2:51 pm - 12/18/2011

period poops

hey all

So lately, I've been experiencing some pretty awful period poops. I don't know how to explain it really without being TOTALLY gross so I'll cut it.


So basically what I'm dealing with is a really weird, tender/painful feeling in my lower abdomen, maybe about six or five inches below my belly button, and it spreads from one hipbone to another. It feels almost like I haven't passed gas in a really long time, but that's not the case entirely. When I try to go to the bathroom to poo, I sit there and try and try and nothing happens except for little rabbit poops :\

It's really uncomfortable. I haven't changed my diet at all so I don't know why this is happening. I just want to go, man.

Does this happen to you at all when you have your period? Please tell me I am not crazy.
acesikks 18th-Dec-2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Not saying that my body is anything CLOSE to normal, but when my cramps get extreme i know exactly what you are talking about.

kaberett 18th-Dec-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, this happens to me. I'd been assuming it was to do with the nodules in my rectovaginal septum (endometriosis FTW) but am not at all sorry to find out that it might not be! (The stabbing pains, however, probably are the nodules...)
teapunk 18th-Dec-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Bah... I haven't been diagnosed with endometriosis yet but I'm having strong feelings that that's what might be wrong with me.

1. I have awful period poops
2. I have incredible migranes/back aches/body aches
3. I get the world's most intolerable cramps that feel like someone is both punching me and stabbing me with knives at the same time, and that lasts from anywhere from 15-45 minutes at a time and they come in about 10 minute intervals, ish...
4. Incredibly heavy, clotty flow

blargfhsdglsjdg.

oh yes, and I forgot to mention the fevers/vomiting/passing out due to excruciating pain.

Edited at 2011-12-18 11:03 pm (UTC)
kaberett 18th-Dec-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
I don't get fevers or passing out (quite, usually) during unmedicated periods. I'm on medication that generally keeps things reaaaaasonably well-controlled. I am still receiving one set of disability benefits (& eligible for another, if I get my act together to apply). This is not normal, and if you're able to get it investigated I'd strongly suggest you do.
teapunk 18th-Dec-2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
I am able, and I intend to. This has been going on for so long that it's sort of second nature to me, and I'm wildly jealous of girls who are like, oh yeah, I'm on my period. No biggie though, I'll just pop on a panty liner and one midol will get me through the day.

I'm like >8| FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUU
gardensatnight 19th-Dec-2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, you sound just like me - my periods have been getting worse too, but the chronic constipation... I take psyllium drink (a generic kind of metamucil), and I don't have a straight answer from the doctors yet on what's causing this (they just keep trying to get me to go on HBC which makes me sick).

But as far as the cramps/constipation - what was explained to me is that chronic constipation like that can make the tissue around your colon/abdomen inflamed and more tender, including the area around your uterus. So when you get to your period time your insides just become a totally inflamed crampy mess for a few days.

Sympathies + hope you feel better soon.
lilsongbird 19th-Dec-2011 01:20 am (UTC)
I can so relate. I'm finally on a set of painkillers which works, but I have gone to the er for menstral pains because I was passing out from the pain- and I'm someone who once set my own broken toe and walked on it for several days because it took a few days to get help, so my pain tolerance is pretty damn high! But my periods? I've been given ponstan and a heavy dose if tramadol to manage the pain. I feel for you. You should get it checked- that does sound like endo (which is what I have).
danibannani 19th-Dec-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
This is my experience right here.
Jamie Travis Endo18th-Aug-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Based on your symptoms it sounds like you have Endo. I suffered from all of those symptoms (minus fevers, but I got hot or cold flashes) for years. Finally when I was 22 I could afford to go to the Dr. - Unfortunately, the only REAL way to be diagnosed with Endo is by having a Laparascopy Surgery (where they go in through your belly button with a tiny camera to look for Endo & if they find it - they burn it off). I had the surgery, & they cauterized whatever endo they found. But a few months later the pain & symtoms were back. I ended up doing a hormone treatment to kill the endo (because Estrogen fuels Endo) called Lupron. The txtmnt stops your estrogen production and basically puts you through menopause for about a year and then your body will return to normal. OMG. Best year of my life because I had 0 periods. Unfortunately, its been a couple of years now since that txtment and my symptoms are coming back.
All I can do to relieve my symptoms are:
1. load up on Ibprofen or Tylenol (500mg-1000mg at a time --sometimes Tylenol is the only thing that will stop my cramsp).
2. Wear pads (when I wear tampons when its the first day or two, it makes the pain worse & I feel like Im constantly changing them bc the flow is so heavy)
3. Wear socks & avoid cold drinks & ice cream (crazy, but when my feet are cold it makes my cramps worse or when I eat ice cream or have a lot of ice in my drink)
4. Drink hot tea
5. & last but not least - when I have to be out and about & the pain is bad, I buy those Thermacare Menstrual Wraps. They stick to the inside of your panties and produce heat for a few hours. Love this when I cant be cuddled up in bed with a heating pad !
theonlymeyouget 18th-Dec-2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
If the only stool you're passing is little hard balls, you're constipated and that's why you're in pain. Having your period and/or PMS can stimulate bowel action, but if there's too much hard stool in your colon to move, you're just going to cramp.
fallconsmate 19th-Dec-2011 12:26 am (UTC)
i'm not saying that its *only* constipation, but that's a typical constipation issue, cramping and little poop balls like that.

you may want to start increasing your fiber intake, especially around period time...whether you eat more salad, or use some sort of fiber suppliment is up to you. if you *do* use a fiber suppliment, though, do drink at least one full (8 oz) glass of water with it.

i take psyllium fiber every day as part of the diabetes/cholesterol treatments my doctor recommends, and i can TELL if i miss a dosage. fiber makes for a happy colon. ;)
soulsearch2010 19th-Dec-2011 02:37 am (UTC)
i concur w/all above. talk to your doctor. passing out from the pain? that's sounds pretty scary and you have my deepest sympathies.

as for the period poops, does it only happen on ur period? if it's constipation, fibre can help, but only combined w/lots of water and exercise. if ur in too much pain to exercise, during ur period, then exercise regularly beforehand. constant movement of ur body helps to get things moving in ur bowels and also finding ways to relax, like sex and orgasms or meditation.

when i was constipated my doctor suggested i try going right after breakfast and my body seemed to react to the timing. i also combine w/coffee, and a tall glass of water.

exercise and water helps w/period cramps too, not during cuz ur in pain, but before.

goodluck!

cloudsinvenice 19th-Dec-2011 10:56 am (UTC)
I get alternating constipation and diarrhoea during periods; I understand that both are pretty common. But it does sound like there are other things going on which that problem is interacting with. I hope you can get some answers from the doctor.
enismirdal 19th-Dec-2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Much much sympathy.

I definitely tend to poop less in the few days leading up to my period, and then once my period arrives, I poop more for one thing, and my cramps and the need to poop often feel pretty similar to me for another, so altogether more time spent on the toilet! I wouldn't go so far as to say constipation followed by diarrhoea in my case, but I could definitely imagine it might be like that for other people. I do get the impression that periods can bring out some "personality quirks" in some people's intestines.
nika_neko 22nd-Dec-2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
My "poop cycle," so to speak, goes haywire on my period. I'm never quite sure if it's because of the cramps, or just because my hormones are being wacky, but either way, I get diarrhea alternating with constipation. It sucks. And the cramps make it harder to go.

My periods aren't as bad as yours, but my cramps make me want to eat ibuprofen like it's candy. -_______- I don't have a solution for you, because I haven't found one myself, but I'm guessing some combination of fibre, exercise and water will help.
Carrie Wallace Horrible cramps, fainting, fevers during period: here is help13th-Dec-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
The blue (extra strength) BC powder is the only thing that works for me. It is OTC manufactured by Glaxo-Smith Kline.

I've gotten quite a few of my friends on it. The proprietary formula may have changed recently but it is amazing, fast acting stuff. I take that, go to sleep, and wake up ready to go to work, write, be with my son, whatever.

An accomplishment, considering how my period makes me feel on that first day...
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