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I have terrible abdominal cramps and wind for over a year now. I used have it just on and off before that, but nothing serious, however it is getting worse and sometimes i just want to cry with frustration. Have had a colonoscopy and ct scan, with exception of thickening of stomach wall, all was clear. No particular food seems to trigger it, colpermin doesnt help anymore at all, nor colofac. My periods seem to be up the left a bit too, usually 24 day cycle, was 16 (after colonoscopy, came next day), then 28, now 32 days and still waiting. Not pregnant. Do you think there might be a connection? I also have an 'uncomfortable' hip since January, and basically am in bad form with the whole lot. Any ideas?

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replied September 24th, 2009
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Your symptoms (abdominal cramps and wind, irregular periods) with a CT finding of thickening of stomach wall should be investigated further in line of endometriosis. The other possibility is polycystic disease of the ovary or PCOS. The irregular periods and abdominal cramps may or may not be related.
Also you feel that no particular food seems to trigger it. However it is very difficult to pinpoint gluten intolerance as almost all food items have either oat/wheat/barley. You should take a gluten sensitivity test to rule this out. Lactose intolerance is easier to detect. Also some people have intolerance to carbohydrate in general. This too should be looked at.
There are many causes for irregular periods such as high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance, highly stressful life, chain smoking, and dramatic changes in life style. Other important causes of irregular periods are PCOS and fibroid uterus. Menopause is also a time of hormonal imbalance and irregular periods (you could be going through this at 44 years).
Discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist. It is difficult to comment beyond this on net without examining. Take care!

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