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papatini
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   Posted 2/24/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys & gals,
   Been having trouble with the opiates I take for chronic pain causing const. I feel like it's starting to turn into a blockage. My crohn's the last few years has been confined to my rectum. I really don't feel like I have much control over my bowel movements, like things feel dead down there. I know my G.I. says don't be afraid to strain, but to me it feels like it makes things worse. I just went through this blockage type feeling last week and went through the most painful movement I 've had in years. Now i'm afraid its happening again. Stool softeners, miralax, stimulant laxatives, all that just seems to make things worse. I'm kinda getting to a dead end here. Any suggestions or similar episodes out there?
1998 ACF level C4-5 , 2001 DDD, 2006 ACF level C6-7, Herniated T6-7 , and bulging C3-4
 Diagnosed 1995 - Crohns Disease, 2006 diverticulosis
 Hep C - COPD - Glaucoma - Cateract - Permanant floater - 1 clogged artery
take kadian 50mg, Morphine Sulate IMM 30mg , flexeril, sulphasalazine, bentyl, lomotil, klonopin, and
cymbalta 120mg
               
 


stkitt
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   Posted 2/25/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello, I am Kitt.
I do not know what meds your taking or how much but Opiate pain medications like Morphine or Codeine are notorious for causing constipations. This category of drug delays gastric emptying as well as delaying stool transit through the small bowel.

Perhaps you should talk with your physician about a non opiate pain med.  I am not a professional so I cannot suggest any  other meds.
Take care
Kitt


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/25/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there
I do agree with Kitt on the opiates causing constipation for most ppl ...However I have Crohns and I am on Morphine 60 mgs bid and percocets for B/T pain ,was on Oxycontin but have switched back to the Morphine for personal reasons .......I have constant D every day even with all the strong opiates I am on
Lomotil is a strong med for constant D and here in Ontario a rx is needed I dont know about where you are ........
Perhaps it could be the mix of the pain meds and the lomotil .I am not really sure
I would talk to your doc about this though and hopefully something can be done to help you out
Plz keep us posted
Take care
LYN
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Matthew
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some medical studies being conducted on this very issue. Maybe ask your GI bnext Appt. or phone call, ok?

Sincerely,
Matthew

gachrons
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   Posted 2/25/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Perhaps a different med for your CD would reduce the need for pain meds do you have any strictures? Hope you can resolve this issuse I do know that the morphine causes C in people and they need a special type of lax. lol gail

gachrons
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Total Posts : 4527
   Posted 2/25/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Perhaps a different med for your CD would reduce the need for pain meds do you have any strictures? Hope you can resolve this issuse I do know that the morphine causes C in people and they need a special type of lax. lol gail

papatini
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 2/26/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone,
My pain doc was going to put me on a trial for new meds that stop C when you're on opiates, but my crohns disqualified me. I'm more worried about the feeling that I don't have any control over my bowels. It just feels like I have no feeling below my belybutton and the only way I can have a movement is when it just comes out like a broken faucet. I have ED so I need meds for sex too. It's all been going on so long I'm sick of it. I just spend my days as a professional patient. GI docs, Neuro surgens, pain docs, GP's, Urologists, eye docs, heart docs, Lung docs, psyc docs. I can't keep track of all the things wrong with me and all the meds I take.

Thanks for letting me rant a little bit,
papa
1998 ACF level C4-5 , 2001 DDD, 2006 ACF level C6-7, Herniated T6-7 , and bulging C3-4
 Diagnosed 1995 - Crohns Disease, 2006 diverticulosis
 Hep C - COPD - Glaucoma - Cateract - Permanant floater - 1 clogged artery
take kadian 50mg, Morphine Sulate IMM 30mg , flexeril, sulphasalazine, bentyl, lomotil, klonopin, and
cymbalta 120mg
               
 


gardenlady
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   Posted 2/26/2008 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Opiates are notorious for this kind of thing. A really good natural stool softener/laxative? Honey. Dissolve it in tea or warm water, have it on bread, just eat a spoonful or two. For me anything with any sort of apple in it does the trick, but that's one of those foods that I just have to be careful of, so I don't know if it will work for anyone else. You can also look at the drug store for supplements with senna in them -- that tends to be the gentlest of the over the counter stuff, and again, you're looking at natural medicine.

Epsom salts disolved in water can be used, directions are usually on teh carton, but I have no idea where they sit on the gentle to harsh meter.
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If it will help to remove the darkness."
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