Difficulty passing stools/constipation/Stricture.....

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Julie1014
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   Posted 4/12/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!  It's been a long time since I've posted but I "visit" every day.  My last colonoscopy in August revealed a stricture.  My GI said I don't need surgery yet.... That being said, I may go a day or two with passing no stool, then the next morning it seems like I can't stop going.  It is never diarrhea.  Sometimes it's formed, other times it is very narrow.  The urge to bear down on the toilet is unbearable.  Sometimes I feel like I am going to pass out.  Then, I'm exhausted for the rest of the day.  Is there anything I can do for some "normalcy?"  Supplements, dietary, fiber, laxatives?  Would increasing the Imuran help?  Thanks so much for any suggestions you may have.  Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Pooie1981
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   Posted 4/12/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont have an answer to your question... but your symptoms kinda jumped out at me. I was diagnosed with UC but lately have been going thru a flare and reading up alot on UC and Crohns. Sometimes I feel like I have more symptoms of Crohns than of the UC, especially while I am flaring. My bms are usually not diarrhea but have been getting very skinny and thin looking. Also, I have abdominal pain all the time since this flare began rather than off and on pain. I am waiting for an appt with my specialist... do you have much abdominal pain with the stricture?
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Sugarmarie
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   Posted 4/12/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking Calcium supplements those will constipate you something awful.
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ALI9
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   Posted 4/12/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Julie

      I to have constipation and very narrow stools, My Gi told me to take miralax 2x daily and to add fiber to my diet.Being constipated is not something I ever thought I would have to worry about!!



Dx: Crohns 1987 probually had since 1982 resections in 1992 an 2002
Gallbladder removed in 1986 The list can go on and on (if you know whatI mean)
Married 25 yr with a 17yr old son


Julie1014
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   Posted 4/12/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Pooie, no, I don't get much abdominal pain, thank goodness.

SugarMarie, I don't take Calcium, although I probably should being on Prednisone.

ALI9, I have Miralax at home from my last Colo.  Maybe I'll try some.  I could certainly add more fiber to my diet.

Thanks so much!  Julie


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Julie1014
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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Ingrid, that's a very good suggestion.  I'm so bad with drinking water.  I don't drink enough during the day.  I need to increase my fluid intake.  Thanks so much!  Julie

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Mishahu
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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are anything like me, it isn't an issue that the stool is not soft - it just has a problem getting through the stricture. I would be careful about taking anything without checking with the doctor first. I'm not 100% sure more fibre is the answer. I find when I have a stricture that a low residue diet is the way to go. But, again, check with your doctor first.
50 years with Crohn's and still going (no pun intended)! Diagnosed in 1958.

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