Your Favorite Non-Prescription Relief for Inflammation and Cramping?

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Lammy
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   Posted 6/1/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I'm a month away from my actual colonoscopy, I'd like to try SOMETHING to help with my discomfort. I missed every day of work last week, and right now the only thing that helps is simply not eating. I tried to order some of those Chrone's Clear shakes to drink instead of the Boost I've been living on, but they are out of stock. Any other ideas? I'm going to head back to school tomorrow whether I'm well, or not. My studnts have exams the next two weeks!
 
All of you are a wealth of great advice. Thank you so much for your time.
 
 

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   Posted 6/1/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some good antispasmodics that can help relieve the cramping. I don't know if any are sold over the counter but surely your PCP/GP should be able to call you in a prescription to get you through the last two weeks of school. Bentyl and Levsin have both worked for me. I'm sure others will weigh in with other names.
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medchrt1
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   Posted 6/1/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
great question. unfortunately i dont know. but i would ask a nurse to give me an IV of saline solution.

ivy6
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   Posted 6/1/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Buscopan can help too, but it's best not to take it in large quantities or for a long time as it can induce psychiatric symptoms.

I find that mashed potatoes can really help d, and chocolate sometimes helps with the discomfort (don't ask me why!). That's just me, though, and you may find that you react quite differently.

Broth and pureed soups might help too. It's important to keep hydrated and nourished.

Best wishes,

Ivy.
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yogaprof
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   Posted 6/1/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
mashed sweet potatoes have lots of nutrients and are fabulous.
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   Posted 6/2/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Ensure, strawberry flavour, tastes 10 times better than Boost. Also I eat bananas to help with the Big D and drink lots of water, dehydration is worse if you dont drink and causes Kidney stones, especially if you have had a resection. Good luck

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   Posted 6/2/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
the best thing i've found for me is fasting. i just let the system rest and drink plenty of water. in 1-3 days i'm fine.
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surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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Kittikatt
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   Posted 6/2/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Light meals (mashed potatoes, Ensure, oatmeal, grits, toast).

Then, if my bowels are still on the fritz I like to use Wal-Mart's Equate brand of Anti-Diarrheal liquid. Just a teaspoon of it stops any spasms for me and usually keeps me from going to the bathroom at all for at least a day.
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Melissa H
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   Posted 6/2/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lammy! Everyone had great suggestions...I just wanted to add that activated charcoal caps help me out with the bloating and gas pain. You can find them in a health food store. Good luck and I hope you are feeling better real soon!

Melissa
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.  http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa_Huffines/743171473


Lammy
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   Posted 6/2/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! I really appreciate all of your great suggestions. I have just made it through a day of teaching without a lot of pain; whoo hoo! I ate only peanut butter and applesauce. On the way home, I loaded up with ensure, bananas, mashed potatoes, chocolate and hummus. I hope hummus is okay-it looks smooth enough.

Kiitykatt, I love grits! Can I really still eat those?

Thanks again, everyone.

Melissa H
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   Posted 6/2/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL! Careful with the hummus...that always gets me tootin'. Okay, only with you guys would I admit to that!!
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.  http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa_Huffines/743171473


chelsea_doll
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   Posted 6/2/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
for D my mom has always told me to go with the BRAT diet. Bananas,rice,apple sauce,Toast. If I feel like I need something different I will have mashed potatoes,scrambled eggs or poaches eggs on toast
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