Dealing with constipation

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/28/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. This is my first post here. You may call me Lily (not my real name :-) ). I'm eighteen years old and in the process of being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. The doctors all strongly suspect that this is the cause of the symptoms that have plagued me for the better part of a year. After a very bad flare involving diarrhea that was mainly blood, the doctors began looking into Crohn's.

I tend to go through cycles of diarrhea and constipation, and right now I am in a "constipation" part of the cycle. My tummy is quite swollen and I am in pain and nauseous frequently. What is safe to use for constipation? I have senna, but it was three days after the last time I used the senna that the bloody diarrhea began last time. I managed to have a BM within 24 hours of taking the senna and then had diarrhea starting the day after that and moving on to the next day. Do you think that it was the stool softener that caused this or was it just horrible fluke? I want relief but I can't decide whether or not I want to use stool softeners. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Post Edited (littlegirlwithblueeyes) : 8/28/2008 11:09:19 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/29/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to relate - senna is not for use with IBD. You should ask your doctor for a prescription for a stool softener. Senna can disturb your electrolyte balance, which is already out of whack from your D. Two things that you can do to help the process - drink more water than you want to (8 glasses a day is good) and either take a potassium tablet or see if your local grocery carries Half Salt (it is a mix of sodium and potassium chloride). You can use that instead of salt on your food and you won't know the difference.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I too suffer with more C than D. I take stool softners (not Senna) every night. They help me to at least have a bm every day. If I didn't go everyday I would have really bad pain.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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