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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering when to worry when you get constipated.... it's been a few days since my last BM, which is so unusual for me. Anything I should watch for? What's best to get things moving again? A big meal or fiber?
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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
What meds are you on, hb, and what's your usual diet?
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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently on am prilosec (pcp thinks I may have a stomach ulcer), amiltriptyline (to slow GI tract down & help me sleep), Lortab (for pain) & BCP (for my cycle getting out of whack since this whole sick thing has happened.) I also take Digestive Health & vitamins. I was taking azulfidine as needed, but my pcp wanted me to see another GI for a second opinion & for some reason he told me to keep off it for a while. Even on these meds, that are known to constipate, I was still going 2-3 times a day. Then a week os two ago things started getting worse with pain after I ate & going a lot. Now I have not went since Sunday.

I am not on a specific diet currently. I was on the low fiber, low residue diet for a while, but seemed to be doing a bit better for a long time, besides the pain.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
How much elavil are you on? I find a magnesium supplement helps C.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 20mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Betaine, digestive enzymes, Candicin (oil of oregano capsules), Beta Sitosterol.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
50 mg at bedtime. I haven't tried the magnesium, I will have to try that. Thank you.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had diarrhea for over 25 years. Then Remicade got my gut into remission and I was going once a day. Then I had to take evil pred a couple times for lupus flares and I got very constipated. I was going once every 5-6 days. Mentioned this to my GI and he said, "whoa!. That's not often enough." He told me that he wants me to go at least every other day. So imagine my"whoa" when I picked up my Miralax - this huge bottle of powder to mix with liquid to make a laxative cocktail. I digress, so according to my GI you would be overdue for a BM. Be careful. Before you run out, get a laxative or any supplement, call your doctor and describe the problem. He knows your history and is in the best position to deal with this new problem.

Also, constipation caused by medications can also led to other issues. I once got constipated by a medication and ended up with a couple fissures when I finally passed the log. You don't want that to happen either.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibre supplements daily and indefinitely is good so long as you don't tend to get strictures/blockages, fibre aids with both D and C, my Gi told me to take it daily and indefinitely and 5 yrs later it's still doing wonders.

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   Posted 12/18/2008 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Check with your doctor first. I developed constipation about a year ago. I now take Miralax every day and it has done wonders for me. The best of luck to you! Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
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   Posted 12/18/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I use stool softners daily to help keep things moving. You might give those a try.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/18/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Ah, luckily things got moving a little bit. Not much stool, and lots of mucus, but it's a start! ; )

I go to my doctor tomorrow so I will see what he says I should do.
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