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hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, here I am again.... more problems. Still no dx of crohn's but I can't help thinking that CD is my issue. Now I am having problems digesting pills again. Not whole this time, but little pieces. I did call my family doc & let him know.

I know I am not doing well nutritionally due to the vomiting & all. But this added to it, just makes it all worse, I think.

Any ideas on what I can do or what is causing this? I am getting so frustrated....
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LMills
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
What kind of pills are they??
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure which, since I take a few different types of white pills.... I have ulceration & inflammation in my stomach.... the white ones that it could be that I am on carafate, hydrocodone, phenergan, and fiorecet. I am guessing it's the carafate, hydrocodone or fiorecet since there is quite a bit of it. Maybe it's all of them, who knows.

Anyone else ever have this problem? It's not my first rodeo with this symptom, but it's been over a year. I was hoping it wouldn't ever return.... It makes me a bit nervous....
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LMills
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem with asacol, but my doctor also told me that a lot of patients had difficulty in fully digesting the shell so that's why I was asking which kind.
hm...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem last year with pain meds & excederin headache (which I don't take now due to NSAIDs, but those were coming out whole). I really have no idea which pills are doing it. It's unpleasant as it's kinda like sandpaper, if you know what I mean....
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kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Just an idea, can you crush them and put them in some pudding or something? Maybe they'll digest better that way.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I can. I just thought I wouldn't have to.... Last time this happened they put me on some liquid medications.

Is this a normal symptom of CD?
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Zanne
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now I'm having a very stressful time, and like most of us, that means more bathroom trips. When that happens, I notice whole pills in the toilet, or so I thought. Not to be gross, but one day, I fished one out with a skewer. It looked whole, but really it was just the shell. It was hollow. So things are going through me really fast, but I must be absorbing some of it, just not processing all of it. Could the same thing be happening to you? But then again, if you aren't getting the medicine you need, then maybe you do need to switch over to liquids for a bit. No point in flushing good money down the drain, literally. Plus you can't get better if you aren't getting your medicine.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, they aren't caplets, but tablets. (the only caplet I take is my prilosec & I haven't noticed the shell.) White clumpy pill pieces. Not whole ones this time.

I have noticed floating poo too. Maybe I just have a bug or something....
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Zanne
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine are tablets too, but they actually have shells to them when they come out. Go figure. That was why I thought that I wasn't digesting them. They looked whole, but when I pierced it with a skewer, it was hollow. All the medicine was gone, just the shell remained. Still something that if it continues you might want to talk to your doctor about. I know that when it starts happening to me, its just my body telling me I'm under too much stress and things are moving TOO fast. I take some immodium to slow things down, if I can I limit the stress (Not possible this time) and try to rest. But seriously, call your doctor if it continues. Any change is worth a phone call if it is concerning to you, that is why they make the big bucks!
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's more like crumbled up white pieces, no outer shell. It's like sandpaper in my poo! Ouch!

Yeah, I called already. Thing is, I am not actually dx'd yet with CD, so who knows what is causing it....
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78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
How quickly are you ingesting the pills and then having them come out in partial pieces? Are they coming out "north" or "south"? (vomitting or excrementing?)
Heidi
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Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.


MissCris
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL I love that we are probably the only people in the world who examine and play with our poo.
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hukleberrie
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I know... I never used to look until I started getting sick & losing weight like mad. The doctors started asking me constantly, so I started looking...

It's in my poo. I did have some come up in the vomit, too, the other day, but that was cuz it wasn't long after I took one, I thought. I am on quite a bit of pills right now, so I don't know how quickly it is happening. I have to take carafate before every meal & at bedtime, then the pain pills, then the headache pills, so there are quite a few & they are all white so too hard to decipher how long it is taking.

I just kinda wonder if I should worry.... or if anyone else has had this problem. It just seems like the last time I was really sick last winter this happened then as well. The weight was dropping off me like water after a shower.... hope it's not a clue of things to come. I am at my limit with this crap. Exhausted is a good word.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm, I examine mine for the most part, but I certainly don't play with it LOL.

If you have D and things are running through you quicker than usual (because of having D) then that could be why your tabs aren't breaking down thoroughly, this is normal for CDers, that's why we're prone to malabsorption and dehydration as well...drink lots of water with your pills and let your doc know about them not fully being broken down, he may be able to give you a liquid form or up the dose some to make sure you're getting the effective amount you need in your system, or he may say it's not too much of a concern at all.

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