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kiki87
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
does anyone else find they have to strain when having a bowel movement? i have been having this a lot lately, sometimes not much comes out then other days it goes back to normal. it makes me worried something is wrong! i have pains around my lower abdomen, is this caused by constipation? i'm female and 21 years old. is this common with crohn's? i worry that it's something else doing it. some times i have to go frequently but only a little amount will come out, then sometimes followed by a bigger movement. i'm not enjoying this pain and discomfort!

snohare
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   Posted 3/5/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm male, 44, and you just described my day yesterday to a T, kiki. It's pretty darn sore when you feel you "need" to go but can't - it is usually a sign that the nerves in your gut that tell the anus (which is a complicated, airlock style double valve thingie) when the gut is full, are inflamed and going haywire. (That's assuming that the stools are loose and not hard, lumps which would be constipation. ) This inflammation is also often the source of abdominal pain, pretty much a case of you don't get one without the other. I gauge how good my day will be by how many and hot the "burning coals" around my midriff are.
My answer is (was, yesterday) probiotics, herbal tea or water to keep fluid levels up, some light food, and sleep. I always find after sleep that my gut has calmed, it is a real "reset" button.
The more you can resist going, the less incontinence issues you may have in the long term, according to one theory that says the nerves can be mis-educated by a patient choosing to act upon this inflammatory lie. Certainly I rarely act upon these urgent urges, make a point of always postponing the dash to the wee room, and I have a history of gradually increasing urgency with lots of time to organise myself, rather than catastrophic "do or die" moments.
nono But Crohn's Disease I am sure, was not responsible for the awful grammatical structure of that second sentence, so if you are an English teacher, you are safe from that terrible malady, and I do apologise ! yeah tongue

Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
With my Crohn's disease, I get constipation quite often... So, I understand your discomfort.... Snohare made some very good suggestions... (Sometimes, constipation can make you feel nauseous... so I'd suggest for some of the herbal tea, drinking peppermint tea. It can help a bit.)

Also... Try using a heating pad... Might help get things moving.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I too suffer with C not D. I use stool softners nightly to help soften things up and make them easier to pass. What a difference they make, if I didn't take them I would be in a world of hurt.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

kiki87
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks a bunch for ur replies! just another question. Does anyone know what black sesame seed looking kind of specks mean? Everytime i have a BM they are there? I dont eat seeds of any kind? It isnt blood but i have no idea what they could be from! Is it to do with not absorbing food properly? Or from being constipated?

Celey
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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
You know... I'm really not sure myself.... I don't think its anything to worry about.... A lot of things can make poop appear different... I'd only start to become concerned if there was blood (specifically a large amount of it... a small amount of blood would be no surprise since you have been straining... and that could lead to you having some hemmorroids later, if you don't have them already)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


snohare
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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Could be bile salts, they tend to be black and are not broken down if your food is not properly digested. They are the bits that are so hard to get off the toilet bowl. I really hate those little boogers !
If they look like coffee grounds, or tarry lumps, with associated fever, clamminess, paleness of complexion, nausea, pain and vomiting, that is a whole different kettle of fish.

kiki87
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   Posted 3/5/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
well luckily i havent had any of the latter stuff u mentioned. At least not yet anyways! What are bile salts from? Are they common with crohns? If they are from food not being digested properly would that mean im not absorbing all of what i eat well? Im needing to gain a bit of weight so i dont need anything else to mess up my progress!
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