I need input from you "long timers" on whether or not my definition of constipation is correct. It seems to me that we sometimes have the sensation of constipation when our ilium or end of our small intestine swells up and stops most flow at that point AND then we have more typical constipation when our large intestine or colon swells up and prevents the emptying of our colon. Both feel to us like we are constipated because we can not empty our bowels, we get bloated and feel many different levels of discomfort.
The important thing for us to do is differentiate between the two types of constipation because the treatment for each is very different. If we are clogged at the ilium with pain on the right side or right middle then we should decrease or eliminate our food intake and concentrate on liquids until they start to flow through. In this case we should NEVER take laxatives because they only work in the colon and will only put more pressure on the ilium since they will be unable to get to the colon until things open up. If the ilium is open but we are clogged in the colon with pain on the left side or left middle then we can take laxatives to get things moving through.
Am i on the right tract or am I missing an important point???? Thanx
Old 72 yr old man diagnosed 11-08 with Crohn's. Take Colazal, Pred 30mg, 6MP 75mg, and received 1st dose Remicade 3-27-09. Waiting for 1st remission soon.