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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/20/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have narrow stools with Crohn's disease?

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 5/20/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I do sometimes and other times not. I would say it is about 30% of the time.

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 5/20/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have it on occasion too. I really don't think it is anything to be concerned about.
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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.
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/20/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Me, too.
I believe it is just a result of soft stool being extruded through a rather tense butt.
The stool isn't firm enough to make the anus open to allow passage, so because the stool is soft, the anal opening will determine 'finished size' of what lands in the toilet.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
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.

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   Posted 5/20/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have, on plenty of occassions but not so much since taking a fibre supplement daily...narrow stools could be an indication of too much inflammation in the colon/rectom area, but not necessarily as narrow stools can also be a symptom for IBSers which don't have inflammation.

If you're concerned you should call your doc, especially if this is a new symptom for you, always report new symptoms to your doc.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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