Is this narrowing from scar tissue? What can be done?

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Dave123
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not in a flare but have flat thin stools. When I go, it takes a few hours for everything to work it's way through, with thin flat poops every 20 min, then I'm good for the next day until the cycle repeats.

I'm guessing this is narrowing from scar tissue? What can be done? Fiber or low residue will help? Is surgery inevitable to deal with scar tissue?

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Dave have you tried a liquid diet for awhile?
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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in remission and have skinny stools all the time. I don't think it necessary means a stricture. I know we have had this conversation before and many folks have this happen.

If medications work to calm your symptoms then it means a stricture is from inflammation. If no meds work, then generally the stricture is caused by scar tissue. Once you become symptomatic and start having the obstructions, if no meds work, then you would be a surgical candidate then. Hope that helps.
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Dave123
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   Posted 6/1/2009 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not tried a liquid diet. What would be the expected result? I would think the benefits would be temporary and return as soon as I resumed solid food again.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
The benefit would be to rest any area that might be inflamed. If there is any active disease, even though you can't feel a flare, a rest might give it some time to heal. But how long would be the question. If this is a new symptom and you haven't seen your doctor in a while, it just might be time to set up an appointment.
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Dave123
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   Posted 6/1/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
What is meant by liquid diet? Ensure or Boost? Seems expensive

Nanners
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   Posted 6/1/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Broth, jello, juice, ensure and boost. Like when you are preparing for a scope. Clear liquids but you don't have to worry as much about the red or purple things.

Do you feel you are flaring or are you just concerned about skinny stools? If you aren't flaring then no need to go on the liquid diet. If you are just concerned with the skinny stools, many of us suffer with them, including me, and I am in remission. Good luck!
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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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Dave123
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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not flaring. It isn't so much the skinny stools (I've had those a long time). I was hoping to find a way diet or otherwise to help the 3 hours it takes to get all the skinny stools out :) I'm good all day except for those 3 hours where I'm camped out in the bathroom.

onthecan
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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,Dave I have had skinny bowel movements since I started using Humira and I know how frustrating it is cause at least when you have the (D's) all the time your in and out of the bathroom quick but you still go a lot but with these skinny bowel movements you feel like you are going to be sitting there foe hours I don't know about u but for me it feels like my bowels are never empty so I continue to sit there and there is some strain which is also not good,but I don't believe that a liquid diet would help you not on less you feel like there is a flare-up coming on or you are in a lot of pain and could possibly have a bowel obstruction due to the narrowing in the bowel have they done a scope on u to see if were u had your resections it is in fact narrowing in one place. I hope everyone has a great night I know I will the sleeping pills are kicking in so time for bed I'm glad I'm back with all my buddies here on the forum. Jenn yeah
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


Iram
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   Posted 6/5/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
From my understanding the shape of the stools are determined in large intestines. Hence, one cannot determine whether one is feeling unwell based on shape of the stools. But for those of us suffering from CD a combination of inflammation, scarring, and strictures are affecting our daily bowel movements, one cannot make the determination based on stool shape. However, obviously something is going on in our GUT on a day-to-day basis that is not fun.
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