Loose bowel movements, natural remedy?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've had crohns since I was 13 (20 now) and im one of the very fortunate ones. I had about two dreadful years of hospital trips and then Infliximab fixed me up (next on the list was that bag) and I havnt really suffered a lot since. I came off my meds about a year ago but recently, for the past two months, I've started having very loose bowel movements again. about 3-4 a day. I'm not having any other symptons though... I'm almost certain this is because I started drinking a lot of apple juice, which I think im intolerant too. Basically I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas of treatments I can give myself that might sort this out?

Thanks for any help you can offer

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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Nothing natural that I know of, but you could try immodium. I also would highly recommend you get back on some type of maintainence med. Even though feeling well, your Crohns still is in there doing microscopic damage all the time. I learned that the hard way. I once enjoyed a 20 year remission med free and it ended abruptly with an emergency resection, which was quite traumatic. And you will probably hear more stories of folks who quit meds and had bad flares show up.

Good luck
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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   

I found calcium with vitamin D has helped my loose stools amazingly, I have fat malabsorption issues even in remission and it really helps soak it up/bulk it a bit, I actually read about the calcium thing on the IBS board on here, might be worth checking it out. I've also taken codeine for years to help with frequency but the calcium is the only thing I've found (that works for me anyway) that helps with the looseness.

But it does sound like things might be starting to play up again so you don't really want to end up masking symptoms if something nasty is niggling away, probably best to check with a doc just in case.

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   Posted 6/28/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics can help with the probable causes of the trouble - Culturelle would be my suggestion (in many drug stores) or Align or both. You should also pay attention to your food intake - if it makes trouble, don't eat it. about the apple juice - it is probably the pectin that causes the problem. Pectin is not digested by us and then ends up promoting bacterial growth in the gut. There are many gums and thickeners that do the same thing and are commonly added to sauces, salad dressing and many prepared foods. You should probably avoid these also.

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   Posted 6/28/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I use bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9, fibre supplements (aid with D or C) which were recommended by my GI daily and indefinitely, I also take probiotics, vitamins A and C-Calcium Ascorbate (easy on the gut). This combination has certainly helped me (I also drink chamomile tea daily as well as exercise regularly and alterted my diet, no more junk/processed foods/beverages).

I don't take any oral RX as I'm either allergic or non-responsive to them all.
I went from having 30+ BM's/day with bleeding, urgency and lower back pain to average of 5 or less/day no more blood, lower back pain or mucus and now have formed stools...urgency and frequency are still my main issues but I'll take what I can get, it's still better than 30/day.


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

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   Posted 6/29/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I second what Nanners said!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I found an organic acacia fiber supplement that helps when all I need to do is "bulk" it up. It causes gassy bloating for the first week you use it, but it is so worth it... it makes me go ONE time instead of 8. The only trouble is that it ONLY works when I'm in tip-top shape otherwise (no inflamation or anything).
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. Leaning towards Failure there too.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09) Again, not helping much, if at all.
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Feeling a bit jaded lately, but trying to keep my chin up.

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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
idea I find linseed does a grand job of glueing things together, smoothing out the stingy stuff - whether or not it can glue watery stool together I do not know. Try steeping some in porridge overnight and having it for breakfast - you will know soon enough.
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