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Lady G
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   Posted 4/24/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I've realized the brunt of my problems with my crohns lie around this whole issue. If things are moving 'normally' then I seem to be fine and painfree, living normally and hardly any flares. However more often then not I find that BM's are almost non existant from day to day or when I do have them it's in such a little amount that things are purely plugged up and not passing. Usually I've come down to taking a laxative (Dulcolax works good for me) about once a week to get things moving, however there are times, like I seem to be going through now, where even that doesn't help and it causes me days and nights of severe pain, missed work and the whole works...

Does anyone else have constipation issues or advice for it? I know relying on laxatives is kind of a no-no but I have read of others on here who say they swear by them nightly or so to keep things moving so sometimes it seems a bit confusing.

It's taken me til lately to realize this seems to be a recurring issue for myself, everytime I get severe pain I realize it's things getting plugged up more then my body is obviously comfortable with and needs to 'cleanse'. Something I'll have to take up with my gastro next time I see him.

Anyways any advice is appreciated on how to keep the body 'flowing' things through it better or what works for others.
(on the side note its Imuran I take for crohns along with Vitb12 shots and lately Vitamin D seems to be an issue too if anyone wanted to know that.)
 


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   Posted 4/24/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
How about taking metamucil daily?
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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Lady G
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   Posted 4/24/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber right? I was thinking along those lines too, pretty sure I fall under that category of 'not getting enough' of that as well. Something I'll have to look into next time I go do the groceries.
 


gatorbites
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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
mirlax for me every morning, i have the same i cant go i start flaring.

Nanners
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I use stool softners nightly in order to keep things softer and easier to pass. They work great for me. Hugs!
 
PS:  These are not laxatives, these just draw the water to the stool to make it easier to pass.


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Lady G
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   Posted 4/25/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, I was looking for stool softeners too but couldn't find them the last time I looked so I just bought the laxatives, pretty sure the dulcolax company makes both..think I'll try the metamucil or try another place to see if they have the softners and such. (I know my mom has the same problem too, so I think I got hit from both sides...dad and me with crohns (I'm 29)...mom who has the same constipation/hard to pass stool issues...oh boy).
 


Roger1953
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   Posted 4/25/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I would pay dearly to be consipated for a few days.

Roger

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   Posted 4/25/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Lady G said...
Fiber right? I was thinking along those lines too, pretty sure I fall under that category of 'not getting enough' of that as well. Something I'll have to look into next time I go do the groceries.


That's right. Give it a shot, just be sure to take with a good amount of water.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


Lady G
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, I was looking on their websites, Metamucil and Miralax both that were suggested, seeing what they all were about...definately going to try one and see how it goes.

Roger1953, lol...I'll trade ya!!! though I know how you feel, when I am sick or get it alot sometimes I think that same way, but mostly dang I wish it would come out. Jealous of my husband at times since he's like clockwork, morning and night I could probably tell the exact hours he'll go....it never fails for him.
Though when I first got diagnosed with crohns it definately wouldn't stop coming out...sometime over the years I switched and can't say I like it since it's where the pain comes from.

But Thank You all for the suggestions, I appreciate it!!
now...to subtly find a way to explain to work why I was gone for 5 days, LOL, oh boy.
 


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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
With regards to what to say at work...

I would just say that you were sick. If they ask for more information, say that you don't feel comfortable sharing. If they get annoyed tell them that you can get a doctor's note. Ask your doctor to write a note that says you were off "for medical reasons". I would hope that your employer is sympathetic, but I don't think there is any reason for you to give details unless you want to.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


Lady G
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   Posted 4/25/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats usually what I do yeah...I skipped the doctor this time since well....going to tell them I was constipated and knew what was wrong and such didn't seem appealing or like a waste of time to others who really needed the help.
The Human Resources at my job knows all the details, that I have Crohns and such. They have all my paperwork. My old bosses knew it too. After I went on Mat leave having my baby last year (just went back in March) all the managers and everyone switched around so now these new ones know nothing, so its the whole 'explaining' thing all over again...oh well....at most I plan on telling them the Human Resources knows, has me cleared, and even said I don't need sick notes all the time (hopefully they still want to hold that true)...but I sure don't know these new bosses enough to tell them any 'dirty' details yet of the crohns and such. If they bug me then I'll deal with it.
29 year old Crohns patient of 10 years. Currently on Imuran and Vitamin B12 injections.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure where you live but here in the US the stool softners are brand name Colace. But I use the generic which is called "Docusate Sodium". You might ask your local pharmacist for a good stool softner. The generics work just as well as the brand names and they are pretty cheap. If you start some fiber product, be sure you start REALLY slow and work yourself up to the recommended dose on the bottle or you will wind up with more cramps etc. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Lady G
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   Posted 4/26/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm Alberta, Canada.
Was shopping today and got some metamucil to start anyways....was noticing the label said start slow, that I can definately do! hopefully it tastes okay.
29 year old Crohns patient of 10 years. Currently on Imuran and Vitamin B12 injections.


Celey
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   Posted 4/27/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Constipation is my problem, too... Perhaps you're not getting enough to drink? Getting enough fiber is important, but so is getting enough fluid in your system, too... I find that making sure I get in that full 8 glasses a day does wonders...
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.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/27/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you regularly drink apple juice there was a an interesting small study about apple juice as a minor treatment for c.
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Celey
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   Posted 4/27/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink juice, in general, on a regular basis.... This V8 Fusion stuff is gooooooood....
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.


Lady G
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   Posted 4/27/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink alot in a day yeah, get that from my mom, I swear she's never without a drink. I'm a bit careful with apple juice and the acidic juices like that though--when I buy apple its purely the non acidic stuff, but I drink it yeah, perhaps thats something to try more 'regularily' though as you said.
29 year old Crohns patient of 10 years. Currently on Imuran and Vitamin B12 injections.


minou
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   Posted 4/29/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. I've tried stool softeners, laxatives and fibre supplements and what works best for is Lax-A-Day. It doesn't make me gassy and bloated as much as the other stuff and it's tasteless. I stir it into a glass of juice every night.
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