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dt19&99
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   Posted 6/17/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
So this ones pretty new to me, I tend to stay on the loose side of things, but my bm's have been moving awfully slow this past week. Everytime I go if something comes out its barely anything so I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a nice, gentle laxative?

huckleberry
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Colace has no stimulant. Very simple and inexpensive.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.


Nanners
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer with more constipation with my Crohns. I take stool softners nightly in order to keep things softer and easier to pass. It helps me to have a bm everyday, if I didn't I would be in a world of hurt. Hugs!
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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!
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Homeboy
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   Posted 6/18/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   

My magnesium was low several months ago.

My g.i. told me it could cause constipation.

Proably not it, but just wanted to add this.


spookyh
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   Posted 6/18/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Magnesium always worked well for me. You could also try Miralax, which is a gentle way to get the bowels going. Like magnesium, it isn't a stimulant, but draws water into the bowel. Milk of Magnesia is also good.

I recently discovered that 1/2 a lemon in water gets the bowels moving really quick like! I drank a glass in the morning because it's supposed to be good for the liver. Little did I know that it can also act as a laxative ;-).
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


minou
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of trouble with constipation and I've tried just about everything. The best product for me has been Lax-a-day.

spookyh
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   Posted 6/18/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Something in my diet was at the root of my former severe constipation. However, since I cut out a bunch of foods at once when I started SCD, I have no clue which one/one was/were the culprit. I've read that intestinal yeast can cause constipation, so maybe that was my problem.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


tabicat
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   Posted 6/19/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I go between constipation and diarrhea all the time. no fun!
sometimes I will go a few days without a BM.

a friend suggested Senakot. (or store brand) it's natural, gentle, and seems to work fairly well.
it may take a couple of days to work, and you may have to play around to find your perfect dosage, but it seems to help me.
26 y/o female from Kentucky.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004. Colon resection in 2004
Had symptoms since about 2002.
Not currently on any medication. On Pentasa and Entocort in the past, with no results.
 
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dt19&99
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   Posted 6/20/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I took a ducolax thursday evening and that got everything out by noon on friday... I may have to give some of these other ideas a try. Probably be calling the GI in the next week or so anyway

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
^Ducolax works. You don't really want to become dependent on a laxative, though. It's better to get to the root of your constipation and solve it by natural means, if you can.

I manage to get by without taking anything, but I do feel on the edge of constipation. Preferred when I was going 5-10x a day than now, when I'm only going 1x a day. That might sound the ideal, but in my case it isn't. I go after waking up normally, but I have to give myself a boring amount of time for my intestines to 'wake up' first, whereas that never used to be the case. And when I do go it's still yucky, foul liquid (sorry for TMI); not like I'm passing nice, well-formed, healthy BMs.

If I do go a day without a BM then the bloating and discomfort increases. If I go even longer without a BM, impaction starts setting in. To prevent that, I drink lots of liquids. Water mostly, along with tea and the occasional, not-too-sugary, soft drink. It keeps things soft and gurgling along. I suppose stool softeners would increase the effect even further, but I'm a bit reluctant to try those when I'm still basically nearly always passing liquid.

At any rate, as long your constipation isn't too severe or intractable, then plenty of water (plus a certain amount of fibre if you can tolerate it) should keep it at bay. But if it's a new symptom and it doesn't go away after a couple of weeks, you should mention it to your doctor. It might mean that the Crohn's has changed in some way.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
apple juice works for me
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