why am i so distented and gassy?

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debilitated
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   Posted 6/29/2010 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Im on TPN, Not really eating anything at all but water and my meds.

Im taking Flagyl and Iron suppliments but the SLOW FE ones..

Its odd. Bouts of gas and sometimes its TRAPPED and hurts..
Later passing it.. Cant be an obstruction if im not eating
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Currently:, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 12mcg / 72hrs, TPN, Cardizem
Currently On SSDI


leysa
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   Posted 6/29/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Flagyl does that to me, every single time.
30/f
chronic active colitis/unspecified IBD - still awaiting a PillCam
Lialda 1.2 mg 2x/day
Prednisone 10 mg taper in progress
Remicade - 2 infusions so far
Darvocet or Lortab as needed for pain


debilitated
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   Posted 6/29/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
but the problem isnt the gassy, its the FACT i as so constipated that it barely came out of me.. the flagyl should cause diarrhea.. ans i hear SLOW Fe Doesnt make YOU THAT constipated...

Maybe it was the Cardizem.
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Currently:, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 12mcg / 72hrs, TPN, Cardizem
Currently On SSDI


Nanners
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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it is the Iron making you constipated. It does it to me too no matter what type I use. I would recommend using stool softners in order to soften up the stool so you aren't straining so much. 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!
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Could it be the TPN itself making you constipated? Iron classically constipates, but it's always had the opposite effect on me; upset my stomach and make me go to the toilet even more.

I'm not on TPN but I've been having a weird partially plugged-up feeling in my intestines for nearly a year now. I don't think it's a stricture as I'm not getting obstructions (I thought I had one back in December, but meh: I have no idea really). I don't know what it is, but it's different to anything I experienced previously.

In short; I don't have a clue. Sorry :-/

ZiggyZagnut
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a few times on this journey that I could not figure out exactly what was going on in my system:gas/bloating/constipation/etc....

I do a "system flush" using magnesium citrate ($1.25 at the local grocery store- its a small glass bottle of red liquid) and a liter of water. I drink the whole bottle and 2-3 glasses of water. Within a few hours, I am literally peeing out the butt. I know then I am totally clean and flushed. Then I can start over trying to figure things out. It gives me a "baseline" to try to self-diagnose my gut issues.

Hope you figure it out!

-ZZ
30yo/male/western NY
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Lexapro, Xanax, Darvocet, Cimzea


JAB
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had serious constipation issues when on any prescribed iron supplement. This in turn causes gas to build up and distention and pain. No fun. Maybe it's the iron.

pb4
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   Posted 6/30/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
debilitated, consider trying probiotics, a good one is usually found the the fridge of the store (health food store) research shows that we tend to benefit alot from a good probiotic.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 6/30/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
ZiggyZagnut said...

I do a "system flush" using magnesium citrate ($1.25 at the local grocery store- its a small glass bottle of red liquid) and a liter of water. I drink the whole bottle and 2-3 glasses of water. Within a few hours, I am literally peeing out the butt. I know then I am totally clean and flushed. Then I can start over trying to figure things out. It gives me a "baseline" to try to self-diagnose my gut issues.

 

How well does this work? Could we do it with scopes?? Just wondering...
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!


tulipg17
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   Posted 6/30/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I've done magnesium citrate for a colonoscopy before, it works really well.

ZiggyZagnut
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   Posted 7/10/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure it would work for scopes, just drink a lot of water with it. Also be aware that the cherry flavor (my favorite) causes you to pee out the butt red, not clear, so if you were flushing for scope I would get clear. I find it tastes better and is cheaper than Movi-Prep.
-ZZ
30yo/male/western NY
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Lexapro, Xanax, Darvocet, Cimzea


Ashworthml
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   Posted 7/10/2010 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I get constipated if I take alot of iron, I cut my supplement down from 3 tablets a day to 1 every other day as I found it unbearable some days to go to the toilet. The only time I take more is if I have a lot of diarrhoea for a couple of days then it helps bind it abit, I know I should take more of it but atleast one tablet every other day is better than none at all!
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections

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