When is a poo a good poo?

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   Posted 7/13/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with onset of Crohn's in 2008 I also have diverticula. This was after many years of intestinal discomfort. Any stress, nervousness or upset in my life and I'm heading straight for the loo. sad

I am taking Pentasa 500mg's increased from 4 a day to 6 when I remember. My consultant suggested this when I was there in April. I was complaining of bloatedness, slow transit but with spluttery poo 2-3 times a day with a rush to the toilet in the morning. I'm thinking diarrhoea but I don't seem to evacuate fully and still look like a butterbean, side on. Whenever I eat I feel like I am just topping up the congestion in my intestine. He said to start taking senekot constipation tablets every night and mentioned my diverticula. The first month was fine and my morning poo wasn't so spluttery and seemed like a lot, not solid, but a reasonable mass blush

I now feel that the laxatives aren't working so well and I look about 6 months pregnant eyes

I took Probio 7 in April after taking antibiotics. I have started another month on them to see if it helps. I am vegetarian and the doc has said to eat what I would normally eat.

I'm not sure if recently I have overeaten and now I'm cutting back to see if my abdomen might shrink a bit. I'm continuing with the laxatives and I see the doc again in September.

I'm really fed up and was wondering what any of you kind people have to say about good poo bad poo and any other advice?

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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Bit out of my depth here but as you are a vegetarian I am assuming that what you eat is quite fiberous and wholemeal/brown? At time of diagnosis son would be starving but be physically unable to eat more than a mouthful or two(completely congested all the way through) The advice we were given was no wholemeal/brown rice/bread/ pasta etc and no/minimal fruit and veg. If, like him you have some inflammed areas(they suspected son had stricture but fortunately it wasn't the case) it may be better to lay off these type of grains/fruit/veg until the inflammation has gone down (as a veggie I don't know what you would eat though)

I am sure someone with more knowledge will be able to help.

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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms actually sound fairly similar to mine. I get the bloatedness, slow transit (compared to what I used to have), and feeling of near permanent congestion in my upper intestines plus a constant ache sometimes running into pain. My stool is also usually a particularly foul and horrible liquid.

In 11 years of Crohn's, I have never had a normal poo. Not once. Even the (very) rare solid poos I have have been wrong in some way; either impacted and rock-hard with weird white specks or finger-thin insubstantial bits. The day I get a good, properly-formed, not-too-hard-not-too-soft, beautifully curling poo will be the day of joyous celebrations.

I'm sorry. I wish I could help more, but I don't honestly know what would help :-/ I doubt your vegetarian diet makes much of a difference, unless you are eating lots of fibre. I've found that if I eat a lot of fibre on any one given day, it does seem to slow down my transit time even more. I eat some fibre, but I try to avoid eating loads of fibre at the moment. Some folks are on a permanent low-residue diet, where they cut out fibre completely. That helps for strictures; incidentally, do you know if you have a stricture or not?

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   Posted 7/13/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if I have a stricture shakehead I will ask my doc in September, my next appointment. Meanwhile I may have to restrict the fibre in my diet which is difficult being veggie 'n all.

I'll add stricture to the list of questions ...............

Crohn's versus diverticulosis....mmmmm

Thanks folks for replying

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