My usual tendency is towards diarrhea, but over the few weeks I've been tending towards constipation. The constipation episodes have not been full blown until this past weekend. I've been having another stomach issue lately (most likely not related to crohn's) and have been taking more librax as a result, as well as zofran several times a day -- both of these meds can cause constipation. In addition, I haven't been drinking as much water as I should because I just can't hold a big enough volume in my stomach right now to fit in the recommended 64oz per day; I'm not dehydrated, but I'm sure the lower volume of water is also contributing. Even with the constipation I'm still getting bouts of diarrhea a few times a week. Most of the time the diarrhea episodes are on par with what I typically experience, but I've had 3 worse than normal episodes during this time frame.
This weekend's constipation episode was pretty awful and I don't want to go through that again, but I don't see any of the above changing anytime soon. I did try increasing my fiber intake this weekend, but that seemed to have minimal impact if any. I was thinking about taking some type of stool softener, but I don't want to overdo it and set off a diarrhea flare. I know for some the alternation pattern is common and I'm hoping that one of you might have suggestions on a more gentle stool softener/laxative I can try or some other tip.
As an FYI, I have seen my GI throughout this -- she even warned me of constipation as a possible side effect from the zofran, but since it seemed like such a remote possibility in my case, we didn't talk about what to do if it happened. Unless something gets drastically worse, I'll see her again at the end of the month, at which point I'll have some more tests done, unless things improve.
TIA for any input.
Thanks for the suggestions -- I actually just picked up some prunes, so I'll give those a try. Given my other issues I think the prunes might be better for me right now than juice, but if they don't do the trick I'll get some prune juice. I'm one of those odd people that actually like the taste of prunes, so hopefully the juice won't take too much adjustment.
Tes - unfortunately me and fiber don't get along too well normally and salads are a particular trigger food for me. My diet hasn't been too well balanced lately and I'm sure that's contributing -- I'm trying to be more mindful and eat balanced plus sneak in fiber where I can.
mkl -- I'm one of those lucky crohnies that also has IBS. Pamine forte typically keeps my IBS in check. It could be that my current issue has set something off, but I really think that it's a combination of med side effects and some mitigating factors rather than a bout of ibs. Even when my IBS was active, I still had diarrhea pre-dominant symptoms.
artist guy -- I think I have some papaya supplements, I'll try taking those. I bought them by mistake when looking for a digestive enzyme...like you said here we can talk about anything...that's not so true in the health food store, so when I said i was looking for a new brand of digestive enzymes, the employee who helped me recommended the papaya ones. The openness on this forum is great, as well as the fact that it seems no matter what I post about, there are always a handful of people going through the same thing that can always offer great advice.