An open "apology" to those of you with constant C

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   Posted 8/24/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I admit it.  I always thought it was a little easier to have C than to have the sprints to the potty.  I admit it.  I thought wouldn't it be great to have C at least you don't have to worry about where every bathroom is and if there is TP.  I admit it.  I longed for the days before my rupture when I went only once a day and was jealous of all you who posted about constant C.
I now remember what a literal and figurative pain in the butt C can be.  For the first time since 1990, I have long term C.  I haven't figured out what is causing it yet and I happen to have a GI appt next week, but I go once a day if I am lucky these last few weeks.  This full, crampy, heavy feeling really stinks.  I actually miss the D---at least that didn't tear me up devil   as much when I went.  I actually grunted on the potty yesterday yeah   trying to go.  OK on the positive side, I don't have to use the gross work bathroom as much and my appetite is satisfied quickly so I could lose some of this fat  scool .
So is this my future?  Do I no longer have my exercise program of sprinting down the hall?  Do I have to fear the backsplash of fully formed poo forever?  Is the phrase "uhhhhhhh, aaahhhh" now a normal part of my vocabulary?
I don't know, but I will never take posts about C as lightly as I had in the past!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, stable with Pentasa, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, only on B12 and vitamin supplements now
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Before my first resection I lived for years with C.  In fact, I had to take stool softners everynight or else I didn't go.  Have you tried those?  They really help to keep things moving and making sure you are going everyday.  Sounds like you probably have narrowing or a stricture somewhere.  And that is causing your system to slow down and also cause you to feel full faster.  Sure hope you get some needed answers when you see your GI.  Good Luck!

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Finally someone who feels my pain :) However, It is nice to not have to look for the next Exit sign on the long roadtrips!

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   Posted 8/24/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
my C hurts, but I feel sorry for those who are trapped on the pot with D; I can go on long trips without a worry.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and with pain, but doing ok.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The worst is the bout of C I had where I constantly felt the urge to go just couldn't push it out. Then you are still running to the bathroom just not getting the relief once you are there. The C I can live w/ is the no urge at all. But being a typical D girl, I'm being careful what I wish for.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
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   Posted 8/24/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow One way or the other the poop gets us ! lol gail

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes C is the WORST, not saying that those who suffer with D is a picnic, but I think they both suck. I always feel full, bloated, cramping and fat. Then it is just a terrible feeling when it feels like you need to go and you can't. So i sympathize, but like Gail said one way or the other the poop gets us...

MMAC, Wife & Mother of 3 (14, 13 & 7) - Diagnosed w/CD June05 (terminal ileum)

Asacol (9 daily), Imuran (150mg), Prenisone (15mg), Cipro (1000mg)Lunesta (3mg), Phenergan (when needed) - Remicade as of 7/24

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll take my C any day. I haven't had much D in my life at all and I prefer it that way. I'd rather just be regular but since I can't.....I'll take my stool softeners and survive. :-)
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07.  Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
Ginger :)

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   Posted 8/24/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes OMG the colcort is slowing me up. It's like all day there is more, just a bit at a time.
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2006
Age 30
Asthma, Rosacea, Venous Insufficiency, Malabsorption and Excessive Bile production
Questran 1 package per day
Colocort Enema 2 per day
Advair 100, 2 per day

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   Posted 8/26/2007 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes the C is no fun......and the gas that goes with that aint no fun either....for anyone. I must admit I'm always curious about how my C is going to end up looking like. We crohnies have a habit of studying things once they're out....makes us an odd bunch doesn't it? Well, mine look like jigsaw puzzles one day, ( black on one side and almost white on the other....what the h...ll does that mean ..I don't know), other days, I'm pooping teeny weeny pencils, with tiny little round erasers. We should have a contest on the oddest looking stool!LoL.
Constipated Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/26/2007 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have Crohn's, my son does, but I do have colonic inertia that of course causes severe constipation. In fact, Mr. Colon is coming out in a couple more weeks because of it. I've gone as long as three weeks without going. My regimen includes drinking a bottle of magnesium citrate every Friday after work for my weekly poo.
I honestly feel worse for my son during his flairs because of the D. His butt gets so sore from going so much. Being in college he has to find excuses as to why he's going to the bathroom so much. He has only told a couple of people about the Crohn's but otherwise keeps quiet about it.  
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Status post colon resection, but now heading towards a total colectomy in September.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.

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   Posted 8/26/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
As horrid as it is, I will keep my C over the D any day. I actually thought 'some' D would be preferable to never being able to go like a normal person...that is until I did my prep for my c-scope. Nope, never want to have constant D. Something about "walking in someone else's shoes" comes to mind! I feel for all of us.
"My "Trifecta" - CD, AS & RA...

Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield

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Remicade every 6 weeks, Methotrexate weekly, Folic Acid daily

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