D but Xrays always show constipation

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Clcaj
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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Several times in my life (I've had Crohn's for 34 years), I go thru weeks of diarrehea only to have barium Xrays shows that I'm constipated.  This is frustrating because sometimes I feel like the doctors' think I'm lying -  how could I have so much diarrehea but look constipated on an Xray?
 
Has this happened to anyone and has any gastro given you an explanation for it?

Thanks!

JudyK89
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   Posted 11/6/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
You may be constipated (obstructed) meaning solids are stuck, but fluids are making it through. This can be a cycle as the fluids come out and the solids become dryer. Sometimes diarrhea is a sign of constipation. I went through this with my daughter when she was young. Scary time, thought she had CD, but it turned out she was just stressed from a recent move.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Clcaj
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   Posted 11/6/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the reply.  What you said is exactly what I've always thought - that only liquids are getting through.  
 
I've just never had a gastro give me an explanation other than to tell me I'm constipated, so he doesn't know why I'd be having diarrhea.
 
Has anyone else had these symptoms and Xray results, and is it really a sign of a stricture or a blockage?

JudyK89
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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't have to be a stricture or blockage, but with our disease that's the first thing that comes to mind, but sometimes it's just caused by not enough fiber in the diet, which you know we are usually told to stay away from if the disease is active. It's a catch 22.

Do you know if you have active disease? If not, maybe you could try taking a mild stool softener when this happens to see if it resolves?
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Clcaj
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I was in a flare up each time this occurred, but I'll try stool softeners next time.  I've used them before with good results.

Thank you.

gachrons
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   Posted 11/7/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had a problem something like yours and I had lots of water for BM's. So with the 20 mgs of pred and more apple juice I just kept eating and drinking the things that make me go and sure enough I was full of it. I think I was heading for obstruction again so yes you can do what you are enquiring about. The X-Rays sure tell you what is going on. So if you know a food or drink that helps you move stuff along try some of that . I try to eat and drink things that are easy on my system though.Best Wishes. lol gail
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