Straining Spells

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/19/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody, I have had chrons for about 3 years. Most of the time I have no major pain or problems. Except for having to go to the bathroom a couple of times a day I have been doing pretty well.  I do occasionally have a problem that I did mention to my GI doctor and regular doctor and they both couldnt give me an answer. I am hoping someone here may have experienced this or have heard of someone who had gone through this. It started in April. I would have a bowel movement and it would be long pieces. My legs would get numb and tingly. After the bowel movement I would get a sensation in my ab area kind of like an upset stomach. It would force me to run to the bathroom and it would make me strain to go to the bathroom and not much comes out. This will go on for 3 or 4 times within the hour and then stop. A few days later it does it again and went on for a week. I then didnt go through this until August for a week and then it stopped until this week. So it seems to come every 4 or five months. Something is making me strain to go even though not much comes out after the first bowel movement. My GI doctor gave me some medication for IBS as he thought it sounded more like that as my discomfort seems to come from just above my groin area. The medication was for cramping. The medication really didnt help me and it blurred my vision so my doctor told me to stop. My doctor did a B12 test and potassium test and everything came back fine. I started a new job this week and have been stressed about having to run to the bathroom 4 or 5 times in an hour. Kind of embarrising. So far it has happened while at home so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can at least make it through the training period without people knowing. It is kind of painfull when I am straining but something is making me go even though I have pretty much emptied. If any body can help or has any advice I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the exact same trouble. As yours, it seems to come out of nowhere, last for anywhere between two days and a week, and then POOF. I'm okay again. I wish I had a more exact answer for you, but I really am not sure what causes it. For me personally, I believe that it is 50% stress induced... I think that when I'm stressed I'm more sensitive to things that normally wouldn't bother me. So, if I'm stressing, and I eat some leftovers... it could be disastrous. If I'm NOT stressing and I ate the same leftovers... I might have been fine? I dunno. I just wanted you to know that I know how you're feeling. It's so annoying to run to the bathroom and strain and strain - and for me - it's completely involuntary straining... I try to breathe and calm my body down - but it just won't listen. And all for what? Not even enough to make a tiny splash. I get really nasty chills, too, when this happens.

The best relief that I have found is this:

1. I make a fresh pot of chicken broth and eat only the broth and jello for a couple of days. (I just toss a whole chicken in a stockpot, and then when the meat is ready to fall off the bones, I take it out and just put back in the good tender pieces). Basically, I try to give my guts a rest. But, since that doesn't always stop the straining...

2. It sucks, but I get up several hours before I have to be anywhere, so that I can go through my whole routine before leaving the house. If I have to be at work at 8, I get up at 5, and wait for the stupidity to begin. I usually drink peppermint tea in the morning, as this not only "stimulates" my system, it also soothes it at the same time. In other words, you can poop what needs to be pooped, and move on with your day. After about 5 trips and/or 2 hous - I'm good to go.
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