Does anyone experience "dumping"?

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   Posted 7/7/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
As many of you know, I have IBS-like symptoms from rectal cancer in 1999, 90% of my sigmoid removed, 15 inches of my colon removed and having my gall bladder out. I have multiple bm's now, follow a low residue diet, keep my stress level low, take 50 mg of Colace each evening, etc. I do okay but I'll never be normal again. I've given up that dream! Long ago.

But one of my colon phases or aspects is what I've heard referred to as "dumping". It seems as though even if I've followed my diet carefully and did everything right, in other words not eating lots of candy, chili, spicy foods, etc. - I still have what I would call repeated bm's for several hours, a few times a month. It seems as if this is my body's new way of emptying the colon, because when it's over, I feel empty, depleted, cold and ravenously hungry (which starts the whole cycle up again, so I often just drink water and go to sleep instead).

Does anyone experience this dumping effect? The stool isn't D but it's not formed either, it's in between and keeps coming. I joke the bm's are like labor pains, they're every 10 minutes apart, or so it seems like to me.

Also, I feel so much better when it's all over with (the next day) so I usually allow this phase to continue, I don't try to stop it with Imodium, etc. I just let my body do it's thing and I just go with the flow - no pun intended.

I welcome feedback. This just seems to happen every month or so. My family doesn't quite get it. They say - just stay in there and finish. Finish? Finishing takes several hours! They of course all go once a day......the lucky dogs!


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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I get that problem too every once in a while. Due to how I feel while this is happening I've termed it Mass Evacuation. It feels like all the valves between my stomach and my rear are stuck in the open position. I'm starving after it ends too. I have a rule now that once I've been sick( like multiple trips in a short time frame) I wait two hours before I attempt to eat again and then it's things like rice and bread with a little butter on it for taste. Most of the time it doesn't kick it back into overdrive but I do get a massive case of the gurgles. I can hear when it hits my stomach and it freaks my husband out if he's not expecting it. It's that loud. But with me it usually starts "normal" and by the end I'm down to D. But like you said I feel better too the next day. I try and let it run it's course since mine only lasts two or three hours and I know I can put up with the pain that comes along with it for that long.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Nice to hear I'm not alone but sorry to hear you go thru it too Lady Frog. It does only last a few hours. And you do feel better later on (usually the next day or two). But while it's going on, it's just one bm after another. That's why I compare the bm's to labor have to find the humor somewhere. One beverage that seems to speed the process up is hot, weak tea. It goes down well and soothes my gut. I also massage my abdomen. I know my family would prefer I stay in the bathroom but I'd rather try and come out for air a few times during this entire process. Since the 4th was a few days ago and our neighbors have continued to shoot off fireworks each evening, our Golden Retriever was holed up in the bathroom too. One time she didn't want me to leave. After hearing her loud sighs and pants and my lovely odor, I wanted out of there, even if to grab another cup of tea. Then she didn't want me open the door for the next round. I worked my way back in and she sighed at my feet. She afraid of the noise, I was taking care of business.

I do feel better today but a little tired. That's another aspect. You are depleted and just wrung out. As if you'd taken a powerful laxative! And all you did was let your GI tract clean itself out.

My ex-sister-in-law has IBS and is a nurse. She used to tell me how many of her coworkers had IBS like issues. She's the first one that mentioned the dumping effect to me. She used to describe their personal medication stash at work as if it was the laxative/fiber aisle at Kroger's or something! She used to joke that nursing and IBS went hand in hand.....I'm not sure if I buy that explanation but when I would describe what my body does every month or so (and it doesn't coincide with periods or anything female related), she said - oh that's dumping.....

Whatever it is, it's annoying. I'm always so glad when it hits and I am home.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
<<(and it doesn't coincide with periods or anything female related)>>

Actually, it could very well be related. Your period is not the only time of the cycle when you are experiencing a fairly sudden change of hormones. You ovulate roughly halfway through your cycle, and there could be a connection there. Everyone knows your temp often goes up very slightly then; why not a bowel movement to accompany it? LOL. But IBS affects more women than men, so I'd not be surprised at all if they one day figure out what hormones affect it and treatments for it will involve hormone therapy.

<<She afraid of the noise, I was taking care of business.>>

My mother's dog is terrified of thunder, guns and fireworks. My mother gets valium or something like that from the vet every year and drugs her on the 4th. She claws them to death trying to climb them if they don't. Oh, and she also has to put a diaper on her for the night because she gets so relaxed on her drugs she will wet herself.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I tend to avoid tea as ANY caffeine is a trigger for me. No chocolate, soda, tea, coffee, nothing. Though I do have some fancy coffee that I love for when I get backed up. If I am going to have to take a laxative I might as well enjoy it. I like ice water for when it happens. I don't know why but one of the ways I know that it's going to be a mass evacuation is that my tummy burns. Like when you've drank something hot too fast and just your stomach heats up. I keep a couple bottles of water in freezer just in case. By the time my tummy feels better enough to put liquid in it, they have melted enough for me to sip at them.

My parent's dog used to be terrified of fireworks. He'd climb under the couch( he was a Pomeranian) and he'd be shaking so bad that it was like one of those massage chairs. We never got anything to help calm him down because he wouldn't take it the one time we tried. So my brother and I would take turns laying on the floor and feeding him treats in his "safe spot". We realized he was going deaf when the one year he didn't dive for cover when they started. Now they have a cat that hates them. She just goes in her closet and curls in the corner and goes to sleep. If she's in her spot it doesn't matter what's going on, she feels safe and ends up taking a nap. Their other cat though loves them. She makes weird noises and would love nothing more then to chase them down and attack them. Not much bothers her.

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   Posted 7/7/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't be surprised if it was related to monthly menstral cycle, my crohn's and IBS both act up just before, during and just after, so if I'm lucky I get about one decent (but still not perfect or great) week out of a month.

Hormones are definitely related to our bowels, even many women with no bowel issues complain of bowel habits changing during their monthly cycle.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 7/7/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have serious, serious dumping issues every day. I'm a little whacky, though. As soon as I eat, I'm having ridiculously profuse diarrhea for a couple hours afterwards. Then I'm safe for a little while (until I eat again). I hear you on this and sympathize tremendously!
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   Posted 7/7/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
This happens to me about once a month as well. Usually it happens in the morning and I just have to take it easy for the 1st 1/2 of the day. Lots of tea, maybe a heating pad, and sleep if I can squeeze it in between trips. =)
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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
You know after reading all the replies here - thank you all by the way - maybe it is female related. I don't know. All I know is I am 53 and just starting to skip periods. In the past oh 6 to 8 months, I started having them every 2 or 3 months apart. But before that, up to age 52, I was having a monthly period still. I did start at a late age, 15. So I've always just chalked it up to that too that I'm entering the oh so fun M stage at a late age.

I also have a mild uterine prolapse. My GYN swears that if I have a hysterectomy someday I'll have less bm trouble.

But that's major surgery and our family of 4 each has a $2500 deductible. After that only 80% is covered anyway. We'll have 2 in college this Fall also.

So a hysterectomy isn't mandatory and I'm reluctant to believe it when a doctor says surgery will help me. So unless he says my uterus is outside my body now, sorry for that lovely detail, I'm keeping my body as-is for right now!

This dumping is just annoying because I know if I try and stop it, it makes matters worse, not better but while it's going on, it's quite frustrating. In the middle of this last bout, my husband had a friend pop in. I had to change bathrooms and use my least favorite toilet (refills take forever and it just flushes odd). I had to leave my favorite powder room, in case this friend wanted to use a bathroom. The dog had to leave too!

Oh, how I'd love my own bathroom!

Thanks again everyone..

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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
HEy Marsky,
I think that it might actually be a normal BM! I think that because you have been on a healthy diet your body knows when to do the cleaning out thing. Maybe this is a good thing? I dont know but I have this too sometimes. It is very painful (like labor) and then afterwards I'm starving and exahsted, like I ran a marathon or something. But it almot never happens at a convinient time. It will start like before work, or during church or somehting. It makes me want to stay home and never come out. I hope you find some relief. Let us know if you do! And just know you are not alone!
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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
In my house this is dubbed "bathroom day" because when it's my day I'll be in there for hours until I'm emptied out.  I literally cannot go anywhere or if I'm out cannot leave for hours.  It is completely and utterly exhausting and by the time I'm finished I need to lay down and have a nap.  I also experience incredible bowel spasms when this happens.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when this will happen but prior to my hysterectomy I do recall that it happened more right before my period.  I actually weighed myself and lost 4 pounds during my last episode on Sunday  :-) .  Sorry to hear somebody else also experience this lovely phenomenon.
Take care, Softy

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