Does Miralax Cause small thin stools?

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star13
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   Posted 10/30/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
So finally after 2 weeks of constipation I was able to go a bit today.

This week I have been eating prunes and took miralax.

Yesterday I had 3 doses of miralax.


My stools today have been very short and very thin.

Not much has been coming out which is shocking since I know I must be very backed up.

Could this be from the miralax?

I am not experiencing any other side effects, just lots of foul gas.

Please help I am getting worried...

shawn12
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   Posted 10/30/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Star have you ever had a sitz marker test? When you say two weeks, do you mean you haven't gone in two weeks at all?

Its not uncommon to have narrow stools ect.. with IBS, some material goes through you faster then other material.
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star13
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   Posted 10/31/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah not at all in the past 2 weeks.

I know thats really bad.



the ones now are so so thin and small. i just dont know if that means i have an obstruction.

it also hurts really bad on the left side of my stomach, especially when touched.

what is a sitz marker test?

shawn12
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   Posted 10/31/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
You should see a doctor right away, two weeks is way to long. That's not to scare you, but its a must as soon as possible.

"When Treatment Isn't Working
"Intractable" constipation means that the symptom does not respond to the treatments described above. Persons with intractable constipation may see a specialist for diagnostic tests. These may include…

•Transit time or colonic marker studies: A simple test that measures movement of material through the colon over time.
•Colonic scintigraphy: An imaging method to show how material moves through the GI tract.
•Endoscopy: Visual examination of the colon using a lighted tube (colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy).
•Lower GI series or barium enema: X-rays of the colon and rectum.
•Defecography: An x-ray test to look at the behavior of the rectum and anus during attempts to defecate.
•Anorectal manometry: A test that measures pressure or contractions in the anus and rectum "

http://www.aboutconstipation.org/site/about-constipation/treatment/



What is a sitz marker test?
A sitz marker test uses tiny 'markers' to test how fast food is moving through the intestines. It is most often used with patients who are suffering from chronic constipation, for example less than two bowel movements per week.

What happens during a sitz marker test?
Your doctor will give you a small capsule to swallow. This capsule contains small markers which will show up on x-rays and let the doctors track their progress through your intestines.

After several days you will asked to return to the doctor's surgery or hospital, and x-rays will be taken of your abdomen to see if any of the markers are left in your colon or whether they have all been expelled from the body.

The more markers you have left in your body, the slower your colon motility.
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


star13
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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't exactly go to a doctor since I am in college and far from home. I will just continue to take miralax and hope things work out.

thanks for the info on that test, I am definitely going to look into that!!!

Thanks for all of your help =)

shawn12
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   Posted 11/2/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Star you need to go to a doctor, its important and you shouldn't put it off, no excuses. The school might be able to help or a free clinic. It is dangerous and you might have an obstrution or problem and they can become life threatening.
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


star13
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   Posted 11/2/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
do you think i would have an obstruction even though i am still having some bowel movements?

shawn12
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   Posted 11/3/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I think NO ONE can answer that and you should see a doctor, because what is happening to you needs to be check out right away. I am also not trying to be mean or anything, its more I care.

Don't just keep trying to self treat. The leading cause of misdiagnoses is self diagnoses.

Go to the doctor seriously.
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


momto3
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   Posted 11/3/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have gastroparesis (stomach paralasys) and I have difficulty with C all the time, to the extent that you are describing, but I had to have testing done as well, and Shawn is very correct when he says that it has been too long and especially if you have exhausted all methods, especially when it comes to laxatives not working.  I'm also a student at a university, but I'm assuming you are an undergrad?? Most, if not all universities have a campus health center where students can recieve health care, and the university here requires all students without health insurance to use the campus insurance.  Please find out where on campus your health office is located and make an appointment, and if you are still on your parent's insurance plan call home and see if it is valid if you are out of state, or at least let your parent's know you are not well.  I'm sure they would want to know right away so that they can get medical help for you.  As a parent, I would want to know if my son or daughter were ill.
 
I hope you feel better very soon.
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