Mineral Oil for hard stools

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JHP
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   Posted 2/5/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going nuts!!  I can feel the hard bm wanting to come out, but there is no lubrication.  My Hematologist does not want me straining, so he has recommended Mineral Oil 2 tsp twice daily.  I do remember taking this when I was younger.  Has anyone used this treatment?  If so, did it work?
JHP
 
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/5/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember if I was made to take it when I was young, or if I just remember hearing someone talk about it. It's supposed to taste nasty as all get-out, but does work.

For maintenance, have you considered drinking mineral waters all the time? Not tasty, but nowhere near as bad as mineral oil either. Apparently they are very popular in Europe--France, especially--and are touted for their ability to keep you regular. You, of course, need more than just a course of mineral water, but added to your regimen of fiber and whatever else you take for constipation, it may give you an added lift... err... expulsion.

JHP
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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Keriamon-I have never heard of mineral water? I do have fiber in my diet and also I take benefiber as well. I might try metamucil, but what I have found in the past with Fiber Con or a generic Fiber powder is I get GAS and bloated.....it is awful. I remember taking Fiber Con once and I was having BM's constantly!
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DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


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   Posted 2/6/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
JHP, that's how I was with Citrucel. Sometimes there is a particular fiber brand that doesn't agree with you. Have you tried Psyllium? My doc told me it's supposed to be one of the easiest on the gut. Make sure to start out with smaller doses too... Never take the recommended dose right off the bat. Daily yogurt might help you too.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/6/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Perrier (Pear-e-ay) is one type. http://www.usa.perrier.com/ You should be able to find some in the water section of most grocery stores. Look for one that comes from a natural spring source, and isn't just tap water with some things added in. It is naturally carbonated, which is something that most of us try to avoid if we have gas problems, but everything else that's carbonated is done so artifiically with carbon, I think it is, so this may contain some other type of gas which wouldn't bother you the same. Also, it probably is less fizzy than a Coke, which may also make it tolerable.
 
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   Posted 2/6/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to mention that it is NORMAL to feel gassy and bloated when initially taking fibre supplements, it's your system adjusting to it and this even happens to healthy people with no bowel problems. The same thing happend to me when I first started taking Prodiem (in Canada). Always make sure to drink plenty of water with your fibre supplements and on a regular basis as well.

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JHP
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   Posted 2/8/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
How much is plenty of water? I think 12-14 glasses a day is "PLENTY"!!! Thanks for posting a reply, I truly appreciate your insight! I might go back to Fiber Con?

My GI started me back on Miralax, but the Generic Glycolax (what my insurance pays for) Wednesday, so we will see how this works.
JHP
 
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/8/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Eight 8oz glasses is the bare minimum for a normal person, so I'd shoot for more than that since you're constipated. In order to drink enough water during the day, I got in the habit of filling up a tea pitcher with water or green tea and sitting it on my desk to drink throughout the day. I found that when I don't have to stop what I'm doing and walk to the kitchen to get a drink, I drink a lot more. I easily down my whole 64oz pitcher during the course of my work day, and then I drink another 32oz glass or two with my dinner. So I get around 16 glasses of water a day, lol.

caregirl
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   Posted 2/8/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
In the past I used to drink mieral oil it did help but I couldnt stand the oil felling plus its not to good for you to make a habbit of
taking it. keriamon &7lil are awsome they always are right.
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