IBS constipation type

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ocean1
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   Posted 3/23/2007 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm lucky enough to have IBS, the kind that causes constipation (just joking when I say I'm lucky).  I can't get a hold of my doctor and I am experiencing a bad bout of constipation and just can't seem to pass any stool.  I went to the store a little while ago and bought Correctol and Phillips milk of magnesia.  Which one of these will work faster to clean me out???  Do they causing the bad cramping???  Any advice would be helpful.  I would have asked the pharmacist on duty these questions but it was a guy and I just felt so embarrassed that I couldn't ask a "guy" about constipation relief products.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 3/23/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Try Metamucil at bedtime.
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   Posted 3/23/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm, if I need immediate I usually will take a Dulcolax because its gentle on my stomach however does the job.

If you need something more aggressive, I think the MOM however I don't have any experience with Correctol.
 
P.S.  Please be careful with some of these because some are also considered antacids as well and may have drug interactions with something else you may be taking.


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Post Edited (dbab) : 3/23/2007 12:21:38 PM (GMT-6)


Joan M
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   Posted 3/24/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I take zelnorm (a script) everyday and take konstyle every day too.  I mix the konstyle with milk, banana, olvatine, plain yogurt and it is a filling thing to have.  I need to have another colonoscopy which I hate to go through.  Some people do well with other fiber products but konstyle works for me.  All this stuff is very expensive.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont think Correctal is very fast. Not sure about the Philips. It should say on label how long it takes to work. My Dr. recommend Duclolax and that is what they give in hospital. It is usually overnight or about 8 hours. I think it works great. I would clean myself out before I start to mess around by putting more food in me then try to get back to a better diet with fiber. Persoanlly I would not add fiber now. Takes too long. I want fast and then start over with fiber soluble and insoluble.

student107
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   Posted 4/29/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I was wondering if you figured out your constipation problem?? I just wanted see how you were making out.. I have been fighting it myself and landed myself in the hospital for 5 days and now I am going to see a doctor in Toronto awaiting surgery, I have not gone to the bathroom in over 4 weeks, they are saying that I have taken to many laxitives over my life because I have been dealing with constipation for over 20 years I am only 27, they are telling me that they have to remove my whole small bowel I am really scared if anyone has ever gone through this pease let me know how if went... I have taken everything possible from exlax to peglyte which is used to clean out the bowels completely which didn't work either so I have to have surgery... confused

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   Posted 5/2/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS of the constipation type as well. I was fed up with all of the prescription and non-prescription constipation medications that caused all kinds of adverse side effects, so I went to a naturopath. He suggested I use magnesium citrate capsules in 150 mg. He said start of taking one at night for two days. If this does not work then add one for two days. If this does not work then add one in the morning. If this does not work add one at night. You go through this alternating pattern till you start having regular bowel movements. This should occur well before you reach a maximum of 1500 mg a day. Once you find what you need daily keep taking it daily and you will have regular bowel movements. Some times you may start having loose stools then you cut down by 150 mg. Sometimes your body may need more so you increase by 150 mg till you start having regular bowel movements. I have found this works. It is inexpensive and has no side effects. It is readily available at health food stores. Additionally, you should take 25 mg of B-6 in the capsule or sub-lingual form in morning and the evening. This is suppose to help the magnesium be absorbed better.

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Joan M
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   Posted 5/13/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i am now using 3 fiber products and 10 mg of dicyclomine at night.

I use clear fiber (benefiber), clearlax (miralax sub), and konstyl. The sub's are available at walmart. there is no sub for konstyl but it is the best product.

Unfortunately this is an "orphan" disease.

Joan M
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   Posted 5/13/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i am now using 3 fiber products and 10 mg of dicyclomine at night.

I use clear fiber (benefiber), clearlax (miralax sub), and konstyl. The sub's are available at walmart. there is no sub for konstyl but it is the best product.

Unfortunately this is an "orphan" disease. The doctors do not think it is serious until IT IS VERY SERIOUS.

melt22
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   Posted 5/24/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS too, I take a script called dicyclomine with one or two correctal because the dicyclomine will constipate you not what you want there,   but is an antispasmodic drug so with a combination it will clean you out also a acidophilus is excellent to take daily. It is a colon cleaner and it cleans the walls of your intestine, I take acidophilus daily. I tried that metamucil and I thought I was gonna die, my colon swelled my stomach so bad I thought it was gonna bust.Total obstruction... They tell you to eat allot of  fiber when you have IBS but I notice that it hurts my stomach/colon swelling more. smhair   especially wheat products omg. Pop corn seems to agree though and there is allot of fiber in that. Hope this helps someone wink   

shawn12
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   Posted 5/25/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
You might want to look over this website on constipation from the IFFGD. It might be very helpful.

http://www.aboutconstipation.org/

There are different types of constipation people should be aware of really.
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melt22
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   Posted 5/25/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You for that website Shawn!  Will check it out
 
 
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shawn12
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   Posted 5/25/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Somethings to know.
 

Problems with Intestinal Function

The two types of constipation are idiopathic constipation and functional constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with predominant symptoms of constipation is categorized separately.

Idiopathic—of unknown origin—constipation does not respond to standard treatment.

Functional constipation means that the bowel is healthy but not working properly. Functional constipation is often the result of poor dietary habits and lifestyle. It occurs in both children and adults and is most common in women. Colonic inertia, delayed transit, and pelvic floor dysfunction are three types of functional constipation. Colonic inertia and delayed transit are caused by a decrease in muscle activity in the colon. These syndromes may affect the entire colon or may be confined to the lower, or sigmoid, colon.

Pelvic floor dysfunction is caused by a weakness of the muscles in the pelvis surrounding the anus and rectum. However, because this group of muscles is voluntarily controlled to some extent, biofeedback training is somewhat successful in retraining the muscles to function normally and improving the ability to have a bowel movement.

Functional constipation that stems from problems in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus. These abnormalities result in an inability to relax the rectal and anal muscles that allow stool to exit.

People with IBS having predominantly constipation also have pain and bloating as part of their symptoms.

 

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/

So there is idiopathic constipation, functional constipation and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

It can be important to have testing done for lower gi issues like Pelvic floor dysfunction for one. A person can also have IBS and Pelvic floor dysfunction together or another issue, although not everyone does of course, but there is a good percentage.

 

 

 


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Fayth
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   Posted 5/28/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have constipation IBS, I have the one where I go all the time. But when I got my wisdom teeth and fillings put in the docter gave me T3's which made me extremely constipated. I didn't have a bowl movement for like 5 days or so. I drank Milk of Magnesia on an empty stomach, bam four hours later I went to the bathroom. Then again for the next few days. After that I was back to my normal routine of extreme stomach pain and running to the bathroom all the time lol. The good thing about the Milk of Magnesia was that it didn't upset my stomach to much and I only had to take it once. Thank god because that stuff taste terrible.

Good luck!
Fayth

Joan M
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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
what is pelvic floor dysfunction, shawn? i have had an excellent diet for years but maybe not enough greasy food as i don't like stuff like that. will check out the website soon. thanks.

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   Posted 6/2/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joan

about pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?

For most people, having a bowel movement is a seemingly automatic function. For some individuals, the process of evacuating stool may be difficult. Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include constipation and the sensation of incomplete emptying of the rectum when having a bowel movement. Incomplete emptying may result in the individual feeling the need to attempt a bowel movement several times within a short period of time. Residual stool left in the rectum may slowly seep out of the rectum leading to reports of bowel incontinence.

The process of defecation (having a bowel movement) requires the coordinated effort of different muscles. The pelvic floor is made up of several muscles that support the rectum like a hammock. When an individual wants to have a bowel movement the pelvic floor muscles are supposed to relax allowing the rectum to empty. While the pelvic floor muscles are relaxing, muscles of the abdomen contract to help push the stool out of the rectum. Individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction have a tendency to contract instead of relax the pelvic floor muscles. When this happens during an attempted bowel movement, these individuals are effectively pushing against an unyielding muscular wall.

http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/pelvic_floor_dysfunction/

There are other Anorectal Motility Disorders as well.


Hope that helps
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Joan M
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   Posted 6/2/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks shawn...don't think that is what i have. my husband was a diabetic and i eat the high fiber diet lots of fruit, veggies, double fiber bread, etc. tonight i will have my drink and some salad.

seems with women it is always a put down but i do eat tons of veggies and fruit. (I really like fruit and always have)

Joan M
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   Posted 5/12/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
liquids are very important...I am an extremely watery person....a liquid wonder.

i have stopped taking all the fiber products and zelnorm.

no big change from stopping fiber products

sos and i don't mean same old same old

(zelnorm worked for me but now is banned so what can i do?)
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