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sunshine323
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   Posted 4/8/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
about half an hour ago, I started cramping really badly - worse than i have in a long time, actually. I had a normal BM, then a looser stool that was a little bit lighter in color, but not yellow or anything like that - and now it feels like this giant clump of feces is just stuck in my bowel. i don't know if that's actually the case, or if it's just the cramps i'm feeling that's making it hurt. I'm gonna pop a couple Levsin, and hopefully that will help, but geez, this sucks. I've got to pull myself together, because I've gotta pick my fiancee up for church in like an hour and a half...

i wish ibs would just go away. boo hiss.

sorry for pouting.

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   Posted 4/8/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
((((sunshine)))))
How'd it go at church?  I hope you are feeling better....
You know, it's quite common for IBSers to feel incomplete evacuation.  It sucks big time, but it happens.  Usually I just try to run to the bathroom the second I feel the cramps come on.  The odds of being able to have a BM when you're having cramps is better than when you wait for them to go away.
In this case it might also be good to get one of those sticky heating pads.  They are obviously portable and super inconspicuous... you could wear it to church.  Weather permitting, of course.  It would not be good to have a heating pad stuck to you when you're out in 100 degree weather.
Let us know how you're feeling and if you made it through church OK.

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sunshine323
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   Posted 4/8/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I popped two Levsin, which made me feel well enough to take a shower and get ready. We made it to church alright, and I was okay - just sore, still. It feels kind of like somebody kicked me in the stomach, but that's pretty normal after I have bad cramps. Does anybody else get that?

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   Posted 4/8/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you made it to church OK.
I get sore like that too. I think it's from your guts spasming just like when you get sore after working out (all the muscle contractions).
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sunshine323
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   Posted 4/8/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too (the spasms). Also, random question, if you don't mind - and I should already know the answer to this, but I wanted to make sure. Occasional changes in stool shape are typical of IBS, right? Because I've had just a few rather skinny stools, or a regular one, and then a little more that comes out skinny. And sometimes it looks all knotted up, like a rope that has been smushed together. No blood, I don't even necessarily cramp with it - just sometimes, I'll have these strangely shaped stools. Just wanted to make sure it's normal for IBS. Thanks!

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   Posted 4/8/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi sunshine,
Yes, that is pretty typical of IBS. However, any changes in stool should be discussed with your doctor. But I wouldn't worry about it unless you see something alarming like blood.
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   Posted 4/8/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

I always found it amazing that most people's stools DON'T regularly change in appearance.  I vascillate between watery diarrhea (80% of the time) to pencil-thin stools to beautiful, perfectly normal ones - perhaps all in the same day!  Always an exciting time on the pot!

Anyway, I think it's normal for almost everyone to have variations in their stool appearance.  Variety is the spice of life!


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   Posted 4/9/2007 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree completley Sarita. I can go from havning a normal stool to a watery one in the same day!! I suffer a lot with pencil thin stools and that is usually when I have the cramping pain.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 4/9/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
One day, when I was checking out my stool, I realized that I looked just like a dog who does his business, then turns around to check it out!  People laugh at dogs for doing that, but they must be a lot smarter than we think.  How your stools look is very important.  I can tell by the shape and color of mine whether or not I'm going to need to go take some medicine.  Which is to say, that mine change fairly frequently as well. 

sunshine323
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   Posted 4/9/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
haha, i do the same thing. ever since i started nursing school, in fact - it's amazing how much more aware of your body that being in the medical field makes you. (you also tend to freak out over little things, thinking it's the worst possible scenario, which isn't the best thing ever...)
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