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lynn106
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   Posted 8/30/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum.
I was diagnosed with IBS (chronic constipation) several years ago. I'll be getting married in 5 weeks and i'm afraid the stress of the wedding along with the excitement/nervousness of the honeymoon (i've never had sex before) will make my symptoms act up. and then i'm afraid that the constipation will make sex less than enjoyable, and i'd find it quite embarassing to have to deal with this with my new husband. sad I'm really worried about this - is there anything i can do??? confused i can't take laxatives cuz they cause major stomach pain for me.

dbab
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi lynn,

Congrats on your upcoming wedding. :-) My advice would be to see if you can see your doc right away (a GI preferably)... sometimes the waiting time for an appt is long, tell them your situation and see if they can squeeze you in. There are long term solutions for constipation (for me its Miralax) but they can take a while to start working. Five weeks should be enough time to get a regimen going and get somewhat normalcy so the sooner the better. If you can't, maybe you can start your own fiber and/or Miralax regimen yourself. Start off slow however.

Take Care
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Klonopin PRN, Miralax 17g, Supplements


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gutastrophe
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
dbab said...
Hi lynn,

Congrats on your upcoming wedding. :-) My advice would be to see if you can see your doc right away (a GI preferably)... sometimes the waiting time for an appt is long, tell them your situation and see if they can squeeze you in. There are long term solutions for constipation (for me its Miralax) but they can take a while to start working. Five weeks should be enough time to get a regimen going and get somewhat normalcy so the sooner the better. If you can't, maybe you can start your own fiber and/or Miralax regimen yourself. Start off slow however.

Take Care

You precious girl!  Congratulations on your marriage!  I hope you can relax enough to enjoy your wedding night! 
 
Great advice given above.  I might also suggest that you ask your doc for a small prescription for an anti-anxiety drug.  Assuming you have no addiction problems, you should really find this beneficial.  I know it was one of the few things that I found helpful.  It will help relax you so that you won't be so focused and preoccupied with your tummy.  That alone will help your colon relax enough to do it's job.
 
Like the above poster said, you should try the Miralax as soon as possible.  Get yourself squared away now so you can enjoy the next few weeks leading up to your big day!  Good luck!

lynn106
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   Posted 8/31/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses!

I haven't tried Miralax before...is that something that is safe to use everyday, or something that is good just when symptoms are acting up? I've been trying to control my IBS with lifestyle/natural methods because i'm concerned about becoming dependent on something, which will then make the issue even worse if i ever have to stop. If I use Miralax just for a few weeks around my wedding/honeymoon, will the constipation become worse once I stop? I've seen this effect with other laxatives....but at this point, i'm willing to try anything so that i won't have to worry about constipation/bloating for my wedding!

dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Miralax everyday and have been for over 3 years. Its not like a regular stimulant type laxative, its an osmotic laxative that works by pulling water into the bowel to help move the waste along. Most people with constipation have problems when their waste/stool dries up and makes it harder and longer to pass.

The Miralax can cause some gas in the beginning but that usually goes away after about a week. It has been a wonderful thing for me. You may want to ask your doc what he thinks about the Miralax and if he suggests it for you. I hope you can get some relief. Let us know how it goes. :-)

Take Care
"Des"
Co-Moderator ~ IBS Forum
Co-Moderator ~ Lupus Forum 
Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Klonopin PRN, Miralax 17g, Supplements


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scared2getsick
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   Posted 9/1/2007 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
COngrats on your wedding. I agree you should talk to your doc about all you are feeling and experiencing sooner rather than later. It does take a bit to get the new regimen to help so you don't want to wait too long. Have you tried digestive advantage? Good luck sweetie. Always remember the mind is an incredible thing, try and think positive and believe that you will be fine. I know that sounds silly, but you can trick your mind, worrying can sometimes bring on trouble for me, so hard as it is, try not to worry so much. I have trouble with that myself. The anxiety drug suggestion may work great for you, they make me nauseous and gain weight, but I know people who are very happy with them and their results! Yoga and exercise are a great way to help your bowels and your mind normalize. Avoiding dairy may help you as well.
Always grateful for the blessings I do have!


monmon
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   Posted 9/2/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
My congrats too. I have just accepted the fact that I have IBS as my episodes are so sporatic & shorter duration than most I've read about. But always have a flare-up on trips. Just got back from Hawaii last week (First real vacation in 10 years. The fear of messing it up becase of IBS was probably the most stressful part of it.) Was having mild cramping just planning it. I ask my Dr. for an anti-anxiety med just for the trip. He gave me .5 mg  Xanax twice a day, just for the duration of the trip.If you ask your Dr. for this & he okays it, ask, but I think you probably can still have your champagne. :) I had anti-diahrea Rx just in case, but did great and didn't use it. Hope this helps. I wish you a great time.
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