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damo123
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I'm a UCer but I think I have IBS and food intolerance issues as well. I'm coming out of a UC flare. I notice that my colon seems to have become ultra ultra sensitive.
 
For instance one day I will have just 1 BM. The following day I can have 4 BM. I can't seem to equate the frequency to how much I've eaten on or before that day.
 
Today I had a semi solid BM in the morning - solid but just a bit of water. 4 hours later I had D. 1 hour later I had a perfect BM - no water, no mucus, no gas - just perfect stools. This really confuses me.
 
If anyone can pass on advice or comments on the above it would be great. I'm new to the "IBS/IBD" game and sometimes its hard to get your head around what exactly your body is telling you.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
D
 
5 mg Pred (yuck!)
3200 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics + Bio Yougurt Discontinued as I may have dairy allergy
Acidophilus
Calcium
1000mg Fish Oils a day Holding off on these for a little bit!
Aloe Vera Juice
Anti Fungal Supplements
Nexium 20mg a day
No Stress and a positive attitude (mostly!)
 
 
 
 
 


gutastrophe
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
damo123 said...
Hi,
 
I'm a UCer but I think I have IBS and food intolerance issues as well. I'm coming out of a UC flare. I notice that my colon seems to have become ultra ultra sensitive.
 
For instance one day I will have just 1 BM. The following day I can have 4 BM. I can't seem to equate the frequency to how much I've eaten on or before that day.
 
Today I had a semi solid BM in the morning - solid but just a bit of water. 4 hours later I had D. 1 hour later I had a perfect BM - no water, no mucus, no gas - just perfect stools. This really confuses me.
 
If anyone can pass on advice or comments on the above it would be great. I'm new to the "IBS/IBD" game and sometimes its hard to get your head around what exactly your body is telling you.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
D
 

I would never use the terms "perfect stool" to describe anything that I produce!  In fact, I can tell you the exact date of the last good, healthy and "perfect" BM I had!  June 16th, 2007!  A day that will live in infamy!
A typical day for me is a morning BM that basically looks like something a cat would leave in the litter box.  Grinding pain with terrible gas follows for a few hours.  If I am lucky, I will have a semi-loose, unformed deposit in the afternoon.  Grinding pain will follow and increase markedly after I eat.  If I am lucky, I will have explosive D in the evening, a mixture of mostly liquid with a few stray solids.  There may still be some gas but I will feel less bloated.
A bad day for me is a morning "BM" that looks like something a rabbit would leave in it's cage.  Grinding pain will follow for hours.  There will be lots of gas that will explode out of me.  No BM.  I will have something to eat.  Grinding or sharp pain complete with trapped gas will follow for hours.  If I am lucky, a cat sized deposit will result sometime before bed.  If not, I pray that the morning will bring better luck.
A good day for me is a morning BM that looks like a human adult just went to the bathroom!  Little or no pain will follow.  Maybe a little gas that passes easily.  I will eat something for dinner.  There will be some normal gas followed by a respectable evacuation.  I will feel empty, not bloated, not gassy.  Those days are few and far between!

damo123
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   Posted 8/31/2007 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that sounds awful. And all you have is IBS??!!!! I have IBD now for 2 years. I never once have had any pain nor any cramping. When I'm in a flare I get D and some mucus and blood but like I say none of the complications that most IBDers and IBSers seem to have to deal with. I guess I really should be thankful and your right in saying not to look for the "perfect stool"!

Thanks
5 mg Pred (yuck!)
3200 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics + Bio Yougurt Discontinued as I may have dairy allergy
Acidophilus
Calcium
1000mg Fish Oils a day Holding off on these for a little bit!
Aloe Vera Juice
Anti Fungal Supplements
Nexium 20mg a day
No Stress and a positive attitude (mostly!)
 
 
 
 
 


dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate with the pain Gut. The pains from the gas and constipation are the worse!!! When you have C, the pain just gets worse and worse until you get so desperate that you are throwing strong laxatives down your throat hoping for some relief knowing there will be cramping but deciding its worth it just to get it out. Those are truly the awful days. :(
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 8/31/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
dbab said...
I can relate with the pain Gut. The pains from the gas and constipation are the worse!!! When you have C, the pain just gets worse and worse until you get so desperate that you are throwing strong laxatives down your throat hoping for some relief knowing there will be cramping but deciding its worth it just to get it out. Those are truly the awful days. :(

Yes, it is the worst.  I always say I will take D any day because at least you know there will be an end to the pain once you're emptied! 
 
Taking laxatives are such a trauma for me too.  Before I understood the nuances of IBS, I used them excessively for years just to get things moving. At this point, the goal is to keep things as natural as possible, even if that means several days of sufferring with only dietary changes and natural supplements to help things along.  But, like you said, a week of pain and spasm, bloating and gas, grinding and twitching, I often fall back into the laxative solution.  It is a most frustrating little dance we do with this dreadful "syndrome".
 
I am seeing a new naturopath next week.  It's always a double edged sword whenever I go see someone new.  I want to be hopeful, but not too much because it's so hard to bear the subsequent disappointment when new treatments don't work.  It's hard to stay positive sometimes!

dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you have a nice visit with the naturopath. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. :)
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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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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/31/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Damo, I noticed in your medicine list two conflicting items: calcium and aloe vera. Calcium is a natrual constipator, while aloe vera is a natural laxative. My suggestion would be to drop the use of both and then take one or the other as your bowel movements would seem to indicate (if you have a run of D, take the calcium until you start getting constipated, then stop it or take less; if you get constipated while not taking calcium, then try some aloe vera until you are regular again and then ease back on it and see if you stay regular).

If you are taking the calcium under a doctor's orders, then see if you can get your pharmacist to recommend a brand that causes the least amount of constipation. Magnesium not only helps you absorb the calcium, but it also counteracts the constipation, therefore a brand of calcium with more magnesium in it will be less constipating than some other brand. Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D is what we with diarrhea use to dry us up, so it's NOT what you want to take if you are constipation-prone.

dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Calcium citrate is what you want to take if you are prodominately constipated. It is a bit more expensive than calcium carbonate but well worth it. I take Citracal plus vitamin D due to my risk of osteoporosis. Ask your pharmacist which ones are the citrate versus the carbonate... I believe it should be on the bottle though.
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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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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/31/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll have to try and remember those two distinctions for future reference, Des. :-) I knew there was some calcium that was less constipating than the kind I take.

damo123
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   Posted 8/31/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks for all of your suggestions. I've never suffered from C thnkfully. The calcium is needed as I've had exposure to steroids and I need to prevent long term damage to my bones.

D
5 mg Pred (yuck!)
3200 mg Asacol + 500mg suppositories as needed
Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics + Bio Yougurt Discontinued as I may have dairy allergy
Acidophilus
Calcium
1000mg Fish Oils a day Holding off on these for a little bit!
Aloe Vera Juice
Anti Fungal Supplements
Nexium 20mg a day
No Stress and a positive attitude (mostly!)
 
 
 
 
 


Keriamon
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   Posted 9/1/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
If you never get constipated, then you're okay with the calcium that you are on, although I would still suggest you cut out the aloe vera. Like I said, that's a natural laxative. Although there's supposedly a type of aloe vera liquid that's been stripped of it's laxative properties--but I don't know if that's the kind you're on or not. Still, it wouldn't hurt stopping it for a week and see if your bowel movements get any more regular.
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