Also try sitz baths. You can add a tablespoon or two of Aveeno to the warm water (buy the box of packets, the type that is recommended for tub baths, for poison ivy). If you don't have Aveeno, baking soda will suffice.
You can purchase plastic sitz baths from your pharmacy.
I've found that soaking in them several times a day when I was raw from going so much, really helped. Also, try sleeping w/o underwear if possible. Allowing air to help heal your irritated areas.
I did the butt clench exercises too. And kept a food diary. What has helped me the most is a low residue diet. I am still on it about
75% of the time. Have been for 10 years now. A LRD might not be a good idea for you (I have multiple bm's, as long as I eat, so plain foods seem to be my friend, as opposed to high fiber, which makes things much worse for me). This is why a food diary is a God-send, you'll see a pattern begin to form of foods that agree with you and also identify which foods irritate your GI tract. Avoid the ones that bother you, obviously. Any notebook will work.
Good luck to you. I hope you begin to feel better soon.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 1/3/2010 8:30:20 PM (GMT-7)