why am i needing bathroom minutes after eating?

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marty1976
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I know it is not the food i just ate but its as if my digestive system is in overdrive.I swear as soon as i eat something within minutes i'm running to the loo.I have always tolerated coffee, now after half a cup i'm cramping up and running to the bathroom.I usually drink a lot of coffee daily, it keeps me going.But since yesterday i 've only had about 3 cups.I think i will have to cut it out until i get this flare under control.
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
That always happens to me when I flare. I mean I could literally eat one pretzel and two seconds later I would be in the bathroom.
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Marty,

Coffee kept me going too, but I stopped drinking it a while back.  I'd recommend trying a few days without coffee (even if you're only having decaff). You'll be surprised how soon you get used to not having it; and stopping coffee helped reduce the urgency of BMs significantly.

Instead of coffee, I drink a glass of fresh vegetable juice that's been diluted with an equal amount of water.


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on alternate days of 20mg and 10mg; 2/08: added 1 Pentasa x 1mg.


Judy2
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Rio, it's a reflex. When you eat, it stimulates the peristalsis to start so your GI tract is ready to process the food. Kind of like you start to salivate when you smell food. If you're unlucky enough to have UC in a flare, that means you have to go right away - during the worst times, I used to have to get up from the table in the middle of the meal to go.
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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jano437
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
This happens to me too. Soon as I eat, there better be a bathroom nearby
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marty1976
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad i'm not the only one experiencing this. Its so bad at the minute, its hard enough getting the appetite to eat without having this trouble. I think i will come off the coffe until i get this flare under control.
Whats more frustrating is that i'm running to the loo with this crazy urgency al day and there's nothing but a tiny bit of mucou,gas or maybe a little blood.
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julee70
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   Posted 2/16/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had that problem for years. My doctor thinks that I also have IBS in addition to UC. I think that's because I often have symptoms that seem pretty bad for someone with such mild inflammation. IBS sufferers also have that same eat-then-run thing.

I've had good luck with drug called Levsin. It's an antispasmodic. I'm pretty sure that this directly relates to what Judy wrote. If you take Levsin about a half-hour before you eat, it slows the peristalsis that makes you run to the bathroom. I'm always pretty skeptical about these kinds of meds but I swear this one has gotten me through a lot of meals out in restaurants. I always have some on me. (Added plus: it's a tiny pill.)

Also, I have posted before about how hypnotherapy has helped with urgency. I feel that I have a lot more control over the cramping and running to the bathroom now that I've learned how to relax with meditation. More often I can get through a meal without running to the bathroom if I've used my hypnotherapy recording beforehand.

Below is the link to the center at UNC Chapel Hill where they do leading research on hypnotherapy. If you search their site, you can easily find articles on hypnotherapy.

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/welcome.htm

One of the UNC doctors has this website:

http://www.ibshypnosis.com/
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pb4
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have to say, I don't eat first thing when I get up and it's because that's when most of my "activity" is so I find that even more bizzare then having to go minutes after eating, which doesn't typically happen to me but it surely did when I was flaring severely and going 30+ times a day...it's the nature of the beast...yes, it could be eating that causes the stimulation to go but you get that even if you don't eat (well I do and I'm sure many others do as well)...if only it was as simple as going only after eating then I could plan my days better.

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PaloPalo78
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   Posted 2/17/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you guys go to work when you are flaring like this . i.e lots of trips to the bathroom and having to run to it just after youve eaten or even whilst you are eating ?

Does anyone find total bed rest to be of help in healing the bowels ? , i havnt ried it yet as i thought id heard that it as best to keep moving around and do light exercise to keep the blood moving etc

Also interesting that some of you have coffee , i havnt had that for years and always thought it was bad for us , i guess we are all very different and some can take things others wouldnt dare try !
i love the taste and smell of it though !

Judy2
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   Posted 2/17/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, PaloPalo. I've worked throughout my time with UC. Even when I was going 20-25 times a day, I made it to work most days for at least half a day. Of course, I gave up eating anything at work. I'd get up early, eat a good breakfast (usually a nourishing soup since I couldn't tolerate most cereals or the fats in traditional egg breakfasts), then for the next couple of hours I'd be back and forth to the bathroom, then I'd go to work.

I would skip lunch, and if I ate anything at all at work, it would be just a cracker. I made sure to get lots of fluids. Then I'd eat a good evening meal when I was home and had close access to the bathroom again.

I think as long as you're able to be up and around, that's much better for you than lying in bed. Total bed rest isn't really good for our bodies - it weakens our bones and muscles, and can cause phlebitis.
Judy
 
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
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BTC
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   Posted 2/17/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Marty:  Regarding your coffee - I did alot of research after reading about low acid coffee on this forum. I've found a really good one that is also decaf which I've never used for two reasons - one it was usually awful and two, the chemicals they used to take the caffine out are worse for you than the caffine. It's Hevla - in decaf they make Dark Roast and Gourmet. I first bought two sample packs. It's really great. I have a sample package coming from the other mfg. of low acid coffee, Puroast. It's been great for me as I really think coffee was causing a speed up for me and this doesn't.

Diagnosed with LS UC 1984, suffered for 16 years, high doses Pred and eased off to Azulfidine; remission for 9 years, just flared recently. Asacol 3, 3x day; 20 ml. Pred.. Heading into remission again with addition of: prayer, deep breathing, walks on the beach and: 4-1000 mg.garlic twice daily; 2 zyflamend twice daily, SuperFoods RX multi-whole food vita twice daily, SuperFoods RX Omega 3; 3 Asacol 3 x day with 3 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate 10 Probiotic; Metamucil morning and night - no dairy, hardly any coffee (Just added Hevla decaf), lots of water and green tea. Was using L-Glutamine but read that it can aggravate? Recently added: 1 scoop Greensplus Chia seeds and the vinegar and honey regimen.


marty1976
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   Posted 2/17/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks BTC i will check this out.i ALSO AGREE WITH YOU JUDILYN about staying busy.Bedrest is needed sometimes when we are really ill but keeping busy and exercise is the best way to keep the brain healthy too.I'M in an awful flare just now and i find that doing things around the house keeps me from focusing too much on the pain and being ill.
Marty
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Sherman Tank
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   Posted 2/17/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey There,

Dont know about pretzels but coffee is a diarrehtic (spelling??)- makes you go poo. Instantly. Wham! Bam! Bathroom maam!
caffeine gets right into your system. Thats why everyone drinks it to perk right up. Other foods shouldnt effect you until later. That sounds like IBS or just plain ole stress (is there a difference half the time?).
Id get off the coffee, at least while you are flaring. Its not worth it.
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Misdiagnosed with just Hemeroids since I was 12!!
Bad flare after birth of first son in 2004,
another bad flare pregnant with 2nd baby summer 2006
recent reallly bad flare Dec 2007- 1st time w/ prednisone
Just tapered off Jan 20,2008, Flaring again today :(
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marty1976
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   Posted 2/18/2008 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes its not just coffe it is everything that i eat.I know that coffe makes people run to the loo, but it never affected me like this before now.It is not IBS its just the nature of this flare.Thanks for all your responses.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/18/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
While coffee is a known mild bowel stimulant it doesn't necessarily make everyone "go" right away and for some people it doesn't seem to affect them that way at all.

:)
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KSpace
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   Posted 2/20/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn is correct, it is a reflex. Medically, its called the gastro-colic reflex. Trust me, I'm a doctor. :)

It's a natural reflex even in normal people. That being said, I usually have to go within 30 minutes of eating... almost like clockwork. But amazingly, I've gotten better since starting the Lialda. Coffee does it to me too, but I'm not much of a coffee drinker.
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