should i try using a stool softener to lessen friction in the digestive tract for UC?

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vnct
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   Posted 10/24/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
should i try using a stool softener to lessen friction in the digestive tract for UC?
 
i don't mind having diarrhea.  i just want to avoid friction in the digestive tract that can cause bleeding.  my goal is to be blood-free.  not diarrhea-free.
20 years with ulcerative colitis treated with prednisone.
12,000 bleeds without surgery.
20% mortality risk and 80% cancer risk this year.


quincy
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   Posted 10/24/2009 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
well, if you're having solid stool or semi-solid and still bleeding, you're flaring, you should be using rectal meds.

The bleeding could be from a fissure? is it only on the toilet paper or in the toilet and around the stool?

You could try adding a fibre supplement..that will help bulk/soften/fluff the stool and help give it added "slip" for lack of a better word.

A stool softener can work...I used them the first few years after diagnosis...that was until I learned that constipation/hard stools were part of the rectum healing (or first flaring).

The fibre supplement is also good if you're also taking probiotics...makes the gut more "happy and balanced"...lol!

Hope you feel better soon...

quincy
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


vnct
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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
quincy said...
well, if you're having solid stool or semi-solid and still bleeding, you're flaring, you should be using rectal meds.

The bleeding could be from a fissure? is it only on the toilet paper or in the toilet and around the stool?

You could try adding a fibre supplement..that will help bulk/soften/fluff the stool and help give it added "slip" for lack of a better word.

A stool softener can work...I used them the first few years after diagnosis...that was until I learned that constipation/hard stools were part of the rectum healing (or first flaring).

The fibre supplement is also good if you're also taking probiotics...makes the gut more "happy and balanced"...lol!

Hope you feel better soon...

quincy

currently, i'm on prednisone, but it only does so much and works rather slowly.  nothing else seems to work for me in the way of meds.  the bleeding itself has been from the inside (not just externally), and has been on and off for twenty years, but there's been no bleeding for the last two weeks.  my doctors had told me before to avoid fiber during a flare-up, but i'm not sure for how long.  i don't know what probiotics are.  thanks much. :)


20 years with ulcerative colitis treated with prednisone.
12,000 bleeds without surgery.
20% mortality risk and 80% cancer risk this year.


tap
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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I use marshmallow root powder which I mix with my yogurt. I had to get off of it for a week prior to recent fistula surgery and my flaring symptoms increased dramatically during that time so I think that the marshmallow root powder has a very positive effect on my body.
44 - male
Flaxseed (2 tablespoons ground) - once per day; Vitamin D3 - 5000 IU once per day; Culturelle probiotic;
Asacol - 2 400mg pills 3 times per day
Diagnosed with pancolitis in 1998


arizonahiker
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   Posted 10/24/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Walk in any health food type store and ask for probiotics. You'll see what they are. I just started on Acidophilus & Probiotic Complex from Trader Joe's (there is a store near me) 3 days ago..and the bleeding stopped pretty quickly. Also though I started taking some Psyllium Husk Powder...but I'm going to ease back on that. It's making me more normal bulk-wise, but making it too active down there. Also I started on Hydrocortisone Enemas 3 days ago. They are not fun to do, but I need to get better. Well most of the bleeding stopped but when your doing many things at once it's hard to tell what is working. You should also avoid all lettuce, nuts, nutty types of breads for now. The roughage will agitate the colon wall more if you're flaring. I've had UC on an off for 30 years. Not a fun road is it? It certainly makes each day a new challenge.

vnct
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   Posted 10/24/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
tap said...
I use marshmallow root powder which I mix with my yogurt. I had to get off of it for a week prior to recent fistula surgery and my flaring symptoms increased dramatically during that time so I think that the marshmallow root powder has a very positive effect on my body.

whee do you buy marshmallow root powder?  can you get it at the local grocery store?
20 years with ulcerative colitis treated with prednisone.
12,000 bleeds without surgery.
20% mortality risk and 80% cancer risk this year.


tap
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   Posted 10/24/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought a pound back in May from www.mountainroseherbs.com for $19 but they appear to be out of stock now. I had done a google search to find it. At the rate I'm using it it looks like the pound will last close to a year.
44 - male
Flaxseed (2 tablespoons ground) - once per day; Vitamin D3 - 5000 IU once per day; Culturelle probiotic;
Asacol - 2 400mg pills 3 times per day
Diagnosed with pancolitis in 1998


vnct
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   Posted 10/24/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
okay, thanks. :) i'll keep my eye out for some.
20 years with ulcerative colitis treated with prednisone.
12,000 bleeds without surgery.
20% mortality risk and 80% cancer risk this year.


greenenergy
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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Psyllium can help with softening stools. Some people find it harsh but I've had some benefit with it in the past. I would even mix the psyllium with probiotics and it would soften things up even more. But I guess its about what works for you.

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 10/24/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
You could also consider taking 1 tbsp of cold-pressed Flax Oil at the end of a meal, as it seems to help soften BMs too.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 and Natren Trinity probiotics, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


vnct
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 10/24/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i can add psyllium and flax oil then too. thanks much.
20 years with ulcerative colitis treated with prednisone.
12,000 bleeds without surgery.
20% mortality risk and 80% cancer risk this year.

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