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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been on the forum in a while.  My question for all of my fellow UC sufferers is this.  Do any of you have very narrow (stool) during your bowel movements from time to time?  I have them sometimes and then sometimes I don't.  Just wondering.
Asacol 4 pills/twice a day

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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, when I am really flaring I do...
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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My stool seems to change pretty frequently based on what I eat. I don't worry about it, honestly, because I view it as normal bowel function.
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Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, OrthoNovum, multivitamin.  Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to get into remission.
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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I sometimes get narrow or 'pencil' stools. I've been told it's do do with the inside wall of the colon being constricted by varying degrees of ulceration. It seems to be a common sympton of UC .

For a few years before I was diagnosed, my stools would be invariably flat and ribbon-like, which is another indication of swelling inside the colon or rectum.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
That is totally normal/typical. I have every size possible, especially during a flare.
37 y.o. male - Diagnosed with UC (left-sided) in 2005 with C. Diff infection, massive bleeding and hospitalization
Since 2006, have had 1 moderate flare and a few small ones
Currently having moderate-to-severe flare
Taking Asacol (6/day), Imuran (150mg), Chinese herbs, probiotics, Folic Acid, Iron - not sure if any of it does any good.
Just started on hydrocortisone enema. Hopefully that will stop the infernal bleeding!

Have taken: Ciclosporin (Neoral), Prednisolone, Balsalazide/Colazal, Canasa, Rowasa

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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Once in a while I have them, and it seems to have more to do with diet than with flaring for me.
Age 53. Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills/day, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
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Bee propolis, melatonin
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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Could be mild rectal inflammation, IBS, hemmies, stress, .....

I would suggest you take fibre supplements at least to bulk the stool a bit and keep it "fluffier".

You could be heading into a flare...if it starts to get more consistent, then that could be the heads up to start your rectal meds.

I hope rectal meds are part of your regimen....


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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
That definitely happens when I am flaring or about to flare. When there is inflammation and the colon is narrow it's bound to cause a change. any other symptoms?

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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to stop the fibre supplement. If your inflammed or ulcerated on up the pipe like I am then the fibre supplements cause a lot of discomfort when that bulkier stool is trying to be forced through a swollen colon. I usually benefit from psyllium husk; it helps my diarrhea tremendously. I took 1/4 teaspoon yesterday with one small meal and I almost passed out from the pain it caused coming out today. After which I started to get a fever--I believe something tore in there; it scared me. Anyway, be careful with fibre because it will hurt if you're severly inflammed or ulcerated.
43, male, UC diagnosed in 1985
Flares occur after some illness: food poisoning, flu, mono...
Flares last 6 months to a year and lately involve several weeks of severe symptoms with lots of diarrhea, blood, pain, fever, dehydration.
Remissions last 1 to 4 years and are absolute with no symptoms 
Current Meds: 100 mg azathioprine, Colazal 9/day, Lialda 2/day,  60 mg 50 mg  60mg 80 mg prednisone
Xanax, Valium for anxiety
Tegretol XR for epilespy

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