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linahawk
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   Posted 11/16/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
i was just wondering if anyone else finds pieces of food in the toilet bowel after a BM

I know this sounds gross, but i find pieces of lettuce or mushrooms or what ever i eat alot in the toilet

Is this normal for people with UC?
diagnosed July 2009 with UC
Spent 1 week in hospital

Had Colonoscopy 5th Aug 2010-severe ulcerative Pancolitis

Was on Steroids and sulfasalazine and now im just on salofalk granules and enemas

Also Taking VSL#3,fish oil , zinc , curcumin tablets , N.A.G .

baconeggsyum
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   Posted 11/16/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Mushrooms, Corn, and Peas are my big three that appear. Seem to avoid digestion somehow.
Update : Quit Imuran, off Prednisone and now doing FANTASTIC!!
Getting new GI referral on Nov 10th!!
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aguywithuc
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   Posted 11/16/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I read corn is a good gauge of your transit time as nobody digests the husk but its not a good sign to see that. If I were you I would hop on some immodium at the start of each day as well as Librax and Mebeverine which calm the smooth muscle of the GI tract. They have worked wonders for me.

melax0x
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   Posted 11/17/2010 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
That happend to me a couple weeks ago!! Although I ended up finding Cheetos is the toilet, definetly not something I wanted to see lol.

quincy
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   Posted 11/17/2010 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Some foods NEVER digest...depends on the fibre content and how one actually chews. Digestion is misunderstood, regarding what it's supposed to look like once it reaches the other end. If one has loose stool, the separate pieces of food will be soon...

Yep, that can definitely guage transit time for some foods...and it will be more if one has loose stool and an inflamed or fussy colon.

Try adding fibre supplements...it'll also help to form a stool. Then you won't see some of the foods because they'll be more compacted in the stool.

I see food the next day...depending on what I eat. Some foods will definitely leave the stomach faster than others...but the general time there is 2 - 4 hours or even more...

I wouldn't do the imodium unless you need it. A much better way to go would be something like psyllium .... I use Metamucil capsules with each meal.

An antispasmodic is a good idea, but it might not actually slow things down too much...it can help in constipation as well if there is too much spasming and not good movement.

melaxOx..Cheetos in the toilet...that's weird because they totally mush out in water. ARe you sure it's cheetos? Addicting aren't they? I haven't had them in years.

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Ranitidine; Effexor XR 37.5mg (depression), Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4000 IU
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

Red_34
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   Posted 11/17/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Mushroom, corn, lettuce, peas etc can not be fully broken down even in a healthy person. But like Q said, in healthy people, they just don't see it because their stool is more compact and the unprocessed food is not seen. We, however, notice it more because our stools are typically loose. I don't eat corn anymore because it just irritates my colon but I love to eat mushrooms. It's sort of disturbing to see them floating in the toilet afterwards because sometimes it takes on the color of the stool and/or blood. The first time I saw it, I thought my colon was falling out and into the toilet! lol
SHERRY
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~Left sided Uc-'92**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**
Colazal(9 daily)/6mp(25mgs), Allopurinol (100mgs)/Bentyl-Prilosec~allergies-Singulair/Zyrtec~Reynauds Syndrome~OA-Tylonel Arthritis~Scoliosis~Sacroilitis~Dry eye-Restasis/GAD - Klonopin (.25mgs)

Alinus
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   Posted 11/17/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Inside Immodiul prospect that is available in my country it clearly states: DO NOT use if you suffer from acute or chronic ulcerative colitis or if you are under an antibiotic treatment.
Romanian.

Diagnosed with rectocolitis (20 cm) in 2010 january. With mild symptoms since about 2002.
Also diagonosed with AS in 2008. Wih mild symptoms since about 2002.
____________________________________________________________
Now on NSD (or SCD) since feb 2010
____________________________________________________________
Mesalasine - Salofalk 1500 mg/day. Sometimes a mesalasine enema.

quincy
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   Posted 11/17/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
ewww Sherry....I wonder if I would have thought the same thing!! totally understandable.
q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Ranitidine; Effexor XR 37.5mg (depression), Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4000 IU
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

aguywithuc
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   Posted 11/18/2010 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
So what is the reason to not take immodium ? I checked with my GI and they said because I gave stool samples ( during last flare ) and was negative I was at liberty to consume as much immodium as I wanted. Does it have negative long term effects ? I am taking 1 each morning, probably dont need to anymore, took a lot in the middle of the flare to get thru 4 hour interviews.

Alinus
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   Posted 11/18/2010 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
i do not know the reason, i've just posted what i've found inside that prospect - no use for those with acute or chronic UC. there must be some medical trials about this over the internet.
Romanian.

Diagnosed with rectocolitis (20 cm) in 2010 january. With mild symptoms since about 2002.
Also diagonosed with AS in 2008. Wih mild symptoms since about 2002.
____________________________________________________________
Now on NSD (or SCD) since feb 2010
____________________________________________________________
Mesalasine - Salofalk 1500 mg/day. Sometimes a mesalasine enema.

subdued
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   Posted 11/18/2010 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Try to chew your food more. I'm not saying that you don't already, just that it might help your body's ability to digest the food once it goes down the throat if you do.

No. I don't have that problem of my food not digesting as long as I keep away from foods high in fructose, HFCS, and artificial sweeteners.

jse
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   Posted 11/18/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Can't Imodium cause Toxic Mega Colon?

Red_34
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   Posted 11/18/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, but we are talking about long term and at high doses. Sporadic Immodium use is ok or even one dose a day should be fine. I have been approved by my GI to take one a day if I need it but I find it makes me feel weird (can't really explain).
SHERRY
Moderator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
~Left sided Uc-'92**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**
Colazal(9 daily)/6mp(25mgs), Allopurinol (100mgs)/Bentyl-Prilosec~allergies-Singulair/Zyrtec~Reynauds Syndrome~OA-Tylonel Arthritis~Scoliosis~Sacroilitis~Dry eye-Restasis/GAD - Klonopin (.25mgs)

blvdstray
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   Posted 11/18/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor is having me take 2 immodium a day. He would rather me have less movements, not get dehydrated. Apparently 7 times a day is too many ;) , I'm suppose to try and get down to 3 , ha! I have been sick so long I didn't think it odd.
In 30 years he's seen 2 cases of toxic megacolon, so he told me to get over the fear and take immodium.

He doesn't want me taking lomotil daily though.
Female 30 yo
Diagnosed with UC 6/2007
Lialda and Rowasa enemas, SCD diet until hospitalized on 1/2009 with Pancolitis
Started Remicade 7mg/kg. 5 infusions. Developed an allergy.
Been on 60mg Prednisone since 5/2010. Haven't been able to taper to less than 20mg.
Gastro got cancer and left practice.
Just got a new Dr. 10/2010
Starting 200mg 6mp, 4.8mg Lialda, 40 mg prednisone
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