"D" or Constipation...I can't decide!

Do you go back and forth?
No - 21.1%
rarely - 10.5%
occasionally - 31.6%
frequently - 15.8%
always going back and forth - 21.1%

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Mark Mac
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   Posted 3/12/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have problems with going back and forth between D and constipation? I seem to oscillate between the two. Particularly right now I am a little stopped up. Maybe it's because I just started Humira. Anyone else have this problem and if so do laxatives work for you?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining that I'm not in the bathroom 20 times a day and dehydrated as usual, but a little balance would be nice.


Mark Mac
Diagnosed CD in 93'. Currently taking Humira, and darvoset for pain. Also getting acupuncture and chinese herbs as well as a massage when I can afford it. 107 lb

"I cannot promise that change will make things better, but change must occur if things are to become better"

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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Changes frequently for me...Sometimes I don't mind the Constipation, other than the pain and discomfort...
Many days I go from Constipation to D during the same "sitting"...fun stuff, this Crohn's.
Crohn's- Dx'd Sept.16th 2004
Imuran, Prednisone, Humira, Nexium, Iron, Donatal

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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand where you are coming from and I as well agree it would be nice to be in the middle sort to speak.I do not use laxitives because for one my GI said no no and if I need help I use enamas that helps most of the time.

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   Posted 3/13/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I go back and forth and it drives me nuts! I use fiber daily (Metamucil) and Senokot when the C gets bad. I also use stool softener if I feel like I'm heading toward constipation. I keep changing my diet, but I haven't successfully figured out what works. Any ideas would be helpful to me too!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares

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   Posted 3/13/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
This is exactly what's happening for me now. And, when I finally get over the C and the D hits, that's what the vomting is the worst. It's like my whole body spasms. I never know what any day will bring, as all of us feel. So frustrating!
--39 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05
--1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone
--tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--waiting to start Tysabri
--single mom to 10-year-old girl

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   Posted 3/13/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I go back and forth, always. When I feel constipation comming I get real anxious because I am afraid of an obstruction. I have been on my meds for 7 days now and have not noticed a change yet, other then the pain in my abd is gone and I can wear jeans again. Kay

 I Love MY Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    

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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to switch between C and D and finally what I did is take Miralax every day until I got it so it is more constant....  It took me about a month to find the right dose.
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Asacol 3x day
Imuran 50MG 3 x day
Lamictal 125 MG/day for bioloar II

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   Posted 3/17/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
never, never, never.........i have constant D, its been like that for 3 years......i can't even remember what a normal poo is like.....and other than having times when i miss about 3 days of bathroom duty due to blockage i don't have C ever........always d........although the closest i get to normal is almost like mashed potatoes(sorry) thats it for me.......
I'm cute. Let's put me in charge.(happy bunny)
 anemia, b12 deficiancy, and malobsorption, moderate joint pain,severe weight loss, gastritis
 omega 3, digestive enzyme, calcium, vit d, flax oil, aloe vera juice, 9mg of entecort, 100mg Imuran
 diagnosed with a CT scan september of 2007.

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