Diarrhea Survey

How many bowel movements in a single day on average?
1 to 2 - 19.1%
3 to 5 - 36.2%
6 to 10 - 25.5%
11 to 15 - 4.3%
over 15 - 6.4%
My main problem is constipation, not diarrhea - 8.5%

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   Posted 7/20/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Diarrhea appears to be a problem for many Crohn's patients.  How many bowel movements do you have in a typical day?  I know everyday is different for members here, so just use your average.

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 7/20/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Some days I have no bowel movement (BM) in that day. But some days I could have 3-5 BM in a day.  Most of the time, I have 1 BM in one day.  So I voted 1 to 2.

Some days even when I have only one bowel movement in a day but if it is loose, I started to become a little worried.  I would like to see it formed.  So I would take precation in my diet when I have a loose BM.  If I have no BM in 2 days, I would eat a lot of vegetables/fruit to make it a move.

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 7/20/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I voted in the 6 - 10 a day but could of voted in the following two on my bad days. Jo

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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i didnt have D problems after starting the makers diet. i was dropping the kids off at the pool like 2-4 times per day, depending on the size of my meals and physical activity. but imho this is normal. you should be making a deposit after every meal. think about it - you need to evacuate the system to make room for the food you just ate. it is actually shown that your body is stimulated to lay some cable about a half an hour or so after a meal. i find it odd that the US medical community states constipation is sitting on the thrown less than 2 times per week. how was that number arrived at? the average person carpet bombs about 2 times per week. if it was set any higher, the majority of the country would be diagnosed as constipated. now i am surprised it isnt raised to at least 3 times per week cos then they could see us all more pills and drugs.

i had a colonoscopy in the middle of this past june. ever since then i've been having D that comes and goes every few days. the OTC clogger would work for a few days, and then it would return. now it doesnt see to work at all any more. looks like i need to see my GI cos some how that prep messed up my system. totally sucks. ugh.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 7/20/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I voted 1-2, because right now I'm on pred and not flaring. But when I flare it's more like 10 a day. When in remission it's usually 0, with the occasional bad day where I'll have one or two episodes of D.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 2.5 mg *eek*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Crazy - your post cracked me up. Love the references. And about the definition of constipation - I think it is odd too. One of my best friends goes 1/week. But she never feels sick and never feels the need to go more. Her doc said it is perfectly fine. I was shocked. I can't imagine how big a 1/week poop must be. Heaven forbid she ever have to do a scope prep.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

Gracie Girl
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I voted 3-5, with 5 actually being my daily average. When there is a bump in the road I am usually up to 10x/day. When things are at their worst I would be in the 20x/day. I am actually happy when I only go about 3x/day.

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 7/21/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
You should have put one more field. "No two days the same". Every day is different for me. I'll go 2-3 days with nothing. Then have 6-8 butt pees. then the next day normal. Then back to nothing. It drives me nuts. I guess you might way I'm irregular. Heehee
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
When I'm flared I got about 3-5 a day. When I'm in remission I have a normal 1 a day or sometimes skip a day.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering  Back up to 30mg  :-(
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
No Surgeries

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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I average 6-8 most days but when flaring badly it can be as many as 20-30.
Diagnosed with Crohns May 2005, been sick for years prior - D and arthritis including AS. Also have severely scarring of my Oesophegus, Bacterial Overgrowth of Bowell and severe migraines.

Currently taking: 6MP; Pentasa; Cipro; Zoplicane; Venlafaxin; Somac; Metropolol; Immigran; Glucosamine; Folic Acid; Calcium; Calciferol; B12 injections; Multi Vitamins; Loperamide and Coedine, phew!

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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Typically crohn's disease is associated with having D even though many do suffer with C or even alternating between the 2.

Mine are basically always formed (normal looking for the most part) but I still have issues with frequency which averages on 5/day but can be higher on any given day usually around/during my periods (which have a huge impact on my CD and IBS)...urgency is also another huge issue for me, even with formed BM's I cannot hold it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 7/22/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
There are times that it is over 30 times a day in my worse flare.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe once a day, if even that. I've always been very "regular" and normal, which is always odd to me...

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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Normally I would vote C, but the past few weeks I've actually had at least 1 a day! Yeah me!!! Maybe this means I'm healthy right now??

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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I struggle with constipation most of the time, except during a flare...then it will be 15-20 times a day. .... but again... every day is different.... and sometimes I could have a normal poop, then teenie, tiny little grape size ones, then long pencil like ones, then D, the C , then ...on and on all in one day! Go figure!
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have also gone 30+ times a day during severe activity but still not necessarily all D.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 7/23/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't even know what's normal anymore. It's been 7 years since I was diagnosed, but even before that i have been going D since I was 8. I haven't ever been in remission. I would have to say there isn't a day that goes by that I don't go less than 15x a day. Most days it's the constant urge that bugs me more than the D. Getting used to D unfortunately :(

Age:22/6"1'/138lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Warfarin, Prednisone :(, 6mp :( NOT WORKING
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, ChronicUTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s
Procedures: 3 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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