Diahrea then constipation-What do you do?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
For about a year now since diagnosis I have had mostly diarrhea.  The last week I have had the thin, pencil like stools and it is very small bowel movements.  I feel like I have to go but nothing comes out.  I have eating alot so I know that isn't the reason.  How do I get regulated and at what point do I worry that I am partially obstructed.  This morning mucus came out for awhile then a small piece of stool. 

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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this often, too.
Try drinking lots of water and introducing a fiber supplement or eat something fibrous (like brocolli) - not too much, though, too fast.  Small amounts at first.
I also "massage" my back and bowel area to try and get things moving. Sometimes that sensation can make you go.
Of course, NOT going too much is a good thing in some instances.  Might mean you're going into a bit of remission.  I've worried about obstruction, too, with this...when do you know if you're just not inflamed or if it's an obstruction on the way?  There are those on this board who have had obstructions and I'm sure they will be along soon to explain to you what they felt like.
Right now, though, try not to worry about it being an obstruction.  It very well may not be.  I go from having D up to 10 times a day to having these pencil-like stools where I feel like I should be going a lot more based on what I've eaten but then don't.  The intestines...such a strange organ when they have CD.
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i am having nearly the same problem, i will see my doctor on 5th of august. I am getting contipated sometimes, i feel that something is not right. I have stricture, i am not sure if it is partially obstruction or not. Good lucky!! After i see my doctor i will let you know.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Pencil thin stools sounds like it could be a stricture and/or inflammation to me. Are you very bloated for a few hours after eating?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have mild narrowing at the terminal ileum and have been managing since last summer with the entocort and pentasa. I am very bloated now because of my period as well. I have a call into the Gi doc but in the meantime am drinking lots of water. Prior to this I can have the pencil thin stools, then diarhea and then somewhat formed finger like stools all within a day. This to me seems odd though what has been going on the last few days since there is little output. I have alot of loud bowel sounds too. Can they tell anything from a plain x-ray or is the cat scan the only way??

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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I go back and forth between the two extremes sometimes within a day. Not sure if it is "normal" or not, but that is the way I have been for years. Drinking too much of any fluid will trigger the diarrhea, pain killers or too much protein or fiber will trigger the constipation. The fix that works for me on the constipation is to walk or do some sort of gentle exercise, as well as drinking lots of fluids. That usually gets things moving. Other than that, my labs show that there isn't really any active disease, and I do know that I have about a foot or two of strictured bowel at my terminal illeum.
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