Alternating diarrhea and constipation

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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes (like twice in a month) have alternating diarrhea and constipation.  For one day, I have liquid bowel movements 4-5 times in a day. I would generally take a small dose of anti-diarrhea medicine in that case.  Then I have no bowel movement in the following 2 days.  Everything comes back to normal after that.  3 or 4 weeks later, this alternating diarrhea/constipation may reappear again.  Is that a sign of bowel obstruction?
(1) I never throw up/vomit.
(2) I very rarely experience cramps and several admoninal pains.  Most are mild abdominal pain, which is releieved by passing gas.
(3) I sometimes can hear the noise (loud) in my stomach.
This alternating diarrhea/constipation is a sign of obstruction or IBS related?  Do you experience something similiar?

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

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

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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering about the alternation as well. Only mine is such that during one and the same BM I will have a solid stool and then it will switch to diarrhea a few minutes later. Kind of strange I think..I can't really say how or why it does that either. I share 1 and 3 on your list though I do suffer from some pretty terrible nausea during the severe abdominal pain. Let me know what you find out. It's been bothering me as well.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I experience a similar problem, pretty much all the time... Though, I tend to lean more towards constipation... I don't know what to tell you... I've had tests done and they don't show any obstructions... *And I am vommitting and hearing loud noises in my tummy*

You sound like a guy (the Paul thing), so... I'm guessing its not a female problem... *Which I think mine is... I need to have surgery done, anyway*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/25/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My stools typically change per bathroom use during the day. I will have a solid stool, then the next time it gets softer and softer but not to the point of diarrhea. But with each BM, the more pain and blood. I am starting new med and hoping that it helps.

Keep us updated on your condition.
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