diarrhoea tips?

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   Posted 10/17/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have any tips for dealing with this?

I am having explosive watery diarrhoea, a bit like you get when doing bowel prep. I can't seem to keep it in. I suddenly need to go and am not quite making it to the toilet in time.

I don't know why this is happening. I have a fistula that has cut through my sphincter muscle, and am wondering if the d is coming out the fistula instead of being retained (for a few seconds!) by the anus.

Anyway, it is really hard to cope with. I'm scared to leave the house and am scared to take Imodium, partly because I know my doctor here disapproves of it, and partly because it is really starting to get painful to have a bm, and don't want it all to get backed up inside and then come out as a harder, bigger bm tomorrow.

Any tips? I'm already on soft foods and will probably bump myself up to a liquid diet today.

Ivy. sad
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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought the Imodium would also give me hard stools and I did'nt want that with my hemmies - ouch, but it has'nt done that, just seems to reduce the amount of bms, not the consistancy. It also takes away the cramping pain, but not the urgency. All this may be different for you, I still only take one tablet when needed (which has been every second day) and this seems to help me, if I took the recommended dose maybe it would help with even less bms, not sure about that and not quite willing to put it to the test yet.
Maybe give it a slow try like I am, surely it cant do much damage that way.
Good luck
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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ivy Since you cain't take imodium I really don't know what you should do. Sip water to keep your fluids up .Perhaps stay on the water till things settle down. Hope you get threw this soon. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/17/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
the only thing ive got wld be liquid diet,sorry maybe tlk to ur GI and see if he suggests anything different.
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
3000mg pentasa

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   Posted 10/17/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having a very similar issue. I can't stop going--out the bum and the r-v fistula. explodes or pours out---over and over. Immodium helped for a while and then completely stopped working. GI gave me codeine 2 Wednesdays ago and it was working great. However, it completely stopped working yesterday. I

This is the end of my second week since the humira shot so I'm guessing that has something to do with it. And wondering if it's the same for you. I feel like a diarrhea faucet.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08

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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Eva said:

"maybe tlk to ur GI and see if he suggests anything different."

ROTFL. (See my other thread) :-P

Sammies, yes, I think we're in the same position. It's six weeks since my last shot and things have been getting progressively worse for weeks now. I'm sorry you're in strife too.

Codeine isn't an option for me. My GI absolutely won't let me take it.

The only other thing I could think of was adult nappies (Depends?). The only problems are that:
a. you have be able to get out of the house to buy them, and
b. how exactly do they work? My guess is that they might stop stuff from running down your legs if you have an accident in public, but can everybody smell you, the same way people know when a baby needs changing? (This is a genuine question, please do reply if you know the answer).

This was becoming a fairly urgent issue for me, as I was needing to get out of the house to buy food and had no idea how I was going to manage it, but I am truly blessed - a family has friend just rung, said that she guessed I'd be having trouble about now, and offered to do my shopping for me. There are some truly good people in this world.

Anyway, now I can go and use the last of my eggs to make a baked custard - one of the few things I actually feel like eating right now - secure in the knowledge that I'm about to get some more.

Thanks, all. And sammies, I hope you get some relief soon.

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   Posted 10/17/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Try Boswellia extract. To quote from http://www.nature.com/bjp/journal/v148/n4/abs/0706740a.html
"Clinical studies suggest that the Ayurvedic plant Boswellia serrata may be effective in reducing diarrhoea in patients with inflammatory bowel disease."

Dosage suggestion: 300–500 mg, standardized for boswellic acids, 3 times per day, not with food
Boswellia is otherwise known as frankinsense and has a long history of medicinal use. It also has potent anti-inflammatory effects and is beneficial in Crohn's for that also.

It is not supposed to create problems with C as well.
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