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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Was in to see my gastro today. Interesting comment from her PA: when I mentioned floaters, she interpreted that as mucus in the stool. When she reported mucus in the stool to my gastro I "corrected" her, thinking, of course, of visible mucus on the stool or water surface or toilet paper. She said, no, that mucus was what was causing the floaters. I thought that was interesting as I always thought that floaters were caused by either 1] too much fat in the stool or 2] too much air in the stool (I never could keep it straight: sinkers vs floaters & reasons/causes).
And on that interesting thought I shall say:
Merry Christmas to all and may 2009 be kind to us all with remissions, a decent government and an improving economy. God bless each and everyone of you!

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 12/22/2008 6:23:56 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Stools that float are generally associated with some degree of malabsorption of foods or excessive flatus/gas. Floating stool is seen is a variety of different situations, the
majority being diet-related or in association with episodes of diarrhea caused by an acute gastrointestinal infection. A change in dietary habits can lead to an increase in the amount of gas produced by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Similarly, acute gastrointestinal infections can result in increased air/gas content from rapid movement of food through the GI tract. One misconception is that floating stools are caused by an increase in the fat content of the stool. In fact, increased air/gas levels in the stool make it less dense and allow it to float. Another cause of floating stools is malabsorption. More than two weeks of diarrhea with floating stools is often seen in people suffering from malabsorption, a dysfunction in the GI tract that affects the body's ability to digest and absorb fat and other food. Increased levels of nutrients in the stool (those not absorbed by the GI tract) are supplied to the normal bacteria that live in the gut, which in turn produce more gas. This results in more air/gas- rich stool that floats. Dietary changes, diarrhea, and malabsorption can cause floating stools. Most causes are benign and will resolve when the infection ends or the bacteria in the GI tract become accustomed to the changes in your diet.

And a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year to you C2!!

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

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   Posted 12/22/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks C2 and Merry Christmas to you too. And remember, hope floats...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 12/23/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
haha! Only here... only here.

Good to know. I be flotin' every day. I do believe I will convey that to my GI... didn't even know that meant anything. lol :)

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   Posted 12/23/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Supplemental soluble fiber (Metamucil, etc.) will cause floaters, too.
Just trying to be a "Regular Member".

Entocort 9 mg/day, Prednisone 20 mg/day, started Humira 1/22/08, started 100 mg of Azasan (Imuran) 2/20/08. Increased Azasan to 150 mg 10/15/08. Discontinued Humira 11/03/08 after extreme fatigue and moderate muscle aches. Started Cimzia 12/4/08. Down to 5 mg/day of Pred now, and will continue to taper until completely off as long as the other meds keep me off the porcelain.

I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.

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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, PB4. We can always count on you to come up w/interesting information and answers!

Diet changes could well be the reason. I quit smoking. Was eating us outta house and home. Gained 11 lbs in 8 weeks!! And NOT evenly distributed weight either (as I did when on TPN a couple of years ago) - all the weight is right in the old "apple" section. Lots of gas, but no discomfort, nausea, queasies, etc. Thank goodness I have little sense of small any more!!

So smoked 3 cigarettes Sunday, they tasted GOOD!! But ... maybe I've leveled off FINALLY as no gain this week so ..... I'll give it another week - or another pound - before I get serious about enjoying my cigarettes again and didn't buy a carton while out and about yesterday. I'se was a gooooood kid. For now.

LOVE the humor in this forum!!!!! (((hugs))) to all. Yeah, Sniper! Hope does spring eternal!

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 12/25/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks C2, now i have an interesting topic for the xmas table later today! ;0)

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