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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery last August to remove a 2' section of my small intestine that was continually causing me some trouble. Since the removal, I've had no more pain. blockages, everything going great.
The only problem I've still been having is with my bowel movements and such. For the last year they have been a toss up...normal, formed, very watery. I was told by my doc that was normal and over the next few months, things would straighten out.
Over the past month, I've been having nothing but watery stools and in the last week I've been having to go to the bathroom many more times a day than normal...sometimes even an hour after eating. I'm very happy I'm pain free, but the not to happy about this issue.
My doc suggested I take Immodium before I eat to maybe help relieve the issue, but I think I'm more concerned that after a year, I'm still having very watery stools.
Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem or has any suggestions.
Thank you

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
If you had the terminal ileum removed that can cause your diarrhea. Some folks use Questran to help bulk up the stools, maybe you can ask your doctor about it. Good luck!
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the did involve my terminal ileum.
I will see what I can do, thanks again!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection 2 years ago and my stools have been diarrhea like since then. I tried Imodium and it seemed to work for awhile, but then I got bad colic pain and stopped taking them. The Questran sounds like a good idea, maybe that might help you. Glad to hear you are still pain free :)
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 9/11/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had the same situation since my first (of three) resections 10 years ago.  I also had cramping pain with immodium.  Next tried Lomotil which didn't do the trick either.  Finally had Deodorized Tincture of Opium prescribed, which for me was life-changing.  Ask about it.  When used approximately 30 minutes before meals it most of the time allows me to eat without having to run to the bathroom within minutes-an hour.  Allows me to go shopping without worrying where the nearest bathroom is.  So many good things.  If I was ever unable to get it I'd be devastated, such a quality of life improvement!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Questran for about a week now and just today I had formed BM and the past 2-3 days I've only gone to the bathroom once per day. Now I worry about constipation? LOL
I did have alot of gas today too.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Protonix,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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