are "accidents" normal?

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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all, I have a question for you guys, its a little embarrasing but i suppose most things having to do with crohns can be embarrasing.  Ok so last night I was in bed reading and i passed gas, and then I did a second time, only the second time it was warm so I went in the bathroom and I realised that I didnt pass gas at all, it was diarreah{sp?}. I have never had an accident like that before. I am so worried its going to happen while I am out somewhere because it went all the way through to the outside of my pants. Is this something normal that I have just never known about or something I should be worried about
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
They happen and that is all there is to it. You just have to be really careful in instances like that not to trust your body to pass only air...
I had something similar happen to me a few months back for the first time, and it was a big mess. I was so miserable, but the members here were a huge comfort.
It's not something to be ashamed of, it will happen, and just remember that you're still a wonderful human being that should not feel any less worth. I've spoken to a few people without Crohn's, and they have admitted it happening to them at least once so it's not just us. It is just more prevalent within the disease.

Just maybe carry extra underwear, clothes, baby wipes, and a resealable plastic bag with you when you go out if you're worried about it happening then. I used to take immodium every day for long periods of time, and it really did help. The box says to stop use after a certain period, but I got the okay from my doctor as long as I didn't use it to the point where nothing was coming out ever.
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember when I was on here several years ago, we had a saying. "A Crohnie can never trust a fart." Sad, but true. I've never had an accident, but I came pretty darn close. I normally don't leave my house before 10 or 11, but it was raining and I wanted to help hubby get the kids to daycare. It's only a 10-minute drive. It hit me about 7 minutes into the ride. He put the pedal to the metal and I raced into the school bathroom JUST in time. Whew. It was scary.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Aww sweetie I am so sorry that happened. But LMills is right it does happen to all of us. We have all learned to never trust a fart, because for us more than likely it will be a "shart". I am in remission, but still don't trust that its just gas.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i have had that happen and probably will again when i get rid of this bag. when i went out i would wear a sanitary towel just in case this happened it is embarrassing but unfortunatly thats one of the things that can happen to us you are not on your own. Bev x 

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resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
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   Posted 9/15/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Its happened to me before a couple times. Luckly though I was either at home or in the hospital.  Its totally normal and it has always happened when I *thought* it was gas.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
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Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)

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   Posted 9/15/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had at least a half-dozen. I no longer fart unless I'm on the toilet.
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   Posted 9/15/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Been there, done that. Not constantly, but every now and then, and it's always unnerving and upsetting. I've had to toss out plenty of undies and go commando, too.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I HATE when it happens in public...never trust a fart...generally the worse the flare is the greater chance of "accidents" helps to wear pads during really bad flares at least it helps catch some of the mess depending on how big the accident is.

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

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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Been there done that.  I am sure i will again.  what i do is take some tp and put it under my butt.  works great.  don't be afraid to use extra.  yeah

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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   

This happened to me not long ago for the first time. I had just had a MRI of my bowel the day before, so I had to do a complete bowel prep and drink Metamucil for an hour before the procedure. The next day I went to work and was feeling pretty queasy but decided to go and look at the shops in my lunch hour to get my mind off it. I went to pass wind in the middle of this shop and I instantly knew it was something else. And I was at WORK!! I wanted to break down and cry right there and then but instead I gathered myself up, went to the chemist, and brought some more liners (I already had one on luckily, from my draining mushroom drain/fistula)….. got some baby wipes…..Ran to my work bathrooms I(unfortunately a VERY uncomfortable, ten minute walk away) and got myself sorted. It was the worst most upsetting experience. I was so humiliated. I didn’t tell a soul, just went back to work, and had no option. I felt so awful for the rest of the day. I wanted to cry! I think it had a lot to do with the bowel prep the day before/empty bowel/ Metamucil/loose stools. But it was awful!

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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Whoa. You had to do a full bowel prep for an MRI??? Wow.
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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have had it happen to me before many of times. It isn't fun that's for sure but know it's normal for us to have happen.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeah its weird hey, I’ve never heard of anyone else having full bowel prep, and the MRI went for 45minutes!! Lots of lying down doing nothing and listening to music!! Drinking the Metamucil was the worst part, a glass every 10 minutes, yuck!!! I didn’t realise the prep would make things so uneasy the next day and came to work not knowing! Thank god for liners and wipes is all I can say

josef Dieckman
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Never trust a fart.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I only fart on the toilet anymore, never know what is going to come out.
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   Posted 9/16/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an accident at the mall last week and I was so embarrassed I cried for about 6 hours. My stomach was upset so as soon as we got to the mall, we headed straight for the bathroom. When I got into the stall and went to pull my pants down, explosive "d" went everywhere. OMG! I quickly took off my shoes and pulled off my pants and underwear. I had to throw the underwear away and some did get on my pants. It was all over the bathroom and I immediately burst into tears. It was AWFUL!! I was in the bathroom stall for 45 minutes cleaning myself up and cleaning the floor and stuff. There were people in and out of the bathroom and I was listening for someone to say something. I have NEVER been so embarrassed in my life. After I pulled myself together, I came out of the stall and there happened to be someone that I know thru another friend in there. The mall is 45 mins from my house and randomly I saw someone I knew. HORRIBLE!!!!!! I luckily had on a long shirt so I could cover up my pants where they were stained but I had to leave the mall. My husband and daughters were waiting for me and when I went out my husband was like what is wrong. I just said I need to go NOW! I was trying so hard not to cry in the mall but tears were coming anyhow. It was the worst day of my life I think...And I cussed Crohn's disease for a week.. I still haven't gotten over the trauma of it.

All crohnie's feel your pain.... but I'll never learn to deal with this aspect of this DD!
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   Posted 9/16/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a conversation about this very subject with the school nurse. My daughter had her first minor "accident" the other day and needed an undie change. Fortunately it was at home, so no big deal, but we sat and had to figure out how we would handle it if it happened at school.  We decided to go thru the school nurse, who was more than happy to comply and my daughter now has a stash of undies and wipes tucked away in the nurses office for her. Hopefully, she'll get there in time...
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

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  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah, yes, that Jack Nicholson line from The Bucket List, "Never trust a fart!" I saw that movie after I was diagnosed and could appreciate what he meant. I've had mishaps but no disasters. I find the more horizontal you are the more likely just gas will be let out. Unless you're flaring pretty bad.

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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
That is not too bad. When I was in the hospital, I, just like you, had gas and then I felt a bowel movement coming. I rush out of bed, unplug the IV, and rush to the bathroom. However, it was too late. Diarrhea all over the floor from my bed to the toilet. Thank goodness that I had no roommate. The next day it was the same.
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josef Dieckman
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   Posted 9/16/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time this happened to me was 24 hours before I was admitted to the hospital......and it 'twerent was dark red blood........which reminds update post is in order........

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   Posted 9/17/2009 9:48 AM (GMT 0)   
Ha ha ha I love that (a Crohnie can never trust a fart) Beca123 as you can see your not alone and you have to be able to firstly know your body and then learn to laugh about it...because you will cry. It happens and you will learn how to work around it and sometimes you just cant. At least you know at the end of the day there are people out there who can relate to it and laugh and cry with you.

I have a problem with vomiting my food (don't know what causes it...although pregnancy doesn't help because now it's half morning sickness half mystery problem) anyway when I need to throw up and dash to the bathroom and on a day when my Crohns is also bad can be a critical decision between which one to choose hits the toilet...I usually go for the one that I think will make the biggest mess takes priority.

It is my secret ultra humiliating weekly/daily experience shared for the first time.
Tina 26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 125mg Motillium for digestion used in the past Remcide, salofalc, pred.
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams ha ha.

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   Posted 9/17/2009 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Been there too!! I know how upsetting it can be as well, it was happening to me on a daily basis and not just when I passed gas either, just a simple walk down the hall and bang out it all came, I became confined to the home until I recently had an ileostomy done. (not saying u need that) but now I dont have accidents anymore unless my bag springs a leak I guess, I know its easier said than done but try not to let it get to you too much it may never happen again and I hope it doesnt, so hang in there your not alone, we are all here for you, take care

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   Posted 9/17/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah yes, it is normal. Pretty sure it's happened to all of us. I just had this happen the other. I too thought it was going to be gas, but quickly realized that it wasn't going to be. Rushed to the bathroom, but did not make it in time. :( It stinks, but you just clean up and go on. LOL
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

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