J Pouch Crohnies - is it possible to get under 10 BM's a day?

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   Posted 9/19/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
goodness, i need to stop this diarrhea! i've been going to the bathroom so much for so long - i am feeling defeated!!!

i used to take loperimide [imodium] like 4 pills every meal but since i've been on the remicade i have stopped taking it. (advice from GI)
it wasn't really working for me anymore anyways cause i was on it for so long - like 8 yrs.

i am currently trying the cholestryramine but i have a hard time drinking it and it makes me feel bloated.
i have started taking it in smaller doses throughout the day with juice - crystal light. its okay, but i am not sure if it is really working.

The only saviour i have is a med called EMTEC. and the key ingredient is CODINE which slows the BM's and it works really well for me.
It also takes away the pain - kinda like tylenol 3 but without the caffine.
I have been taking it for several yrs. now. Lately i have been taking about 2 pills a day. for sure one at bed time.

yeah I am slated for a bone density exam & a CT Scan on the 22nd and a Sigmoid on the 29th. Knife like pain is still there in my rectum quite often.
Hoping its nothing too serious, wish me luck!

(And yes I also think Kane West is a jerk for doing what he did to Taylor Swift! Whoever wins a huge award like that wins it because of their hard work & dedication and their loyalty to their fans and in turn they deserve to be recognized. He did apologize .... but he still sucks!)

praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.

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   Posted 9/20/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you know there is a form of cholestyramine in a tablet? Ask your pharmacist or dr. about this---it is way better than drinking the gritty stuff. Also, have you tried Lomotil? It works simlarly to codeine to slow your gut down therefore decreasing diarrhea

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1118
   Posted 9/20/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sorry you are having a hard time, have you tried H/W ostomies site  just go to forums& chat and scroll down to it there are quite a few people on there that can give you some advise. Hope you get it sorted soon Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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