strange question, but how do you count BMs?????

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   Posted 6/20/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I know it sounds wierd but i hav enever thought much about it.  until now as my frequency is increasing.  at first i thought iwas count how many time you into the bathroom and close the door.  now i am sitting there for sometimes 15 to 20 mins and having 3 to 4 BMs.  so do i count those as the 3 or 4, or just one?   Sorry for this, but i am beggining to think that i am having a lot more BMs.  your input is always appreciated.
47 yrs old male married 2 teenage boys. 
  • Dianosed with CD 13 yrs ago-probably had it for a lot longer 
  • tried Asacol, Pentasa, Cimzia, Remicade, Predisone
  • Had blockage in 2009-hospitalized for 6 days. 
  • Had surgery in Jan, 2010 to remove terminal illium-13 inches total of small and large. found 3 strictures.
  • had  nasty bleed out from surgery requiring another hospital stay 
  • Tried 6MP after surgery lost more weight. 
  • Had follow up colonoscopy- Crohn's is back already
  • Now restarting Remicade.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I count each visit to the throne. I would lose track if I tried to count anything else.

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   Posted 6/20/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
If I'm sitting on the toilet for several minutes and have 2+ BMs in that time, I tend to count them separately. But not always. If it's only a tiny amount which comes out I'll discount it. Or if I go, then go again seconds later, I'll count that as one BM. It's all quite subjective really; more so than you would think possible :-/

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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I count those as one.
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   Posted 6/20/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are way smarter than I, I would rapidly loose count (not enough fingers and toes). Personally, I would estimate the total - rounding up generously if I needed to persuade someone important with such weird data . . . ie to alter a course of therapy (as in my grump GI dude).

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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My reply to my GI and any of his assistants to the number of bowel movements in a day has always been 5 or 6. They think that since I have had surgery the optimal would be one but to me it is a non issue. I do not have diarrhea, urgency or pain so sitting there for 2-5 minutes 5 times a day or once 15 minutes is the same diff?
And if I am not a home, riding my horse or golfing I do not have to go as often. Think it is more of a habit.
58 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009

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   Posted 6/20/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I kept a tic sheet taped to the bathroom wall for a week and averaged it out. I don't count 2 at the same sitting, but, if I'm all wiped up, pants pulled up and toilet flushed and I have to go again before I get 10 feet from the bathroom, I count those as two.

The tic sheet was the only way I could get an accurate estimate.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

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   Posted 6/21/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My assumption is that most people have a BM 1 or 2 times a day without that being an issue. I go somewhere between 3 and 5 times a day when I am doing OK and I don't think of that as an issue. I go anywhere from 6 up to 20 times when I am flaring. SO if the doctor asks me how many times I am going he is really asking about how my system is coping. I frequently sit on the toilet for a while with a couple of rounds happening!! I enjoy that time with books or crosswords, and just let my body take the time it needs.

I agree with grayeyedblonde on calling it 1 time if I have been sitting the whole time, but 2 if I think I have finished and left or almost left the bathroom. I also would count it as 2 like grumpygi if I want to express my sense of need for more aggressive treatment.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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