bowel movements in middle of night

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iwallace
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   Posted 9/20/2017 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having loose bowel movements at 3 or 4 am for almost 4 months now, My doctor gave me sleeping pills and a book on insomnia. These did not work because it is a physical urge to go the bathroom 5-6 times between 3 and 6am. Have changed times of taking other meds (blood Pressure) to the morning, stopped taking magnesium, began eating/ drinking 2 hrs before bed, and going to bed earlier, (9-9:30 pm to try and get some sleep before I am wide awake running to bathroom. I also take 3 servings of calcium a day for osteoporosis, ordered by my endocrinologist.

My GP doctor has never had a patient with this.
Tried relaxation, deep breathing, change of sleep place, all to no avail...She said I can have a colonoscopy to see what is going on. Does anyone have any suggestions to this tired and frustrated woman?
( It really helps seeing I am not the only one with this annoying issue.)

Myrne
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   Posted 9/20/2017 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a gastro issue. I think a colonoscopy is a good idea. Usually having BMs at night indicates some gastrointestinal distress. Cold be anything from celiacs, bacterial infection, IBS, IBD, etc. Do you have symptoms during the day?
33 year old female with a husband and son.
Diagnosed with CD in January of 2005.
Resection 9/11/13
Started Stelara in June. Currently in a bad flare and off work and on TPN, Fentanyl Patch, and Oxycodone. Hoping to be off these and back to work by October.
Past Meds: 6MP, Humira, Remicade, & Cimzia.

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 9/20/2017 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Deffo have the colonoscopy. Nocturnal BMs which wake people up are a symptom of IBD rather than IBS. I'm not saying you definitely have IBD, but it's certainly a possibiity. In the meantime you could try taking an Imodium before bedtime.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)

iwallace
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   Posted 9/23/2017 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no symptoms during day. just from 3-6 am each day. Took Immodium before bed and it worked but I was constipated all day. This has been going on 4 months now and i am tired.

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 9/23/2017 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What about trying a lower dose of Imodium? Like half a pill or something.
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