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   Posted 10/7/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I need some natural low-impact solution to moving my digestion along a bit. I'm currently technically in a flare, on pred and 6MP and Asacol, but my only symptom is abdominal soreness and a bit of distention and occasional pain. My BM's are normal and daily - problem is I don't think I'm "outputting" quite the volume of what I'm "inputting" - as a result the symptoms intensify as things back up until I do liquids for a few days and everything catches up, then I'm back at the beginning of the cycle with minimal symptoms.

I keep wondering about stricture/obstruction but it doesn't seem to fit - I have bowel sounds, BM's aren't pencil thin, I don't seem to have nausea unless I don't drink enough water that day, and the pain is no where near what I'm reading people experience.

I was wondering if there are some natural things I can eat that can speed things up a bit. I don't seem to have any issues with eating anything, that is, nothing I eat seems to cause any more pain than anything else.

Thanks, Darren

Post Edited (Idolwild) : 10/7/2007 5:50:48 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/7/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
When I have issues I use a small amount of Milk of Magnesia. It is gentle on the tummy and the bum. Just take less than the recommended. I sometimes get bound up from the pain meds
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
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   Posted 10/7/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
i find camomile tea helps when flaring badly

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   Posted 10/7/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   

perhaps taking a stiil softner will help like colace. it helps me when i have these issues and its not addictive or anything so you could take it long term ans come off without a problem. my doc always reccommends this. i guess it just helps things move along without any stimulant or anything.


Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 (Thats Right, Merry Christmas to me!)
Probable MS
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking remicade, protonix and evil prednisone for my CD. am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BD med. and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes.
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   Posted 10/7/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You mentioned not drinking enough water at times.....I can tell a difference if for 1 day, I don't the water that I should.  You need to make sure that you drink lots of water every day.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Milk of magnesia caused me more pain than anything else. I would try stool softeners or maybe ask ur GI about miralax (especially now since it is OTC you may want to dbl check)
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate drinking water and often forget about it until I start feeling unwell 2 days later. I've resorted to having ice cubes in a large glass around all the time. Instead of reaching for munchies I such on ice cubes. If I leave the glass near me I remember to take a few ice cubes. It keeps me well hydrated and boy do I notice a big difference if I go one day without my ice cubes.
I used to find that a walk around the block would help moves things along when I wasn't flaring. Forget walking if I was. I now have to use crutches and/or a scooter so I don't get the exercise I need. '
Just a few suggestions....I hope you find a suitable solution for you soon. Good luck
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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