Leslie - oh I'm so sorry to read your father is terminally ill. I can see now why you are under such IBS issues right now. My prayers and thoughts going out to you and your dad.
Another tactic I often use in a bathroom is leaning way over as I'm sitting on the commode, as if I am hugging my ankles, with my head on my knees. This position seems to move things along internally.
One more tactic I often try is to stand in place and do knee lifts. I just raise each leg as high as I can, almost to my chest. This somewhat mimics going up and down steps but if I'm in a situation where I can't do this, for example while traveling, I just stand in place, in the bathroom stall and do about 5 or 10 knees bends/lifts each leg. This seems to move things along as well.
One more note - when I had cancer and then my resection our family had a YMCA membership. Prior to surgery, I would often use their treadmills. After my surgery, I tried this, but often had to stop so many times to use the bathroom. I told a trainer my problem and he said to make sure I didn't use a specific nautilis (sp?) machine, because the exact motion it produces, encourage colon/GI tract contractions. Since I was going like crazy back then, I made a mental note not to ever use it. I wish I could remember what that specific machine was but for the life of me I can't.
We eventually bought our own treadmill so I could pause while using it for bathroom visits. It worked great because I was in my own home.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening