does anyone have to move their bowels more then three times to be able to head out for the day?

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   Posted 5/3/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone I hope you all are well myself not so much I'm thankful now for being able to eat whatever I crave and desire without the dreaded D happening anymore.The thing that bothers me is when I wake up the next day and have to have my bowel movements.I know that with people with IBS we sit on the toilet for awhile do to not feeling like we've evacuated enough of our bowels.My situation is I sit there and wait for awhile for the second one but nothing.I get up thinking I'm done then minutes later I need to go back!!!,this happens up to like six times or even more I do not keep count but do sometimes.It's like my colon wants to play tricks with me going back and forth is draining most of the time I get tired.I say to myself have mercy on me Lord I cant no more but this has to take place so that I can get out and not have to go so many times while I'm out.I'm soooo happy when it's over!,and when I know that's it for real then I head out for the day happy.I pray this will change I do not understand why my stools when they come out our not long shaped long ones sorry for being so graphic.I just want to go ones and have be a real big long one all that needs to come out and that's it and I head out.I keep praying that this will go away and God will take this situation away and return it to where when I go to the bathroom I feel I'm normal in Jesus name I pray amen!!!!! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 5/3/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyday I have diarrhea, and i have 8-10 BM's within an 1 1/2 not counting the false alarmsn and sometimes I even vomit at the same time. "It sucks!!!"

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   Posted 5/3/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I do. That is why i have to get up at 5:30 in the morning to eat breakfast in order to leave the house for 7am, due to having to go at least 5 times or more right after I eat. Unfortunately, it takes up the whole time.
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   Posted 5/4/2010 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
4 - 5 times every day. I need at least 2 hours before I go anywhere.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


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   Posted 5/4/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
You know I do. But it's not because of the reason most IBS'ers have this problem. I had a small malignant rectal tumor removed, it was barely inside. My surgeon had to remove 90% of the sigmoid area, which is known as the reservoir that holds back stool. Above that he also removed 15 inches of my colon. Not really sure why, never asked (didn't even occur to me!) but suffice it to say, my insides will never be what they were before cancer. My "new" reservoir is very small, and this is why I have to release stool all day long. As long as I continue to consume solids. I can reduce the # of bm's by skipping food but keeping fluids up. This is what I call emergency mode (traveling, stressful times, social events).

Sooooo, in a nutshell I can relate to people having to move their bowels numerous times per day. The amount of stool I release each time is minimal, I compare it to rabbit poop. lol

A low residue diet has helped me keep the stool formed and I used to think organic yogurt coupled with the Nature's Way probiotic pill at bedtime induced good bacteria in the lower colon. Well both the yogurt and pill did just that but apparently at very, very low levels. Not near as much as I need. I've been reading a lot of topics of late over on the Ulcerative Colitis forum here. Take a look over there. You may be able to borrow some of their suggestions, as I have. While I don't share their exact symptoms, I do swell up inside (can actually feel the insides of my colon swelling and passing stool when this happens in my new narrow reservoir is not fun).

The product that many have swore by is another probiotic in pill form. Purchased right next to my old one, in the refrigerated section at my local health food store. It's called Ultimate Flora Critical Care. The one I've been taking is 50 Billion count, I had been taking ONLY 5 Billion. They actually offer several counts of probiotics - 5, 30, 50, even 200 Billion. I find that the 50 is just what I need. I went out of town this past weekend and there was a brief 30 min. span where I thought I was getting into that messy, putty stage that can compare to dumping. But it was over in under an hour and I was back to formed stool. Maybe it has a placebo effect with me but knock on wood, I think I did need much higher counts of good bacteria. When your bacteria is out of whack, you'll have lots of trouble. This product seems to be keeping me even keel. And the nightly Colace can't hurt. So I'm continuing with that for now.

Look into the Ultimate Flora Critical Care products. Somewhat pricey, but definitely worth it. I used to joke I wish I could inject organic yogurt into my lower colon. Well, their pills do the job. They are encoated with an outer shell and do not dissolve until the get to the lower colon. This is where they are released and where you need them most. You must take the pill on a completely empty stomach.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus, each evening

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   Posted 5/4/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I also need 2 hours in the morning before heading out. Since I leave at 6:30, I get up between 4 and 4:30. Thank goodness that we have TIVO because I watch a program and have to pause it several times. Once I feel like I can go on with my morning, I quickly shower and get going. I have found it helps to have my clothes laid out and my lunch prepared and all my pills in their little pill holder. It lessens the morning stress.
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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not alone!!!!,it really bothers me when it's a lot of times but I realize that what needs to go down so that it does not happen out in public and I'm comfortable for the day.Being able to run around and do errands or go to appointments with no worries about running to search for a public restroom.Then in the back of my mind I start thinking about the neighbors wondering if they know it's me flushing my toilet so much lol I know that's crazy that's part of my paranoia and anxiety over using my own bathroom a lot lol.Then I think to myself if their worried about how many times I'm using my bathroom and flushing my toilet something is wrong with them and not me LOL!!!! I pray it gets better and it's less times till it's taken away only by the Lord! :)

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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
jt80, this is why I took a part time job with mid-day hours. People always ask me, why do you set your alarm for 6 when you start work at 9 am? I just rule of thumb is to eat by 6:30. That leaves me 2 full hours for business. The extra half is a bonus, if I need it. This has worked well for 4 years now. It is just the way it has to be. I do a lot of pretending. Often I go off to work with my insides churning and doing flip flops. I make sure I have my multi symptom Rolaids handy. I hardly ever need them. Probably a placebo effect. Lately I've had 7 make it 8 full days of formed bm's. Easily passed, flushed away, taken care of.

Currently, I am touting the Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion probiotic pill as my wonder med. It does seem to quieting my gut completely down.

Long ago I accepted the fact that I'll have multiple bm's. each day. Perhaps this is another reason why I manage as well as I do. I gave up my dream of 1 dump a day. Those days are - history.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion daily

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