Posted 8/19/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)
First of all, little warning, my message here will contain some slightly graphic info.. although I suppose that is common in this board, I figured I'd still give a heads up in case someone is crazy enough to be having a snack while browsing the IBS section.
Okay, so.. I have a major pet peeve when it comes to pooping, like I suppose we all do. I absolutely cannot stand when things are messy. Generally, I poop once a day.. and half the time things are perfect.. good size, solid log, and absolutely no residue whatsoever. These are the days that make life worth living. The other days.. not so much. The log will still be a proper size and solid.. except the end of it. It will kind of hang, get stuck, and takes forever to clean up after. It ruins my entire day like I cannot express. Until I found Imodium.
So, I used to be insanely overweight. I lost a buttload and now I have a pretty healthy daily diet. For a long time, when I would stay on that diet.. poops were always great. However, if I would eat out or splurge a little, a bad poo would follow. So when I discovered Imodium, I learned that if I took a half a pill a few hours after I'd eat out/splurge, it would keep the poo perfect almost every time. So that's how things were for a few years.
Then suddenly a few months ago, the daily diet stopped giving me good poops. about half the time, or more, they'd be bad, and I'd want to rip out my intestines and trade them with someone else. Since then I've been trying to alter my diet to eat foods that are more binding, or find a balance of taking the proper amount of preventative Imodium, with not much luck. So last month, I went on a vacation with my lady. Last thing I wanted was to have bad ones while staying in hotels with someone. Considering I would also not be dieting on the trip, I chose to, a few days prior, try taking two Imodium each morning.
The results were great. Perfect poops for about five days in a row. Around the sixth day, I noticed that whenever I had some gas, I was getting very, uh, moist back there. I would go wipe, and there was lots of clear liquid coming out. Little thicker than water. Decent amount of it too, took a few wipes till it was gone. I had no pain, discomfort, or anything at all. To be safe, I stopped taking the Imodium. The following day I wiped from these strange new liquid farts, but this time there were some streaks of blood on the paper. This obviously concerned me a lot more. I have seen a little blood on paper in the past, but only if I, pardon the language, ripped a HUGE grumper. It definitely wasn't coming from anything internal. Over the course of the next day, the liquidy gas seem to get better and then stopped. When I pooped next, I noticed small streaks of blood in it. The poop the following day and every day since has been totally back to normal. I figured what happened was I took too much Imodium and it backed me up inside which caused me to bleed somehow. I guess!
Over the next week or so, all poops were good without Imodium.. and then, back to bad ones. Waited a week or so to try and see if they would switch back, never did, so I tried taking daily Imodium again, but this time only one pill a day. So far things have been fine, although poops have been small, they have all been good since about the second day in. Gas has not been liquidy yet, but after tonight's poop, the wiping seemed to have the same liquidyness as before.. although the gas since has not been liquidy. I've been thinking about trying a half a pill instead but I just don't think it will be strong enough.
Anyway! Needless to say, I'd love to be able to find a permanent solution to my poop issues.. so any information/advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated. I, and my buttocks, thank you in advance.