Hi: I'm usually on the fibromyalgia forum, but thought my question was more appropriate here.
After my 2 children were born (youngest is now 20), I had severe tearing each time and lots of stitches (my first child was over 9 pounds and I'm fairly small). After my youngest was born, about 2-3 months later, I developed uncontrollable diarrhea, no matter what I ate.
Long story short: They never did determine the cause of the diarrhea. I was put on Elavil (amitriptyline), which the gastro doctor said would dry out my system. It took months, and I was on Elavil for years, but gradually, it got better; no watery, explosive stools. The looser stools didn't completely go away, though, and I still get occasional flares. I do have a bit of urgency when I wake in the morning, but just somewhat loose stools; usually not diarrhea. I should also mention a neurologist determined I may likely have mild cerebral palsy, so that may explain some of the spasms.
A gynecologist said I could have plastic surgery in the rectal area and it 'may' help (no, no money for that and sounds a bit 'iffy.') I do Kegal exercises which seem to help a bit, but still get a type of 'must push' feeling (as in childbirth) often when I get any type of diarrhea for any reason, even after it has run its course. It's so hard to get it to stop! I also more rarely get rectal spasms which wake me at night and I can get relief from walking and/or sitting on the toilet and gently pushing.
The only specific food I seem to have trouble with are boiled or scrambled eggs (guaranteed diarrhea within a couple of hours), and I try to steer away from raw and rough foods. Once in a while, dairy can cause problems, but usually dairy products are okay.
I strongly hesitate to go back on Elavil, because it affects me so strongly. Even taking a small amount before bedtime means my next day I'll be very sleepy.
Does anyone here know of any other way to get these spasms to stop? I don't have them all the time anymore (used to be housebound in the early days of this), but it's still a bit 'iffy' to venture out when the spasms are 'active.' Maybe there are other exercises or such to build up those muscles?
Any ideas very appreciated! Thank you.
ETA: Forgot to mention I had a flex sig 20 years ago and was told they "never saw it move through that fast!" :) and a colonoscopy a couple years ago, which they said looks 'great.'
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
Blessed Mother Teresa
Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 7/23/2014 10:57:42 AM (GMT-6)