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   Posted 9/16/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a short colon 2 feet w/ coostomy about 10 months now. I go to hospital 3x a week for fluids and magnesium.I usually am low 1.2 and I cant seem to keep it in my body I eat alot of bread to try to slow it up and gastro has me on mag pills but cant seem to keep the poop thick. does anyone else have a problem with magnesium with the short gut and dehydration? please help ole bag in wi.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Magnesium acts as a stool loosener so I am not surprised you can't thicken things. Are you taking fiber, like metamucil? Are you taking imodium or lomotil to slow things down? For dehydration I drink Vitalyte. Lots of sodium and potassium with very little sugar. You can order it online at Remember to eat salty foods to help retain fluids.


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   Posted 9/16/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 8 lomotil a dayand I was told to drink powerade O and I have this powder cholestyramine and unless I stuff my face with breads and pizza and I have put on almost 40lbs whichmy doc and family are happy with, not me but I guess its better than being skinny an sick, I have had crohns since i was 23 am, now 55. I did not know about the salt. Thank you
Take Care and God Bless, Daffy

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   Posted 9/17/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I take magnesium for my colonic inertia (everything is still intact).  I also agree that that could be causing part of the problem.  I realize your levels are low so you need to take it.  Try adding calcium supplements to it.  Not sure how magnesium/calcium works exactly but a rough explanation is that calcium "sucks" away the magnesium.

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   Posted 9/21/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
The problem with taking both Magnesium and Calcium is they fight for space and the the latter usually wins, so your magnesium drops. Magnesium isn't very well absorbed from oral supplements. I take it by intramuscular injection, but you can also use Epsom Salts and E45 cream to make up a magnesium cream, or disolve Epsom salts in water (250g in one litre) and administer it with an 20ml enema syringe.
Epilepsy since childhood.  Controlled with neurosurgery in 2000 and continuing medication
Chronic constipation for as long as I can remember
2004 - Started with Severe M.E
2005 - Diagnosed with Heart murmur and tachychardia
2008 - Found to have Osteoporosis
2010 - Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia, Rectocele and Anismus
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