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Roopkirani
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   Posted 5/4/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Something a little more light-hearted...

How many of you have actually invested in a comfortable toilet seat (e.g. padded vs ceramic) since being diagnosed with UC? After all, considering the amount of time many of us spend on the potty, might as well be as comfy as possible, right?

On a side thought, from your experience, what do you find is the best way to sit to encourage the bowel to empty properly? Upright? Folded over? Leaning back and slightly slouched? I've actually been experimenting with different posture recently. I have yet to make any real conclusions tongue
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Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
Supplements: Omega 3, Flax oil, Multivitamin, Probiotic (HMF Forte)


Beth75
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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
a little bathroom science experiment........ I lean forward at a 90 degree angle.
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UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
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jujub
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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I sit up so I can hold my book at a comfortable position to read. I never used to read in the bathroom, but now I've formed the habit, and even in remission I still do it.
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Pooie1981
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   Posted 5/4/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmn.. I have to say I am a lean over frontwards a bit kinda person... I never used to read either but since I have been determined not to "push or strain" I have taken up reading the tooth paste and shampoo bottles.... lol...
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/4/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
There was once someone on the crohns board who thought the best way to get fully empty was to have your feet on the toilet seat, bum in the air, squating over the seat. I never did try that one. But after traveling in Asia and seeing the squat holes on the floor I guess some find that squatting is the way to go. I'm afraid it would spray everywhere. I sit and lean forward and once in awhile bring my feet up a little (which I think has a similar effect to squatting).
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


elephantlover
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   Posted 5/4/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I sat with a little lean so I can do my cross word puzzle book. I to was never a bathroom reader because my Mom once told me it would cause hemmroids to sit there to long, lol. Now it seems to be my favorite room. So I make sure I have reading materials. Now my hubby done started doing the puzzles, hope he dosn't get hemmroids.

:)
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm impressed with comfy seats, though the vinyl foamy ones remind me of a grandparents home (not mine) they get old and crack and that's yucky! I would install one, though i dont think my family would aprreciate it.
Our magazine basket is rt next to the throne. My favorite vacation spot in the house, 2nd to the couch!
Its a great place for a quiet read. I found reading books there to be too engrossing because before you know it, ALOT of time has passed and people start wondering if you're ok, and then your feet 'fall alseep.'
I'd rather save long trips for when i really need them, so i try to read a few pages at a time and minimize the time spent there, which doesn't always happen.

I've read that sitting there for long periods leads to hemmorroids, cant prove that bec. i have one already. I think its more the straining that causes it.


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Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
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Bigphule
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
What I want to invest in is some way to keep my legs from falling asleep.  But a comfy butt pad does sound nice.
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hekela
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
supposedly the squat holes are better for not getting hemmies.
with that in mind i will sometimes put my feet up on a stool. don't think i could manage balancing on the toilet seat to poo, i think you need a wider stance for a proper squat! haha

no padded seats here, also brings back images of grannie's house. i would prefer something a little warmer than what we have tho!!
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pb4
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave up on padded ones yrs ago, they end up splitting open and that pinches when you sit on them...OUCH!!

I had a GP tell me long ago that the proper way to expel was squatted position which naturally makes you lean forward some, because of the way the bowels are positioned, this is the most natural/proper way to expel completely and properly without discomfort...he said just like most animal squat, is how humans should also be positioned....therefore, the lower the toilet the better and legs to the side and back some, not infront and body leaning forward.

:)
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quincy
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   Posted 5/4/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have leaned forward a bit sometimes to avoid pushing too much....but I've seen on the program "You are what you eat"...to put your feet on a low stool so that your knees are higher than the pelvis. Easy to make I would think...one horizontal board and two vertical with little half moons carved out..lol!

I've never owned a padded seat...don't like them at all.
I've found the rounder the profile of the seat, the better positioning for bms. The flatter the seat...the more leg numbing happens.

q
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:)
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   Posted 5/4/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hmm....heated sounds nice.
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Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 5/5/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When flaring I keep a small step stool in the bathroom - keeping the feet up a bit does help. I've also been known to get my feet up on the seat (knees by the nose) to get things out.

Sometimes a rocking motion helps - at least mentally. Sometimes leaning back against the tank helps.

All depends on the moment!
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm...I havent been dx with UC...but I have problems and now that I am reading, it sounds just like it... but I usually lean forward...sometimes I rock. I also try to avoid straining, (I was scared I had a hemorroid once), I thought if I strained I would make it bleed...but I think I was wrong, since it happens anyways. Sometimes I also wiggle... It has become more habit forming. I didnt used to do that... But, good topic! At least now I know I am not a crazy person! Apparently, I have quite a bit in common with you guys!

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UC spouse
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Roopkirani-if you don't mind me asking where are you from...just curious b/c your name means something in my language.

Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
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rouns
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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Folded forward.

Diagnosed 1978, first proctitis, left sided UC diagnosed a few years ago, and bilateral uveitis.

Current meds: Cortenema 2/day, Lialdia 4.8 mg/day, Rowasa, Canasa, Proctofoam as needed.

Currently flaring x several months.

Born in 1957, currently age 50.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have read that squatting is the way to go- evolutionary speaking, human bodies have been designed to evacuate in the squatting position. When you squat down, it does something to the anatomy down there, makes it easier to go. Since in today's world it's not much of an option, some suggest putting your feet up about 6-8 inches on a footstool when going. I do this sometimes & it does seem to make it easier to go- not as much straining. sometimes I don't bother. And if I do have to go outside, I'm squatting, & it's always been pretty "easy". We just have a regular old toliet seat, no padding...i can't deal with the "whoosh" the padded seats make! Plus, if you sit down on one right after someone else has used it, it's still warm...kinda gross... I know the "regular" toilet seats retain warmtn, but the padded ones seem to retain it for a loooong time!

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UC since'76
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   Posted 5/8/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
How about a heated one? In the winter, I have noticed, itchy skin is cold skin. If I have to get up in the night, I itch when I get back to bed. When my son graduated from college and got a job as an engineer, I told him to ask all his new coworkers if they could invent me a heated toilet seat. I said I was willing to pay $500.00. I'm sure he really asked, aren't you? (I was just joking with him. I told him after all I spent putting him through college, the least he could do is engineer me a heated toilet seat. It is our running joke.)
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Roopkirani
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   Posted 5/9/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
UC spouse said...
Roopkirani-if you don't mind me asking where are you from...just curious b/c your name means something in my language.


I was born and raised in Canada; however, my background is East Indian :-)

The literal translation is "Beautiful Queen" or "Queen of Beauty" in Hindi, if that is what you are referring to. The nickname was given to me by my fiance when we first started dating.
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Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
Supplements: Omega 3 capsules, Flaxseed oil, Multivitamin, Probiotic (HMF Forte)


bookworm21
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   Posted 5/9/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Roopkirani--I knew you're name was in Hindi! My background is East Indian, too! :)
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Yorkshire Lass
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   Posted 5/9/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This thread has just reminded me to get a new seat for mine! It's broken... I've always liked a gamble, spent my life lurching from one crisis to the next but right now, not only do I not know whether to trust a fart or not but also whether I'm going to fall off!!! Imagine going to the hospital with a toilet seat induced injury? LOL!!

Thank goodness it's Saturday tomorrow, I'll go buy one!

Hope everyone has a peaceful and relaxed weekend
Louise


Sara14
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   Posted 5/9/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's an interesting read that talks all about the benefits of "squatting." It even says the reason more people in developed countries have IBD is because we don't squat when going to the bathroom... Not sure how accurate this site is, but I found it interesting, nonetheless: http://www.naturesplatform.com/health_benefits.html
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/10/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I found that really informative. Thank you.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome, Fitzy. I see you started a new post about it over on the Crohn's board. It will be interesting to see others opinions on it. I wish the squat toilet being sold on that Web site wasn't so expensive.
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Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


Roopkirani
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   Posted 5/10/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
That's an excellent article you provided, Sara14!

I particularly love the visual aids - hehe
24, Female
Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
Supplements: Omega 3 capsules, Flaxseed oil, Multivitamin, Probiotic (HMF Forte)

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