I mean regarding using imodium to control the diarrhea or loose stool, it can give one a false sense of being OK and not treating the inflammation..possibly leading to failure of using meds or feeling that one needs them.
As well, imodium if taken consistently can set the colon up for being extra lazy (it learns very quickly), and just not want to work at all.
While toxic megacolon isn't common, it can happen where if one's colon isn't doing it's peristalsis and one has gas....it can expand the colon in areas and therefore lose its elasticity to function.
Those of us with IBS and UC have a difficult time differentiating when there's no bleeding.
But, you say you've used it for a long time...so, I can only "suggest" you don't depend on it. Fibre supplemantation can help with bulking the stool, helping exercise the colon and encourage regular bms...etc.
If your doc isn't concerned...I shouldn't be I guess. You know what works for your body. I do understand why you use it....
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 9/18/2008 10:59:15 PM (GMT-6)