What to take for Diorrhea (can't spell it!)

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Vicky26
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Whats the best thing to take when it comes on suddenly.  Thanks
 


glamourgirl
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Immodium works great for me.
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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Vicky26
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Does it make you constipated when you take Imodium?
Also, is it safe to take with UC?
Thanks
 


Probiotic
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
That's why most of us code the word as "D"- no need to worry about the spelling, lol. Another thing one can try is glutamine or l-glutamine- it is diuretic and constipating. (Don't start off with more than a teaspoon a day to see what effect it has.) In theory it's supposed to have ant-inflammatory properties too, but I have never noticed any such effect- only the constipating effect, which can be a two-edged sword. As with Immodium, I find constipating agents to merely plug up the butt and finally still yield D, only in an explosive sort of uncomfortable way- what I call "constirea".


Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred, 100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
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princesa
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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Another vote for l-glutamine for controlling D and healing the gut. Immodium can be used occasionally, but not on a regular basis. A fiber supplement can also help normalize BMs.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


glamourgirl
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I often take Immodium for several days in a row if I need to and it doesn't cause constipation. It stops me from having D for the day and by the next morning I'm back to my usual UC morning bathroom habits.
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


ucwarrior
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
A fiber supplement like Metamucil can sometimes absorb extra water and tighten stools. Rice works well too.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  


quincy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest fibre supplements.

If diarrhea happens suddenly, isn't consistent and you have no other symptoms before or afterward..it could be something you ingested through food or the food itself if it was taken in excess or out of the ordinary from what you might eat normally.

A stressful situation could have one's colon processing a bit quickly.

If it becomes consistent,it could be IBS or you're in a flare.

If you had constipation for a period of time before the diarrhea, it's probably a flare.

Lots of reasons....but if you're not on meds, you might consider them.

Regardless of the reason....fibre supplements can help bowel health and peristalsis by increasing the proper food for good gut flora probiotics as well as exercising the colon. The up side...it will help bulk the stool which is a good result if one is constipated or having loose or diarrhea stools.

There are many fibre source supplements...the trick is to find one that fits your needs or suits your body's reaction to it.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!
 


Vicky26
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you get IBS with UC?
That would explain a few things.
I take anusol HC suppositories as mine is mainly proctitis.
The 'd' seemed to be a one off but it gets me worried and a bit stressed as I fear going out to work etc worrying that I will need the loo! Sounds a bit mad?
 


quincy
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, many of us have IBS with UC.

Look back a day..could be stress, could be what you ate, could be too much of something.

Worrying won't help...does it sound a bit mad?...you have a choice of how much to worry about. But you might have to make some changes regarding food intake or adding fibre supplements to see if it makes a difference.


Explain mainly proctitis...you mean it does go higher?

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (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 !!!
 


kops2da
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
vicky - I was diagnosed with IBS some 30 years ago and confirmed about 10 years ago with the sigmoidoscopy because I was having bout of diarrhea.  I am 68 and have had to "watch" what I eat or suffer the consequences of IBS (diarrhea, heartburn- also have reflux - cramps, etc.)
The diagnosis for proctosigmoiditis came after bouts of bloody "D".  Mine is confined to my rectal area now.  So, when I have diarrhea I have to be concerned about what I ate, etc. as well as the inflammation.  So far I have had good luck with lowfat/low sugar/low fiber.  It digests the best and  doesn't mess with my colon as much.  Just sticking with what I KNOW I can eat is the hard part.
ElaineNY
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
January 9 - doctor changed me from Protofoam to hydrocortisone enemas for two weeks - wish me luck.
 
 
 
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry - forgot to add that my gastro doctor (and before him, my primary care) have always recommended Imodium in moderation - as little as possible to stop the diarrhea.  I have luck with 1/2 tablet every 6 or 8 hours.  No constipation next day or anything - usually works within an hour of taking it.  A doctor's recommendation is best as always.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
January 9 - doctor changed me from Protofoam to hydrocortisone enemas for two weeks - wish me luck.
 
 
 
 
 

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