How many times do you normally have a BM each day?

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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
How many times do you normally have a BM each day? I ask because when I told my GI how many times I go, he told me to use Immodium AD. I usually go in the morning once, and then maybe another time if I eat more than usual.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Weird, I wonder why he would tell you to use immodium for that little, two times a day would be great! My mom actually asked me the other day how many times is normal for me, and my answer was, it's not NORMAL by any means but my average number is usually around 10-15 times a day, with a large portion of that being first thing in the morning before I go to work.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
For me it's anywhere from 2-6 times a day. Mine is usually first thing in the morning too but some days I'll have a few later in the day. That's the part I hate, not knowing from day to day how many I'm going to have.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
1-2 times - sometimes 3 depending on food
1-2 times is absolutely normal. My children go at least once a day, my wife too.
..... my dog more :-)

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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Right now, it's one to two times a day. Mostly it's just once a day in the morning. Sometimes I'll go later in the day too.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
1-2 but my symptoms are pretty much under control with Asacol. When I first sick: 6-8 times/day.
Mild pancolitis with some diverticular pockets diagnosed in April '08
Currently on 400 mg Asacol X 6 per day

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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My normal varies, but seems to be 4-6 times with majority in the morning. Asking you to use immodium for only 2 times seems a little wierd
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
2-4, depending on what I've eaten the day before--IBS. When flaring it's like 10+. That's weird that he wants you to take Immodium for going twice a day....usually you would take it if you're going 6+ and need the help. I wouldn't listen or seek a second opinion.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I go 1-2 when felling normal...when I first found out I had UC, I was going 6-8 times a day.

I think thats wierd that your GI wants you on GI told me to stay away from immodium cuz it could tear your insides up...
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Remission, 1-5 times a day - or at least I consider this MY remission
While flaring, 5-15 times a day
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Red. Sounds like rremission. I go twice to three times each day.
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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
My avergae for last 6 months is probably about 15 times a day. maybe 6-10 on good days and can be over 30 on bad days. I don't use immodium very often, as they make my gut worse after taking them.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
4-5 tmes a day most coming fomr the mornign like everyone else, but its getting better since my doctor told me to start taking 17 pills total for the day lol.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
4-6 is my norm now. I wish I could get into remission.

I would NOT take Immodium if you're only going 1-2 times. That is a normal amount of times to go a day, even for someone without UC.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 1/27/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
it varies but normally 3-6 times all from the time I get up till about 1 pm then I am usually good to go.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was normal I would have 1-2 a day, just one usually, sometimes I would even skip a day. When I was bad with UC, I was on the toilet 10-15x a day, only actually able to go 5 or so times but cramping and feeling like I had to go up to 15x. Now with treatment, I go 2-3x a day usually.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Phew, glad I'm not the only one going 10-15 times, at first everyone was saying such low numbers I started feeling left out! tongue

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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It's perfectly normal to have bms that often. Your GI is giving you bad advice.

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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
You're totally normal.  And doctor's should not be recommending Immodium unless absolutely necessary.  People with UC should not get reliant on it, because it can lead to toxic megacolon.  Its only for emergencies like when flying or taking road trips while flaring.

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
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