Subdued/all, great info all, thanks : ). I'm encouraged that you too experience the giant stool syndrome (lol). Maybe I've been sick for so long I forgot what a BM is supposed to be? BTW how tall are you and what's your weight?
My current GI is head of GI at a very well known university's school of medicine so her level of experience was supposed to be top in her field...she almost seems to be saying my symptoms are not those of UC/IBD...IBS perhaps?
My spasms are actually in my abdominal area and not rectal but I wonder if rectal spasms can also trigger abdominal ones? I take peppermint oil caps that are enteric coated which my GI said is a very effective antispasmoic almost as much as Levsen etc. The spasms can last 12 hrs at a time getting less painful and frequent each hour until they dissipate completely. My proctologist said the same stool softener he is recommending for my fissure might also help the spasms as the ultra hard stool might be causing stress on the walls of my colon creating the spasms....I just started on Colace so we'll soon see, hopefully it will work, the Good Lord willing : ) I just added some Benefiber and when I mentioned fiber to my GI doc today (she never discussed it...ever) she said "oh Benefiber, that's my favorite"
With respect to the weight issue I normally have no issues putting on weight either before of after a flare. I will say this, the increase in sugar intake in order to gain some weight is no good...my digestive system lets me know that every time I eat it.
I'm hoping the sprue test she suggested comes back positive...that would be a blessing. I asked her about
small bowel overgrowth and she said seemed to not think it was meeting the symptoms I have. I travel quite a distance to see this doc and specifically because she is at a teaching facility where those that cannot find help can go...I guess everyone can go just not me : (
Oh boy, just when I thought I was turning the corner (heck, maybe I am?) makes me think of that famous line in Godfather III
"Just when I think I'm out...they pull me back in"
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 5X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70%
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : ( I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
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