gross ?s about size/quantity - clogging the toilet

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   Posted 2/18/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about the yuckiness...

Thankfully my flare is over (it was bad enough that I was hospitalized 10 days and took prednisone 6 months). Even after the worst of the flare was over I still had loose stools for months. So when it was loose and/or frequent I really don't know how much I was passing overall.

Recently my movements have solidified, I wonder if that was a due to natural healing cycle or if it was due to going off Asacol and Canasa? Anyway, now that I have poop that has form I am surprised by both the quantity and size of what I'm passing. Not just surprised, but inconvenienced by regularly clogging my toilet. I'd be even more embarassed if I had housemates but I live alone. I don't remember having so much bulky stool or such wide stool ever before. I'm not a huge person, about 5'2" and 125 pounds. Maybe even before UC diagnosis I was usually at least slightly inflamed which kept colon narrow and poop narrow???

Right now I typically have one movement per day in the morning which comes out all in one big piece, sometimes leaving me feel a little sore. Sometimes I have 2 movements a day, and sometimes I skip a day - but that is my whole range right now, from once every other day at scarcest to twice a day at the most. The majority is exactly once a day. Even on days that I go twice, it still seems a big quantity each time. I'm not complaining about the frequency but wondering where so much quantity and width come from and/or if I should do anything about it?

Does it mean I'm eating more than I used to (maybe a little but I don't think a ton more)? Or that my body isn't making good use of the food so there is a lot of waste? Should what I eat make a difference in size/quantity of waste? What makes it so fat/wide? I don't think my stool is actually hard and doubt a stool softener would necessarily affect the width part (which seems to be the factor making me have to unclog the toilet and sometimes be sore)? Seems I can't quite get it right - either bloody runny stuff a zillion times a day or big clogging mass that hurts a bit going out. I want a middle ground!

Anyone else have these problems? Thanks for any comments or ideas, I don't have other people I'd feel comfortable discussing this with...
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- glad to be off prednisone (was on April thru Sept)
- just got off asacol (was taking 12 pills a day) and canasa
- the only Rx I'm currently taking is 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg
- VSL#3, fiber supplements, multivitamin, B vitamin tablets, chlorella, fish oil, biotin, occasional B12 shots

Post Edited (piper_chris) : 2/18/2009 9:10:04 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I don't usually post here but your subject caught my eye (lol). I have this same problem. I have a nasty spinal lesion that has messed with my motility. I have a very slow colon. I have to take bulk fiber to get water to that region or things don't move at all for me. I was told that the fiber supplements especially psyllium causes stool to be larger. I read in your signature that you are on fiber supplements. I really don't know anything about ulcerative colitis (sorry!). I just thought I would throw in my two cents worth on the fiber. I know that when I started taking it, it really helped with my bowel movements but they were very much larger. I also regularly clog the toilet. It is a bit of a family joke. I have boys, they think it is hilarious. Sigh!!

I am glad to read that you are feeling better. Wow ten days in the hospital!!! That is a long time....I am such a terrible patient!!!
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