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   Posted 4/9/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
     Didn't quite know how to name the subject topic here, but this is the question.  Anyone out there have a lot of bowel movements per day even while in remission?  Not diarrhea, just regular, normal looking bm's.  I usually just have one or two bowel movements per day but today I already went six times!  They are normal though, no blood, no diarrhea....hard to believe my colon could actually contain this much poop!  Right now my rectum is sore from pooping so much but I feel good!  Probably all toxins are out of my body.  I do take a probiotic twice a day.  Wonder if this has anything to do with it.  I would say this happens to me about once a week or so.  I did eat a buffet last night at the casino.  But I never overeat.  Had a few shrimp, small salad, small steak with half a baked potato, green beans.  Dessert was about half a cup of light ice cream and low calorie peach cobbler.  Maybe something in the peach cobbler?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be suspicious that the peach cobbler had an artifical sweetner in it if it was low calorie. So yeah, maybe that's causing some extra BMs. Honestly, I don't care if I poop a lot of times each day, so long as it's not urgent! Before UC, I would have up to three a day, depending on how much fiber I had. And during summer, when I have unlimited access to fresh berries at work, I usually poop a whole lot! :)
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg 10mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Chrinstine that's pretty much how I am...haven't had D for the most part in ages but the frequency and urgency are still my main issues, I have solid normal looking BM's for the most part and haven't had blood in a long time either....chalk it up to a different degree of flaring but if going that often in a day is not normal for you (regardless of the consistancy of your stool formation) you're still flaring.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
fruitgirl said...
 Honestly, I don't care if I poop a lot of times each day, so long as it's not urgent!
Amen to that fruitgirl .   I wouldn't care how often I went to the bathroom,as long as I didn't have to run to get there.  Urgency has always been my biggest problem.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
Blood is a bigger problem for me than D.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am somewhat in remission. But sometimes I go more than 4 times a day with a total 'output' of more than 5 feet, LOL.
It's like 12+ well-formed stools at 5 inches or longer on a single day.
I told my doctor about it and she just smiled.
And I do have urgency occasionally too.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 3/day, Entocort enema (tapering).
Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsules (Metamucil).

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   Posted 4/9/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I gotta ask, if you're pooping that much what all are you eating and how much?

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Ya justhinkin, you'd think that the more you eat the more you poop, and in general it may be like that but with an IBD it's a crazy world, you can eat just a little everyday and still somehow manage to poop alot or at least what seems like a lot, sometimes we go to the can many times a day but only a small amount comes out each time...messed up eh.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 4/10/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Even while in remission (or darn close), I have an occasional day with lots of BMs. Like you, it's about once a week, averaging 4-5 times, and they're all well-formed and otherwise normal. It just seems like every so often my body flushes everything out. (This is especially common right at the start of my period, or when I first get home after a trip.)

It's happened to me for years, well before diagnosis.
41, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008. Still flaring? Not sure.
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories (tapering) and 1 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories (tapering) and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg (off as of 3/20/09), and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety (clonazepam as needed)
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Had some success with acupuncture
Osteopenia and other assorted ailments

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   Posted 4/10/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, that's my husband's bowel habits, and he's very healthy! He just has a day every week or so where he goes and goes...and it's not because he just ate big or anything like that.

So that's probably OK, healthy.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade. 

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