Does anyone suffer from constipation when UC is not active?

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Shelliesv
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   Posted 5/8/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Now that I'm going into remission I can't go once a day and the inflammation is still present so the stool
sits there and I have terrible abdominal cramps! I was taking Miralax and don't want to take that forever. Fiber
supplements have worked in the past, but now they are just giving me more pain. I'm wondering if milk of magnesia tablets
are okay to take without dependence or aggravating the uc?
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09. Hospitalized 2nd time for same flare 4/17 - 4/22

Current Meds: Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 20mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

Had FIRST Remicade infusion in the hospital 4/22/09, 2nd infusion 5/7/09 (I think the first infusion put me in remission!)


Red_34
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   Posted 5/9/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you drinking enough water? You have to remember with fiber supplements you need to up your fluid intake. But yes, I've had constipation and I still go thru it on occasion but luckily it's not that bad and not that often. If you are having bad cramping then you can ask your doc about an anti spasmodic. I've had to rely on Miralax a couple to of times too but I found that if I drink ALOT of water, that I don't seem to have this issue anymore.
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Shelliesv
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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
Are you drinking enough water? You have to remember with fiber supplements you need to up your fluid intake. But yes, I've had constipation and I still go thru it on occasion but luckily it's not that bad and not that often. If you are having bad cramping then you can ask your doc about an anti spasmodic. I've had to rely on Miralax a couple to of times too but I found that if I drink ALOT of water, that I don't seem to have this issue anymore.


I really don't drink enough water. I think I'll make a dedicated effort to drink alot and see if that helps! Thanks!
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09. Hospitalized 2nd time for same flare 4/17 - 4/22

Current Meds: Remicade, Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 10mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

Had 1st Remicade infusion in the hospital 4/22/09, 2nd infusion 5/7/09 (I think the first infusion put me in remission!)


quincy
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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...definitely make sure you're drinking enough fluids throughout the day....keep up the fibre supplements. What are you using.

Now, your meds....what exactly are you on at this time?

With low in the rectum inflammation, constipation is a symptoms....you have a bit of ways to go, so hopefully, you're still on rectal meds.

I would also suggest you eat enough foods, maybe consider digestive enzymes when you eat and possibly a stool softener just while the lower part of the rectum in healing.

It's great you're on the way to healing this flare.....it's all part of the process, which basically can suck with different symptoms and more discomfort.

I agree with Red and the suggestion of dicyclomine to help with some of the spasming.

Some foods can increase your symptoms of gas and discomfort....increase salad and some fruit intake that will help soften the stool....I find bananas give me incredible gas, and if I have them...it's late in the evening.

What do you drink for fluids during the day?

quincy
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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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