Article: Look before you flush to monitor digestive health

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 5/13/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Good info :)
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Sara14
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
"A healthy stool should be toothpaste like.." lHmmm...I guess it's a good analogy but that line kind of grossed me out. Anyway, thanks for posting. I definitely do always look before I flush since having UC!
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kops2da
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Couldn't get it to work!  Sounds interesting!

 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I never look! There are some things I'd rather not see/know. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

basa0806
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
kops- I had to copy and paste the link into my address bar for it to work.

I HATE when my stools are 'toothpaste' like! I find they are much more work to clean up after LOL. I prefer them a little 'drier' tongue
Its funny how none of this gross stuff phases me anymore. Stools/d/cramps/urgency are part of my daily vocabulary!
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I was kind of stupid and started taking the colazal two days before finals week started, so I went back to asacol for the week and will go back to Colazal starting 5/9. Shame on me!!
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pb4
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   Posted 5/14/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I would think toothpaste would be too soft for a healthy poop..the ones I get usually are solid enough (but not too hard/constipated-like) that when I wipe there usually isn't even any residue (poop stains) on the TP.

I'd think most IBDers/IBSers are prone to checking every poop they drop, especially for the hopes of seeing a normal one when it's been a long time...nothing like seeing a normal looking poop to put a smile on an IBDers face.

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


Got2Believe
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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
This is one of the best ways to monitor your UC. Anyone with digestive issues should do this b/c it tells a great deal.
Another tip is always flush.lol. even if you think nothing came out b/c once i was at my cousings and thought I just had a false alarm when my cousins 5yo comes in saying mom someones bleeding so I ran to the restroom and sure enough a tiny spot of blood.

kops2da
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Old Hat - good for you - luck you don't HAVE to look.  I have to be sure what is coming out to tell my doctor/NP.  I always hope for no blood, little mucous, etc.  ElaineNY

 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 5/14/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I can tell if anything major is wrong w/o looking. My gastro asks how many bms daily & are they formed & we proceed from there. As THEREAREMIRACLES pointed out a while back, the bms of people before IBD tend to be large turds like horse poop, but with IBD they get smaller & narrower & look pathetic in comparison to "normal" output. I remember a 2nd grade classmate entering a toilet stall in the girls' restroom at school & yelling: "Hey, someone left BRAIDS in here!" (They didn't flush.) That's what regular bms look like, not smooth like toothpaste. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

pb4
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   Posted 5/15/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I can tell pretty much what's going on too without looking but I'm so used to looking after almost 2 decades so it's as natural as breathing now...before IBD I wouldn't say I had large horse-turds, just nice sausage-shaped ones and besides I still get some nice looking poops that I bcome very proud of, even makes my day, gives me something to smile about LOL!

Besides, you're turning back there to wipe anyways, mine as well catch a glimps cuz you never know when there might be something like blood that you don't expect to see that one time.

Once you get sick with an IBD you automatically become inspector poo.

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


kops2da
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   Posted 5/15/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Right now - for weeks - if I did not look and see blood/mucous on the BM I would think all is normal.  So - I NEED to look.  If I could ignore looking and seeing blood I would be fine - oh well!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Probiotic
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
When mine is like toothpaste, I am flaring to some degree. When pain free or in remission/semi-remission they are formed turds and the best are the "clean break" without having to waste a lot of TP cleaning up. It cracks me up how some of these alternative health gurus preach as if semi-diarhea is healthy and normal. I suppose a normie who would eat a super fibrous veggie diet every day and constantly "colon cleanse" would indeed have lots of "toothpaste" pooh.


Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering pred again, maybe surgery this year
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/15/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't really ever remember my poo being really firm. And my husband says his isn't, either. We both eat a really high-fiber diet and I drink a LOT (at least a half gallon a day at the very minimum) of water. As long as I'm going three times a day or less, have no urgency, and have fairly formed poo, I would consider myself to be in remission.
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, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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