WHY OCCASIONAL NARROW STOOLS?

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UniG
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone tell me why some of my bms are normal and then others are narrow and rope like?

I'm thinking I don't need to worry since they are not consistently skinny -right?
40 yr. female
Diagnosed Jan 2008 ulcerative proctitis 9" of lower colon.
Last sigmoidoscopy Jan 2009, 17" inflammation of lower colon.
Naturals: probiotics, ground flax, salmon oil, Glutagenics, Aloe Vera juice, mega vitamin supplements, Curcumin and a Vegan diet.
Pharma: Salofalk enema and oral
My brother had UC and ended up with an illiostomy after years of struggle.


subdued
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My BMs aren't as well-formed when I drink decaf coffee, especially when I don't have any food in my system. I know I need to stop drinking it...

Perhaps, your colon is responding to certain foods. Keep a food diary to see if the occasional narrow stools are in reaction to certain foods in your diet.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Joylu
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   Posted 5/21/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
many of us don't have formed stoll at all.
 
Mine are tiny little worms. (ugh graphic)
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks
 Doc now has me on prescription Pepcid, and Questran. Just started that 05/15, so will wait and see.
Urgency is still my biggest problem, and extreme gas.  Blood is now gone.


pb4
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   Posted 5/21/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
UniG, I know what you mean and it's very frustrating when it happens, there are times when I'll have a nice and fairly normal sized stool come out and then these skinny narrow ones follow all in the same "sitting", weirds me out for sure...must just be the nature of the beast.

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


quincy
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   Posted 5/21/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably from a narrowed rectum/anal opening caused by inflammation, stress, IBS...all of which can cause pencil/ribbon stools. If one's inflammation/UC/IBS affects higher/above the rectum, diarrhea would be a symptom, not a more formed stool.

If it's related to a UC flare, rectal meds will help.

Make sure you're eating enough and taking in enough fluids, and fibre supplements will help to keep the stool at least softer/ bulkier making it easier to pass through an inflamed/constricted butt.

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


suebear
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely caused by inflammation.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


princesa
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Also colon spasms and/or hemmies flaring up.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


UniG
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   Posted 5/22/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much for all of your responses . Sometimes I think I know a lot about this disease and then I realize I don't...
Now that I'm thinking along the lines of inflammation a food diary is a good idea. Perhaps if I can figure out what foods trigger skinny poo then maybe, just maybe i f can figure out how to get in remission....

Uni-g
40 yrs.
Diagnosed Jan 2008 ulcerative proctitis 9" of lower colon.
Last sigmoidoscopy Jan 2009, 17" inflammation of lower colon.
Naturals: probiotics, ground flax, salmon oil, Glutagenics, Aloe Vera juice, mega vitamin supplements, Curcumin and a Vegan diet.
Pharma: Salofalk enema and oral
My brother had UC and ended up with an illiostomy after years of struggle.


Peety
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   Posted 5/22/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine are "ropey" I think because I avoid fiber. I'll have to see what happens with a little fiber now that I'm on Remicade.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


quincy
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   Posted 5/22/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
foods won't trigger skinny poos.....the fact that you're flaring is what's the problem.
 
The rectum is the last part to heal, and it will heal in a fashion opposite of a flare.
 
Constipation is a symptom of flaring as well...just not recognised....
 
Since you are getting enough fibre, maybe considering a stool softener will help....make sure you are taking in enough food altogether...eat more often during the day as well as fluids.
 
The Salfoalk enema....give it time.
 
q


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Scarlet504
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Total Posts : 192
   Posted 5/22/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I was newly diagnosed with internal hemmies and since then, I experience narrow stools too (and burning butt, but that is another story). So hemmies are definitely one of the many answers to why you can have ribbon-style stool.
Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Meds
6 x Asacol a day
75 50 mg 6-MP
Align (probiotic)
Flintstones Complete Vitamins

pb4
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my sisters has IBS only (I have CD and IBS) and she really notices when she eats things she shouldn't (fried foods, greasy foods too much coffee and sugar) she gets skinny poops until she straightens her diet out again.

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


quincy
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   Posted 5/23/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
True with IBS...not enough bulk/fibre can cause a slower moving bowel and "wimpy" stools. That in effect for me could cause stress mentally in not having a good bm.

Does your sis take fibre supplements as well pb?
q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


meandmycolon
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Total Posts : 20
   Posted 5/23/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Quincy. how is constipation a sign of a flare?? Just curious.
Lynn
colitis x7yrs. on asacol, canasa suppository, imuran, fish oil, prozac, vitamin, metamucil.
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