Exerpts from http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec09/ch126/ch126c.html..."Toxic colitis, a particularly severe complication, involves damage to the entire thickness of the intestinal wall. The damage causes ileus—a condition in which the normal contractile movements of the intestinal wall temporarily stop—so that the intestinal contents are not propelled along their way. Abdominal expansion (distention) develops. As toxic colitis worsens, the large intestine loses muscle tone, and within days—or even hours—it starts to dilate. X-rays of the abdomen show gas inside the paralyzed sections of intestine.
Toxic megacolon occurs when the large intestine greatly expands (distends). The person is severely ill and may have a high fever. The person also has pain and tenderness in the abdomen and a high white blood cell count. If the intestine ruptures, the risk of death is great. However, of the people who receive prompt treatment before rupture occurs, fewer than 2% die."
I would think that if one is pooping it's a good thing....even if it is with diarrhea. But if the abdomen continues to get bigger and more painful, that might be cause for concern asap.
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Ranitidine; Effexor XR 37.5mg (depression), Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 2000 IU
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 9/19/2010 2:58:25 AM (GMT-6)