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kickboxer
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Im not flaring at the moment but i am still going to the bathroom between 2-5 times a day to pass stool. There is no urgency or pain. The stools are formed but instead of one its like 10 small thin pieces. Maybe 1 inch in diameter and about 4 inches long, each piece. Just wondering what might be causing this? Is it maybe because my colon is still healing? I finished a course of pred about a month ago for a flare.
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suebear
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thin stools are a sign of inflammation.

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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
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kb5
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
They can also be a sign of strictures. Usually you won't have strictures unless you have had UC for a long time. It's scarring that narrows the colon and causes thinner stools. I have pretty bad strictures and never have a stool bigger than you are describing.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 15 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
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Old Hat
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   Posted 10/8/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you been prescribed a maintenance med? (Since you finished your Pred course a month ago.) The usual UC maintenance meds are 5-ASAs, oral and/or rectal. If your doctor did not prescribe any, you should get in touch right away to inquire about them-- because your UC is likely to flare again in the absence of medication. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 5 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon; should be back in remission again soon)

kickboxer
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   Posted 10/8/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I go back to the gi on tuesday, it will be the first time i see him since i finished this last course of prednisone.. Last year i was using salofalk, 3 in the morning 3 at lunch and 3 at night.. I discontinued those with permission from my g.i because i went into a flare and didnt feel that they were working for me. I am going to ask him about lialda when i see him on tuesday.. I dont know too much about it but i do know that i will only have to take it once in the morning which makes it much easier to comply than 3 times a day. Is anyone else on lialda??
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/8/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Like others said, it sounds like inflammation. As your GI about rectal meds as well - canasa or rowasa - to help relieve the inflammation at the source.
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UCreallySUCKS
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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it's a sign of inflammation.  If you think about the colon being inflamed in 3D, you'd picture that the inside will get narrower the more the colon becomes inflamed.  That's one thing I check every time I have a bm.  They're almost always narrower than they should be, which tells me my colon is still inflamed.  It's a good way to check without another test, which is the last thing any of us want.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
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princesa
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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hemmorhoids can also cause narrow stools.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
No explanation for right side pain and thickening of bowel wall
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 

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