bad constipation...gas 24/7

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JrNYC
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   Posted 12/1/2007 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank god my girlfriend laughs at my gas because it has been non-stop for days and I havent gone to the bathroom in 3 days. This has been the normal for the past month. I stopped taking asacol in the beginning of the summer and there was no change, I pretty much felt the same which was manageable. But now I cant go at all... its killing me!!! and the gas (not to be gross) smells horrible. I started taking asacol again, Anyone have any ideas on a way to relieve the constipation.
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princesa
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   Posted 12/1/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
It's not a good idea to stop taking your medication, particularly if you haven't discussed your decision with your doctor. Just because you don't feel or notice a difference doesn't necessarily mean the meds aren't helping to keep inflammation under control. If you think Asacol wasn't helping you, there are other ASA meds you could try.
 
As you know three days without a bowel movement is not normal. Are you drinking plenty of fluids? Getting plenty of fiber? Have you tried a fiber supplement? What's your diet like?
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JrNYC
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   Posted 12/1/2007 5:41 PM (GMT 0)   
Honestly I was feeling so good that I was eating everything in site... going out to eat a lot, drinking beers, just having a good time. I guess it was nice to escape from reality for a little while but I guess it caught up to me. Im just not good at getting a diet together.
I miss the waves... I miss the trails... I miss the snowy mountains and the rock walls I used to scale... I miss being on stage and escaping from reality... I miss feeling healthy... I miss feeling sane. I pray every day for one day out of seven just to feel invincible. That day will come. Thank you all for being here... in this small corner of the internet universe, you've been so much help... hope i've been the same.

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tjf
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   Posted 12/1/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I went 8 days w/ no bm once...it was bad. I suggest drinking tons of water & taking a fiber supplement. I also ate prunes (not that bad!). I finally had to get the okay for a laxative.

Also I quit my meds cold turkey once. It throws the body for a loop. Make sure you always taper.
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princesa
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   Posted 12/1/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
JrNYC said...
Honestly I was feeling so good that I was eating everything in site... going out to eat a lot, drinking beers, just having a good time. I guess it was nice to escape from reality for a little while but I guess it caught up to me.
I understand. We've probably all been there... you're feeling better, you just want to eat "normal" stuff like everyone else... and perhaps, at first, things don't seem to bother you really go crazy and you end up paying the price. It's a hard lesson to learn.
 
Maintaining a healthy diet, getting rest and exercise, avoiding alcohol are all things that can help you, but you have to decide if you're willing to make the commitment.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 12/2/2007 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll go out on a limb her because most wouldn't even consider this because it's not the "norm" symptoms many recognise....but I would say that you're starting to have rectal inflammation....low and mild...You could consider to start rectal meds....and if you've never been on them, definitely think about starting.

I do agree with upping the fibre intake....

I also suggest you take a good probiotic.


quincy


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
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   Posted 12/2/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Several years ago, I stopped taking my Asacol and I didn't notice any change for about 6 months. Then all heck broke loose, I was thrown into a major flare and found out that my Uc had spread from sigmoiditis to left sided with inflammation to the top of the left side of the colon (forgot what this called). The flare started out mild and then one day I woke up with extreme pain, D and blood. So, even if you stop your meds and feeling fine, doesn't mean that something is not brewing in there. But there is also a benefit of staying on a 5-ASA is that it helps reduce the chance of colon cancer.

Now my flares, range in symptoms really but the main symptom now is constipation. I never had that in the past but I found that if I drink plenty of water, use my rectal meds that things get better. Or if I am not having symptoms other then constipation, I sometimes use Miralax to help things along.
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