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Problem with going to the bathroom
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bstoiber posted:
I have had UC for about 4 years and have been on this board on and off throughout that time. Seems that when things go down hill this is my first stop. Even before my doctor since it is so hard to get an appointment with him. Anyways, I have run across something totally new to me and wanted to see what you thought since a few have a lot more experience (Trudy and CalGal specifically). So, since we deal with the icky stuff on a normal basis I feel comfortable saying this, but sorry for those of you who don't like to hear it. I have not had a real BM in 6 days. Tomorrow will be 1 full week. If you imagine those small bouncy balls we played with as a kid (about a nickle to quarter in size), I have passed about 1-2 stools that size a day at the most. 2 days nothing at all. I am not really in any kind of pain, I just feel like I have to go to the bathroom every hour or 2 and when I do, there is just gas. I strain to even get 1-2 stools that size out. I am eating normally (as normal as I have been for the past 4 years). My diet hasn't changed, I am under a lot of stess at work, but have been for the past 6 months with the economy being the way it has. So I don't think diet or stress is the cause. I have been weighing myself and I have gained a pound or two but I have also been working out a lot in the past 2 months. I cycle 20-30 miles a day 3-4 times a week. I have noticed a build up of muscle in my legs and abs which is expected and I have done so for the past 6 years since I started riding seriously. So the weight gain could just be the difference in that. First off, I am at a total loss for where this food is going, if not out the normal way as well as why I can't seem to have a normal BM (as normal as can be expected). I haven't had many problems specifically attributed to the UC since I am not in the middle of a flair up so I am left wondering. I have an appointment with my GI Doc next Wednesday but I don't want to go 12 days without having a real BM. I haven't tried a laxative because I don't know how I will react to that. I have only used them twice (before my 2 colonoscopies). So, any thoughts? Could there be a blockage somewhere maybe?
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cook1958 responded:
Before I was DX'd I took a trip to Germany.........9 days no BM. I was horrified....and I didn't feel great either. Try fiber pills and any thing else that has help loosen stools in the past. UC can cause both diaharrea. and constipation. Good luck!
 
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rednewbie responded:
My daughter takes meds that cause constipation and she uses stool softeners and at time a glycerin suppository. She (who is 15) says between the two it helps ... The best thing for relief is dulculax. Usually within 12 hrs she feels fine, and with only 2 dulculax she says its just easier to go, she did not get diarrhea. Good Luck.. Please note if you have a fever or start throwing up, go to the ER. Always better to be cautious.. Gin
 
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cleandatup responded:
I'm going through the same thing now. I'm not in a lot of discomfort but my belly is bloating a little and I keep feeling as though I have to go. I took stool softners last night and nothing yet. Going to take more here in a few. I would love a happy medium. I'm sure we all would.
 
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arbob2 responded:
While it may not sound "comfortable" to you, if you still dont have a BM by the time you see your doctor, that might be a good thing. He can better DX you at that time than if you have a few days of "normal" BM's. I've was DX'd with UC last fall, but have had diarrhea for 10 months. I don't know what constipation is these days. I'd almost like to know what it feels like compared to the cramps from the diarrhea. I will say tho that the meds I'm on now have helped and I'm hopefully on my way to a remission. Small flares here and there, but nothing earth shattering. But with this disease, don't we just wake up and kind of wonder if today will be the day when it will start all over again? I know I do. Maybe that's because this past 7 weeks have been OK, and hopefully it will keep getting better. At any rate, If you don't feel abnormally uncomfortable, I would again say maybe not having a healthy BM for awhile will assist your Dr. Have a great weekend. Hang in there. We all have to do that, but it's easier for some than it is for others. Happy Memorial Day.
 
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bstoiber responded:
Thanks for all your thoughts. I haven't taken a stool softener or anything. I just wanted to make sure that I am not the only one that has ever experienced this. I have always had the other end of the spectrum being in the bathroom every hour or 2 with diarrhea, not constipation. lol. I do agree with you about how every morning I wake up and wonder how today is going to be. Good day? Bad day? I would just settle for everyday being an in between day and not have to wonder.
 
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LisaLisa1225 responded:
OMG! I thought I was the only one with this problem. I was dx with Crohn's march 08. It is in my stomche and duoduem. A few weeks ago I had an attck on my left side to which was new pain for me, the GI thougfhts so too. He sent me to the ER for a evaluation and get a CT and obstructive series. He felt i was impacted with stool and before it can obstruct he wanted the test done. Here I thought I was going to the bathroom ok. Well to my surprise, I wasnt and the CT showed that i was full of stool. So much that my small and large intestines were full of stool. OUCH! I was told to do a tap water enema drink a bottle of citrate and if no relief do another enema. Well the first enema did the job along with a half bottle of citrate. Now what i do is drink prune juice. Also, since fiber was a big problem for me at one time, i'm slowly taking it again. Like an apple a day along with a 1/2 cup of prune juice. I am happy to say I am back to normal. Thank God. The feeling i was going through wasnt fun at all. Also i started to take Benefiber chewable tabs. My GI said he rather i find a food to help me before turning to any meds. So like i said the prune juice works for me. Try it, it not the greatest tasting thing in the world but its natural and safe. Good Luck.


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