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08-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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OMG Constipation

I'm not used to this as I get diarrhea everyday, but I've been on this carafate suspension for ulcers for a little over a week now and I can't go to the bathroom worth a damn. I get a pill sized nugget once a day with wicked straining, and I have pain on my left side, front right, and my stomach feels like is has all kinds of pressure on it. I haven't eaten yet today so I'm definitely not full! I left a message with the GI, but this is killing me. I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to do a prep to get it all out, but I guess I might have to? ugh.
08-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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I get backed up when I take certain meds too, even though I also usually tend to have diarrhea. It's not fun, I feel for you! I take stool softeners and those work pretty well for me. They're gentler on the system than laxatives (I tend to just get cramping and watery d if I take laxatives). When I get constipated, I take 2 stool softeners every 12 hours until things start moving again. It sounds like you need to go pretty urgently though, so you're right to call your doctor. I hope you don't have to do prep, but I do hope you find a workable solution. Feel better soon!
08-10-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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The nurse practitioner called me back and kind of blew it off telling me to wait it out until my colonoscopy at the end of the month. She did say I could take miralax if I wanted which will probably happen tonight. I imagine that'll move stuff along. I've never had miralax before.
08-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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lactulose!! I get constipated all the time and I've tried lots of different laxatives but lactulose is natural (osmotic) and tastes ok and is VERY effective.

NB don't take 9 teaspoons in one go because you'll get very bad diarrhoea... or take it but stay in the house until you stop going!
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08-10-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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Thanks Hannah! I don't plan on going anywhere tonight once I get home from work
08-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #6
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Lol that's good. I'd say if it's been a day or two since you've been, try maybe 6 teaspoons full of it. But not 9. You'll be very ill after 9..... I nearly pooped myself at the garden centre

Laxative fail.
08-10-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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Hannah, I didn't find the lactulose so I went with the miralax. This is the first time I've ever taken it and wow, it's the best laxative I've ever had to drink before. Granted, it was two capfuls instead of the ~15 that have to be taken for colonoscopy prep, but I can already see it'll be way easier than the magnesium citrate prep I did once.

Cross your fingers this all goes tonight!!
08-10-2011, 04:21 PM   #8
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Hey Carrie, I love the title of this thread lol

Sometimes I get crazy backed up to, with just little poops and pain all over :S Are you on any new meds, or taking any new supplements? I take senokot, when I get C.. It's both a laxative, AND a stool softener.

Good luck with the pooping! :P Don't strain too hard!
08-10-2011, 07:32 PM   #9
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Hi Ben! I'm pretty sure its the carafate that's doing it. Like 99.9% sure. It just hurts, lol! I have two masses that I can feel. My body started gurgling again about an hour after I took the miralax. It took me a few days to notice the silence, but their familiar sound is back. hopefully I'll poop soon
08-10-2011, 10:20 PM   #10
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I tried to go to sleep, but my body is being too loud with the gurgling! It's like a party in there that I wasn't invited to. Not too many of the partygoers have decided to vacate the premises, but we did have a few take their leave.
08-10-2011, 11:36 PM   #11
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Make sure and drink lots, and lots, It might help the party goers evacuate the premises!!
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I get awful constipation with my Tramadol. I'm the same way as you Carrie, normally its D all the way! What I do to help it is take stool softeners, specifically doculose. I take the max dose with a big glass of water, because the way it works is it adds more water to the stool (so it needs some liquid to do that :P).

Miralax is good too! Its stronger that the stool softeners that I take, but it is very effective.

Constpation can be so annoying! I would rather have D just because I don't have to worry about being blocked up. :P
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I'm surprised I don't get more constipation with the tramadol! I guess my body is just used to it or something. Things have started moving, but darn its slow. I hope I don't need to take more tonight. That's what I need... to stink up the bathroom on a 5 hour flight! (tomorrow)
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I've been taking Tramadol regularly for almost a year now, and it still stops me up! One thing I'm going to bring up to my doctor is seeing if I can get a new pain med that works maybe a little better (it doesn't get all the pain anymore, too severe) and that doesn't cause the constipation. It makes for a rollercoaster of BM types!
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My doctor won't give me anything else for the pain. All the tramadol does is blunt things. They might want to try you on an anti-depressant since that's usually the next move after tramadol if not opiates. -- I just looked at your meds again and saw you're already on an anti-depressant. I'm not sure what else there is. muscle relaxants?

I just got a coffee frappucino at $B. I never have coffee because it helps things move along, but I think today its ok!
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Caffiene is one of my trigger foods too...I actually drink a cup of hot coffee in the morning on an empty stomach sometimes to get things moving! I'm also allergic to caffiene to begin with. LOVE Starbucks though...sooo good.

Yeah I have been on antidepressants for awhile, first amitryptiline, then nor. the nor helped the pain at first, but not anymore..my GI didn't even refill it during my last appointment, so I'm off of it starting Saturday...still don't know how it will effect things. Most GI's/Doctors wont prescribe pain meds; my GI said no more tramadol at first, then after a few months of seeing my issues and symptoms he represcribed it. I have seen a lot of crohn's patients on higher meds, like perocet and codiene. I have been on both in the past, and percocet did really well with my system. I'm just waiting for my pill cam results, and if I'm finally diagnosed, I will be asking my GI from a new perspective...they are likely to help you out when they know exactly whats going on! Of course, once this is all under control, pain meds wont be needed as much.
08-11-2011, 08:54 AM   #17
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I get my tramadol from my rheumy. I used to get it from my GP, but my rheumy upped the dosage. She just prescribed me a muscle relaxant last month, but it doesn't seem to work real well for me. It's a medicine I'm not familiar with, I used to use flexeril but this is something new I guess.
08-11-2011, 12:19 PM   #18
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Hey Carrie, how are you feeling now? Did you manage to evacuate the premises? I think all the laxatives being referred to are American Brand names but I hope you found something that works for you - we have Laxido in the UK and that's a goodun too, encourages water into the bowel and mixes to clear water and tastes like yummy orange. Mmmm
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Hannah: MMMM miralax :P I'm drinking more now. I had a few small bms since I drank it yesterday, but things just aren't moving enough. hopefully this double dose I'm drinking now will do the trick!
the miralax doens't have any flavor, but it makes the drink slimy. I have it in an orange sobe drink right now.
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crazytimes are now occurring. too bad I'm at work!
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Hahaha see I knew that would happen! I hope it's not as bad as me at the garden centre - enjoy the relief!
08-11-2011, 02:51 PM   #22
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Pooped yet?
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yeah although it's not done and now my butt burns!! (unsurprising but still stinks ) I can't wait to go home.
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Hahah, feels good though doesn't it? Get some sudecreme on it.
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I have A&D ointment at home, I can't wait to put it on, haha!
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when i would not be able to go to the bathroom i would use metamucil fiber waffers it worked for me when i used them i would have to use them like after surgery and before i started really getting sick 2 months ago i have them still just in caue i need them
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Carrie, I always carry butt cream with me! I prefer Calmoseptine, lovely stuff. I have it at home, in my purse, and in my gym bag. Glad to hear you're going again but it sounds like you're going too much now. It seems like we always have to deal with the extreme ends of the spectrum - why can't our meds work just perfectly so that we can have nice normal poos? Not fair.
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Orange Sobe...I'm sorry if this sounds silly (I've been out of the US for a year now) but is that carbonated? I tried adding miralax to a coke the first time I tried it...BAD IDEA! lol you can't taste it or feel it at all in gatorade or fruit juices. You were brave with that double dose! :P

Leah, fiber can be a good way to clean you out, but if it is crohns those fiber wafers can actually do more harm that good! Fiber usually makes pain worse with crohns. I've also seen people get blocked up with taking metamucil and other fiber supplements because without enough liquid in your intestines it can turn to a cement like substance and cause a blockage! So you have to be careful with that stuff. If I think fiber will help (which it doesn't in my case, it just makes my stomach hurt a lot) I would try something with fiber in it naturally instead of a supplement.


I'm glad you are starting to feel better Carrie!
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Carrie, I always carry butt cream with me! I prefer Calmoseptine, lovely stuff. I have it at home, in my purse, and in my gym bag. Glad to hear you're going again but it sounds like you're going too much now. It seems like we always have to deal with the extreme ends of the spectrum - why can't our meds work just perfectly so that we can have nice normal poos? Not fair.
That is so true! I go through the rollercoaster as well.. 8-12 watery D as a symptom, nothing for days because of tramadol, then 8 - 12 watery D because of stool softener and water/symptom. Insane!

The thing I really hate is when my Dr. when I was hospitalized told me the tramadol's constipation effects were causing my symptoms. No...I actually like not having the D for 8 hours or so. :P
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well, it stopped again! I still gurgle so it's moving along.

Cat, I'm leaving on a business trip tomorrow, and I just realized my A&D is a huge tube! I guess I'm going to the drugstore tonight. It would be nice to have a normal poo, but at least I'm familiar with the current state of things.

Allie, orange sobe is one of those flavored water things, not fizzy. Talk about brave, I wouldn't have tried to put it in coke I feel fairly confident that I won't be constipated by tomorrow, yay!
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