Is this crohns?

Just what is crohn's? I have had extremely impacted bowels, twice in the past year. Do not know what causes them. A weeks dose of miralax, corectal pills, and ememas with little results. contemplating going back to er. No insurance, Pain is extremely bad, have lortabs, but fear they may be part of the problem. Any suggestions out there?

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Is this Crohn's? NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Crohn's disease is a extremely chronic and life-impacting disease. It affects people very differently in terms of how much it impacts their lives and the amount of pain and discomfort experienced.

Your gastrointestinal tract processes all of the food that you eat and it importantly, absorbs all nutrients and then gets rid of the left-over waste.

When you have Crohn's disease, your immune system turns in on itself and starts to attack all your healthy cells within the gastrointestinal tract and this becomes inflamed as a result.

It most commonly affects a part of the small intestine which is called the ileum, but in actual found Crohn's disease can affect any part of this tract - starting from the mouth and down to your anus.

Crohn's disease is a chronic condition, which means you have it for life. However, sometimes your disease may be in remission, with no symptoms at all.

Flare-ups can be caused by:

Stress
Cigarettes
Food

But as their is no actual cure yet for Crohn's, it's all about managing it so that you get some respite from any pain and can continue to have as good a life as possible.

The important thing is to try to understand it, accept it, and to work out a way to manage it. Equally important however is asking for medical assistance as you would need regular medication to help keep it under control, although it may take a while to find the right medication for you.

Its' important to persevere and to push for help if you need it.

I hope this helps?

Best wishes,

Annette



It might be Crohns
by: Anonymous

It could be Crohn's. Most people have diarrea but I've had Crohn's for 15 years and I've taken mineral oil and Miralax to keep me going. I don't know why but my symptoms seemed to be the opposite of most

Impacted Bowels
by: Anonymous

Yes, there is a pill called Amitiza and it puts fluid in the bowels and softens the stools. Also, you have to drink "A LOT" of water. Most of us are walking around dehydrated and don't even know it. Skip bread, cheese, chocolate and milk. These foods tend to bulk up the stools. There is one other thing. MOVE. If you are sedentary and aren't moving around much the bowels are not moving around either and they can become impacted just because our body isn't doing anything! I have IBS and if I am not careful, I will end up with impacted bowels as well. There is also something called "mega-colon", where the colon just keeps stretching and stretching and the stool collects there instead of moving through a stretchy but firm bowel. Sorry about not having insurance that defininetly makes it tough. I quess the emergency is the only option if you can't keep things moving. Don't eat red meat for a little while, it will sit in your stomach, rot and then begin to go through your stools. A very safe and great way to help move things a long with a bit of fiber, which is very necessary to moving things, is Quaker Oats Oatmeal. Get the flavored kind and try each one or mix two together, my favorites are maple and brown sugar mixed with cinnamon and spice. This is gentle yet effective. It does contain a bit of sugar, but for future reference, sugar is the biggest NO NO of all. This bulks up the stool right along with white flour, white sugar and white rice. Start to eat right and you will see those bowels become more healthy. Walk up and down your stairs a couple of times a day. Or walk to the top of your block and back home. I really hope some of these things help you with your problem, but there really needs to be a diagnoses so that you can treat things properly. JUST A REMINDER, USING LAXATIVES AND ENEMAS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS IN THE LONG RUN, YOUR BODY BEGINS TO GET USED TO USING THESE PRODUCTS AND FORGETS HOW TO MOVE THINGS ALONG IN THE NATURAL WAY AND SOON YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ONLY ABLE TO GO USING THESE THINGS. The trick is to get the bowels moving without artificial help, water, fiber, exercise, no white stuff or chocolate, although it sounds funny, do drink a cup of coffee, I dont' drink coffee, but I found an international coffee (foofoo)french vanilla and got decaf, regular is fine, too, I just don't do caffiene, it too adds to hard stools for me, it will get those bowels moving like no bodies business, it also dawned on me that, you may have such a soft stool that it is puddling-up before it can move and it is then too large to move past one or two spots that the intestine has been stretched or elasticized. You really need to find out what is wrong, but artificial means can leed to further permanent problems

Impacted Bowels
by: Anonymous

Yes, there is a pill called Amitiza and it puts fluid in the bowels and softens the stools. Also, you have to drink "A LOT" of water. Most of us are walking around dehydrated and don't even know it. Skip bread, cheese, chocolate and milk. These foods tend to bulk up the stools. There is one other thing. MOVE. If you are sedentary and aren't moving around much the bowels are not moving around either and they can become impacted just because our body isn't doing anything! I have IBS and if I am not careful, I will end up with impacted bowels as well. There is also something called "mega-colon", where the colon just keeps stretching and stretching and the stool collects there instead of moving through a stretchy but firm bowel. Sorry about not having insurance that defininetly makes it tough. I quess the emergency is the only option if you can't keep things moving. Don't eat red meat for a little while, it will sit in your stomach, rot and then begin to go through your stools. A very safe and great way to help move things a long with a bit of fiber, which is very necessary to moving things, is Quaker Oats Oatmeal. Get the flavored kind and try each one or mix two together, my favorites are maple and brown sugar mixed with cinnamon and spice. This is gentle yet effective. It does contain a bit of sugar, but for future reference, sugar is the biggest NO NO of all. This bulks up the stool right along with white flour, white sugar and white rice. Start to eat right and you will see those bowels become more healthy. Walk up and down your stairs a couple of times a day. Or walk to the top of your block and back home. I really hope some of these things help you with your problem, but there really needs to be a diagnoses so that you can treat things properly. JUST A REMINDER, USING LAXATIVES AND ENEMAS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS IN THE LONG RUN, YOUR BODY BEGINS TO GET USED TO USING THESE PRODUCTS AND FORGETS HOW TO MOVE THINGS ALONG IN THE NATURAL WAY AND SOON YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF ONLY ABLE TO GO USING THESE THINGS. The trick is to get the bowels moving without artificial help, water, fiber, exercise, no white stuff or chocolate, although it sounds funny, do drink a cup of coffee, I dont' drink coffee, but I found an international coffee (foofoo)french vanilla and got decaf, regular is fine, too, I just don't do caffiene, it too adds to hard stools for me, it will get those bowels moving like no bodies business, it also dawned on me that, you may have such a soft stool that it is puddling-up before it can move and it is then too large to move past one or two spots that the intestine has been stretched or elasticized. You really need to find out what is wrong, but artificial means can leed to further permanent problems

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