Constipation Immediately Followed By Diarrhea
Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:17 AM
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:52 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:30 PM
Unfortunatly tea, toast and bananas will cause the constipation to re occur and then you will be back where you started, sorry to tell you, instead try lots of nuts, seeds, dried and fresh fruit, but only fresh fruit you can eat the skin of.
I'm glad there's so many other who can understand this. For the past 5 days I was horribly constipated. Last night after being constipated I suffered two horrible diarrhea IBS attacks. This sucks. I guess I won't be eating much for the holiday besides tea, toast, and bananas.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:15 PM
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:48 PM
This is the first time I take part to this forum and I would like to share my thoughts.
I have been having various symptoms (reflux, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, cramps, diarrhoea and constipation) for years until 2005 when my GP named it 'IBS'. I have been on various types of medication to treat the symptoms. Last year I went to GP and demanded further investigation as my IBS-D turned into IBS-C and it was now unmanageable for me. After 6 months I was put in touch with the dietitian at the hospital and September 2012 I went on 1/2 the low FODMAP diet (wheat free, some fruit and veg free) and on November 2012 on the the other half (lactose free and low fructose). I FEEL FANTASTIC.
I have too experienced exactly what you are all describing here. In a period of constipation for example, suddenly I will have abdominal cramps, will go to the toilet and in one bowel movement, I will pass stools across the Bristol chart (usually 1-6). It is very uncomfortable. It feels like the body its trying to reject, discharge the cause of pain as I feel relieved and a bit sore immediately afterwards.
My dietician explained the follow up of diarrhoea in the same bowel movement, an indication of 'built-up' for IBS individuals. Today I just had an episode (the second and only one since September 2012) and this is why I search for this forum. I think my IBS episode (expressed via cramps and bowel movement of this nature) today was caused by stress as this afternoon I experienced a very stressful situation whilst still on 100% low FODMAP. I think I can control my IBS, medication free, with low FODMAP (80%) and the rest may just be stress.
best of luck to all and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:56 PM
Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:23 PM
It is really common for the body to use diarrhea/loose stools to push the constipated stool out. So going from constipation with diarrhea right after it is pretty common in IBS.
You can usually avoid the diarrhea if you do things more regularly to keep from getting too backed up. After 5 days of no BM you could get diarrhea pushing it out even if you didn't take anything.
Ph.D in Biology
Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:39 PM
I was so glad to come across this discussion on alternating IBS "C & D", for in the past several months this is what I have been experiencing when for over 30 years I was always IBS"D". I was a frequent poster on the "D" forum, many, many times it was severe and could last for months, Tried so many of the suggestions from the forum and some helped, like Linda's Calcium regime, probiotics, Heather's products, etc. Stress and Anxiety seemed to be the biggest trigger, I'd always followed a pretty, healthy food diet, avoiding sodas, fast foods, etc.. Constipation was never a factor, never took a laxative
Then C"& D" happened after a year of very stressful, anxiety times, family illnesses, loss of close family members and friends, lots of Out of State and Out of the Country travelling often in bad weather conditions. I started just over a year ago with the "C& D" episodes, the first one happened while I was on one of these.upsetting trips. Other than giving birth, I had never experienced such awful pain in my lower abdomen,almost passed out from the pain, I was given a fleet enema to use from a relative who regularly dealt with "C", I had not had a BM in about 4 days. For months my diet had been all over the place, snatching meals at airports or in hospital cafeterias, it was impossible to follow the eating routine that I usually followed and helped keep the "D" at bay. I was stressed big time, not getting enough rest not eating or drinking properly. Since then, I've tried to avoid getting constipated for when I do, inevitably the explosive "D" often follows making me feel nauseous, weak and shaky with no energy.was I still have anxiety for I still have stressful situations to deal with, the loss of a daughter still in shock over that, the worst nightmare ever, my husband's poor health and depression, etc. any wonder I ended up in the ER after one particular bad anxiety attack. I was prescribed Ativan for the anxiety and told to eat regularly, (my appetite has diminished) told I should learn to relax more, I've always been somewhat hyper active. and full of energy. The "C&D" attacks seem to hit when my stress level goes up, the situations that cause them aren't getting any better. I think too a past problem has returned, Hypoglacemia, I was diagnosed years ago as being borderline this and warned it may worsen as I get older. Over the last 2 weeks I've had "C&D" attacks, and after them I feel so weak and shaky, I have to sit down, I get a sensation in my legs of the blood surging through them, I feel better when the sensation passes.. I also get cramping in my gut when after an attack I eat a light meal.As well as the "C&D" issues, my chronic allergy sinus problems have developed, difficulty breathing through my nose, the off balance feeling from Stenosis of my neck, I've had Mri's, Ultrasounds, etc, just have to deal with it, a few months back I was diagnosed with a torn Meniscus in my right knee, babying that along. Why getting older is called "The Golden Years", I'll never understand., everything slows down, breaks down, I rarely went to the Dr. always been relatively healthy, except when the IBS flares happened.
I'm sorry this is so lengthy, it feels good to unload even if no-one reads it, I do know how many out there are suffering big time from all of the IBS problems, my sympathy and best wishes for feeling better are with you. I was enlightened at reading the "C&D" posts, I never realized it was so widespread, possibly this condition could use it's own Forum! Having IBS of any sort, is no way to have to live. I hate myself for feeling so sorry for myself, so many out there are much worse off than I. If you have read this, Thank You!
Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:01 PM
I sympathize with your problems as I share the constipation-diarrhea portion. I am fecal incontinent due to a serious accident which damaged my pelvic nerves, causing me to lose much sphincter control and most of my ability to sense the presence of stool in the rectum, or an approaching BM. As I became older my problems evolved into bowel incontinence, a problem with which I have to cope daily.
I suffer from severe chronic constipation, which, if not caught in time, causes overflow diarrhea. I also have a defecation disorder. Under the supervision of my gastroenterologists I take daily morning enemas to control the incontinence and prevent later fecal accidents during the day. I wear diapers 24/7.
Overflow incontinence, often called overflow constipation or overflow diarrhea is nonintuitive and confusing as the underlying cause is the constipation while the very obvious symptom is the diarrhea. You generally treat for the constipation, not the diarrhea.
If you wish to learn more, you can Google the various terms.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 05:52 PM
It could be bypass diarrhea but I can’t find much information on this.
What are the symptoms of constipation?
Diarrhoea: constipation is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea, especially in the elderly in care. Diarrhoea caused by constipation is known as bypass diarrhoea.
There is also a condition called overflow diarrhea:
Overflow diarrhea (spurious diarrhea)
One of the most typical symptoms of constipation is overflow diarrhoea, it occurs when the faeces become so hard that they cannot be expelled and faecal fluid will flow around the block.
There are a number of features that clinically characterize overflow diarrhoea (spurious diarrhoea):
1. It is only fluids that are expelled
2. It most often has the colour of faeces
3. It is not accompanied by abdominal pain
4. It is often difficult for the patient to reach the toilet before it is expelled
5. If a gloved finger is put down into the fluid it will feel threadlike due to the mucus in the stool
6. The patient does not have fever
This is an IBS forums discussion on it:
It’s possible a dietary cure would be to not eat constipating foods at all but defining these accurately is difficult. White, refined flours/breads and white rice are traditionally constipating foods but maybe high FODMAPs, wholemeal bread , brown rice and non-gluten grains could be considered as constipating as well if they cause malabsorption.
It would be interesting to know how exactly constipation works in the case of malabsorption and whether it’s possible that foods that are constipating for you can actually cause cramping or spasm in the bowel as well.
My long-term IBS symptom cure (over the last 10 years): complete evacuation
IBS type: C. IBS strategy: No meds. Exclude as many inflammatory foods as possible.