Does anyone else have this symptom?
Posted 27 May 2015 - 07:54 AM
Hello all... I do have a lengthy post in the general section with my "story" of bowel issues that has been loosely diagnosed as IBS. However this is a direct question towards the C side of my problems so thought I would ask those have more issues with that.
At times after a normal feeling day and normal bowel movements I will not go (BM) the next day, nor have much if any gas passing. Then another day will go by and either no urge to go, or if there is one when I do it is quick and over and nothing but mucus, or mucus and a tiny bit of stool.
Another half a day will go by and I start to feel real full and bloated, uncomfortable. Then usually I will wake up hurting full of gas moving, etc... pass gas, and then start going. Usually fairly firm, then again looser, and on until I am pretty much cleared. Feel good the next day then it repeats... not going, fulling full/bloating... passing mucus, no gas... more pain then eventually clear out with no real hard, compact stools..... on and on.
Background... I have been fighting IBS (mainly D ) that has gotten steadily worse over the last 4-5 years. Recently has gotten so bad with pain/spasms I went to the GI and was put on Levbid which has helped immensely with the pain, but has slowed my bowels. Now the above is happening... but I would have many times before this where the same thing would happen. Constipated feeling, no BMs just mucus, no real impacted stools... just more like left decending colon swollen shut inside. My cramping and spasming has always been pretty much isolated to midway down the decending colon left side. It feel just like that area swells shut when this happens. Also good to note other times I have entirely normal shaped stools (when I have no mucus that is).
So I guess what I am really asking is... do you.. with IBS-C have "classic" constipation with IBS? Or do you any of you have what I feel... like you are swollen shut inside and nothing can get through... accompanied by mainly mucus when you try to go?
Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:59 PM
Yes, I can relate. Diet can make it worse -- grains, fiber, etc.. will often get "stuck" and I'll have so much pain it shoots down my legs. But even on a grain-free diet I have trouble and my GI put me on Miralax. It sort of works, but there's still the bloating - and now toothpaste looking stool coming out in clumps or isolated.
Posted 28 May 2015 - 07:47 AM
I may really need some guidance here... I am not used to constipation. My IBS has nearly always been to the D side and lots of pain. Today I am well into the 3rd day of really no BMs, will begin 4th day today at 3:30pm. Last few days if I felt like I had to go at all would just be a bit of mucus, or mucus with a tiny amount of stool. Yesterday I had a few tiny non-compacted bits of stool with mucus. The levbid which has stopped my spasms has caused this I feel. I can tell how much it has slowed my bowels. I have had couple day weird constipation/mucus in the past years, but seems with my bowels slowed (effect of Levbid) it is happening over and over. It has now been 24 hrs since I last took my levbid. ( .375mg 2x/day )
I am eating oatmeal for fiber, and took a little benefiber late yesterday, I have no wheat allergy. Also drinking lots of water. I am passing very very little gas, and when I do it is like it is going through a thin straw instead of passing freely. It is like my colon is nearly shut. Last night I took a half dose of miralax well dissolved into hot water. Upon waking I drank 10oz water, had some movement noises in lower stomach, tried to go.. almost feel like was going to start and was large bit of stool colored mucus only, then again.. nothing.. like the entire lower colon was empty. It has been 2 hours since then, I am at work, and the noises and movement have pretty much stopped.
How long can you go without moving stool until it becomes a medical problem? I am well into the uncomfortable phase.
I have heard you can treat miralax like a colon prep almost... make up 2 doses in about 40-50 oz of water, and take 8oz every 20 mins until gone.. provided you have time, and will be home all day, which I will Saturday (2 days from now) if needed... anyone know about this?
Should I continue eating bulking foods (fiber/oatmeal) ... or go very light and liquidy until this passes.
Please give me some tips, I am getting nothing from my GI.
Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:31 AM
so sorry, Leo. and no, you don't want to let this get worse to the point that you become impacted.
when you're that backed up and fiber isn't helping, eating more fiber--especially insoluable fiber--is not a good idea. it's just going to add to the back up. it's much better to eat, like you mentioned, light and liquidy until you can things moving again.
and yes, you definitely can drink more miralax like a colon prep. make sure and drink lots of water while do are doing this, to stay hydrated. and yes, you'll need to stay home all day. but in the meantime i think it would be best if at all possible for you to try something else to get unplugged, rather than have to wait for two days. you could try taking a couple doses (or more) of miralax instead of just the half dose. and/or you could add a stimulant laxative like exlax or dulcolax to the mix. that should work to get things moving again.
like i always tell people, it really is best to call your gastro doc and tell the nurse exactly what is going on, just like you posted here. they really ought to help you with this, especially since it sounds like you are in danger of developing an impaction if it goes on too long. and i know you said you are getting nothing from them, but did you explain all this to them in depth, like you did here. a medical professional's advice is always best in this situation. we really cannot give medical advice here on the board.
good luck. hope you can get some relief soon.
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.