Linzess and liquid stool
Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:17 AM
I've been on Linzess for over a month now and Im still not used to the medicine. I'm on the 290 dose. Over the weekend I was able to go more solidly - but not MUCH. Felt constipated more, if you will. Yesterday I went a LOT, very soft and then turned to liquid. Today is another day of total liquid stool with a few solid bits in there. Is this normal? I see my GI in early May so I have to hold on until then basically. He wants an abdo x-ray and a stool test. But if I'm having liquid stools, that's gonna make a stool sample tough yeah? I have like 2 weeks to figure out how to get a good stool sample and I'm getting nervous.
Posted 21 April 2016 - 05:29 AM
about the stool sample--quite a while ago had to do a fecal occult stool test. per my gastro's instructions, i was taking lots of laxatives in order to have a BM. he told me to take whatever i need to go. all the laxatives made my stool very liquidy.
since my stool was so liquidy, i used one of those "stool hats" (google it) to get my sample. i put it in the toilet and then went in the hat. i had to be careful not to go too much because i didn't want to overfill the hat. then i took the sample, drained and removed the hat and finished having my BM.
you can get a stool hat at a good drug store or a medical supply store or order one online.
or i suppose you could try turning the water off at the toilet, flushing it and then going in the empty bowl, get the sample and then turn the water back on and flush.
good luck with everything.
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.