How to break the diarrhea/constipation cycle?
Posted 11 May 2020 - 11:08 AM
I've had IBS since age 11 (now age 30). It began as IBS-D but switched to IBS-A in college. Over the past few months I've had periods of increasingly bad constipation followed by equally bad diarrhea. Right now I can't remember the last time I had a normal BM.
When I'm constipated, I will "go" multiple times a day, but only pass small amounts of stool, with difficulty.
When I have diarrhea, it's very urgent, watery, and sometimes has small hard pieces in it. I suspect that it may not be diarrhea at all but "overflow."
I already do most of what is suggested for IBS-A: exercise, healthy diet, lots of fiber, water, avoid stress, etc. I tried eating prunes - up to 10 a day - without effect. I'm now trying Miralax.
Does anyone have tips for how to break the diarrhea/constipation cycle?
Posted 11 May 2020 - 11:45 AM
Wish I did because I have many of the same symptoms. When I don't have real diarrhea I have maybe 10 small BMs and never feel finished. My doctor told me to try glycerin suppositories to help with incomplete evacuation. They seem to work but I don't think you are supposed to use them as often as I need them. I'll have to ask him.
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Posted 11 May 2020 - 11:55 AM
Thank you. And yes, 10x without feeling finished sounds very familiar to me! I will look into the glycerin suppositories.