Return to normal bowel motions.

Posted , 5 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

Hi everyone. Another question. Had diver 9 weeks ago. Slow recovery. But feeling better than I did, but it took ages. Still not 100% but no infection any more. My question is, and I may have asked it before, when do the bowel motions go back to normal? I am still having abnormal thin stools all the time. I know it can take a while when you've had an acute episode. I will ask my specialist when I see him in a few weeks, but I thought I would ask the experts here until then! Thanks for reading this and any answers . 

0 likes, 13 replies

Report

13 Replies

  • Posted

    Hi Beth

    I am 7 weeks out and still not normal.  This is my second attack, first was 7 years ago. I remember then it took about 3 months, or a bit more. I am same as you, feel better, infection seems cleared but definitely not 100%.  My doc said the colon really narrows quite a bit. She walked me through my CT scan and it scared me to look at it!!!  I think I have days where it is inflamed for whatever reason and causes it to narrow even more and things don't move through normally.  I can only eat a little at a time or else my whole belly blows up, honestly I am afraid to eat sometimes, have lost a ton of weight and I am small to begin with! I have found bone broth with turmeric is good for inflammation, although I am getting SICK of that taste! I do take Advil occasionally (probably not good for some people with bleeding issues) and I swear it really helps with inflammation in my colon as well, because things seem less puffy in my abdomen and things move through better.  I am sorry you are still not normal, this issue is a real drag!  

    Report
    • Posted

      Dollyllama, from what I've read, some people go back to normal quite quickly, but they don't seem to have had it so bad. The narrowing makes sense to me, hence the shape of th stools, sometimes ribbon shaped. I often feel really nauseated too, and that is probably why. Things are trying  to move down there and not much room. My bladder feels really uncomfortable at those times too, it's miserable. I can't tolerate added fibre either, Metamucil etc, makes it all much worse! I feel like It all makes getting back to normal life very difficult, and for me the nausea is debilitating when I get it. Think I might try much smaller meals for a while. I'm at my wits end at the moment. Thanks for your reply. Sounds your in the same boat as me . 

      Report
    • Posted

      Yes! Totally have the bladder thing too! So much so that I went to a urologist because my colon was inflamed up against my bladder and the ER doc had concern about a fistula. Urologist said no fistula, but definite irritation to the bladder. I had bladder issues leading up to this attack for several months before. So much so that I had three tests for a UTI (all negative, only ever had 1 UTI in my life years ago). So yeah, such a pain!!! You poor thing! I feel your pain and distress!
      Report
    • Posted

      I've had lots of bladder issues too. So unpleasant as well as dealing with everything else. Do you just have to wait until inflammation settles down? 

      Report
    • Posted

      Maybe we are just getting older and it takes us longer to recover.  My GI doc hinted at surgery and I will get another opinion, for sure, after this heals more.  I would almost rather do elective surgery though to get rid of the diseased section than risk this again.  I love to travel and do adventurous things, and this is putting a damper on that, not to mention work in the meantime! Were you suffering from constipation leading up to this? I was, and nothing seemed to help despite a diet full of veggies and fruits. I now wonder if I was on the verge of an attack for quite some time before.  I have vague neurological issues and some autoimmune, wonder if that contributed too?  Perhaps I am overthinking!!! Oh yeah, I also had several weeks of mild nausea before (and during!)  Sheesh!

       

      Report
    • Posted

      I've had lots of nausea on and off for a year. I have lots of tummy troubles. No I wasn't constipated that I noticed, but felt unwell for a few weeks but nothing was coming up on the blood tests. I have a great diet , excercise all the time, etc.normal weight. My Gi said same as yours, if I got another bout of this I would need surgery. And yes I would def have it if I thought it would stop this. Do you have much nausea ? That ( the nausea) and the bladder discomfort make me utterly miserable. Do you take anything other than Advil? 

      Report
    • Posted

      The nausea has finally subsided mostly, and my bladder is feeling better, but my bowel function is still messed up. I was blaming the nausea on menopause!  Actually was blaming all kinds of stuff on menopause... LOL!  (I am 50 this year) I did take Pepsid AC a few times and that helped. Advil is my go-to.  Could you possibly have a fistula or perhaps you have cystitis?  The urologist said that the bladder is a "stress organ" and can get irritated if you are stressed, and dehydration combined with certain trigger foods can also cause issues.  I still think that our whole bowel/bladder thing is related. When I was in the ER with the acute attack I was peeing every 20 minutes and it was SO FREAKING PAINFUL each time, there was no infection in my UT, but there was a little blood, couldn't see any, but there was trace amount when they tested.  I really hope we both feel better. It seems like we both live a healthy lifestyle and despite that we still are suffering!  I would like to know how you are doing, please update smile

      Report
    • Posted

      Bladder is clear of infection. I have bladder issues owing to being  post menopause so that doesn't help either. Fistula did occur to me as I have had hysterectomy 2004, and prolapse surgery 3 years ago, so a lot going on down there! When I am having the nausea and the bladder discomfort I pee a lot too and have chills, but no temperature. .i will explain all of this to the gastroenterologist when I see him in 2 weeks. I will keep you updated . I am glad that at least some of your discomfort has gone . Thank goodness for this forum! It's been great for me. knowing that other people are going through the same thing. Thank you. 

       

      Report
  • Posted

    Hi Beth. I'm recovering from diver 8 weeks now. 1 week of meds. I still have cramping left and right lower abdomine.  I take orange medimucil and has done wonders for my bowels until I'm fully recovered.....and a good probiotic for good gut health....I use kefir one of the original products. If you have stomach cramps try tylonel or aleve till it subsides....which can take a long time in some cases. ..hope it helps!!!

    Report
    • Posted

      Thanks for the reply Iaine,. Unfortunately Metamucil, or anything like that makes me worse instead of better, my pain is really only in the mornings, and then it goes away. Twinges sometimes. It's the nausea and abnormal bowel patterns that I'm suffering from that make me feel lousy. I take a probiotic too. It's a horrible disease. 

      Report
  • Posted

    Mine go back to normal pretty much as soon as I start eating properly again.

    However, this time I am still sore at the bottom of my tummy, it's not constant, just later in the day?  Have no idea why?  It has never gone on this long before?  Bowels back to normal, no cramps just this dull ache?  Anyone get that?

    Report
    • Posted

      Chile the more I read people's experiences with this disease the more complicated,it gets. No rhyme or reason to it. One thing I do know is it's different in everyone and it's miserable. thanks for your reply. I hope someone can help. Maybe your bowel is filling up later in day and that's why it's sore? . Just a thought. 

      Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up