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  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    15. Mar 22, 2005 6:36 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    I am wondering what the suppositories do?
    Do you have flare-ups?

    for me, the urgency/incontinence/pressure/occasional cramps are bad enough, so thank goodness I don't have to deal with the bleeding.

    aamos, best of luck to you with your fitness as a cancer survivor. More power to you!

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    16. Mar 22, 2005 9:57 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    FINALLY I found a thread that describes precisely my issues! I have been battling cramping/incontinence issues for the past two years. The birth of my third child resulted in a huge episiotomy which I believe is the cause of my incontinence. It doesn't happen only when I run, either. It got to the point that I couldn't even go out to dinner with my husband- I'd eat a couple of bites and dissappear into the bathroom at the restaurant, while he sat alone at the table. My self diagnosis is IBS complicated with the incontinence caused by the damaged episiotomy tissues. What a HORRIBLE affliction it's been...Whenever I go out I have to know ahead of time where the bathroom is and stay within distance of it. I read a few months ago in a forum about the Immodium helping some people with similar problems so I started taking one every morning (the chewable kind, not that it makes a difference). My situation DRAMATICALLY improved. From what I've read so far there's no ill side effects with this therapy. Now before a race, long run or dinner out I take two that day and it's done the trick. I realize this might not work for everyone, but it was a Godsend to me. I feel like I got my life back! To all of you who suffer with this, I'm right there with you and sympathize immensely.

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    17. Mar 22, 2005 1:18 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    quote:


    Originally posted by acp50:

    FINALLY I found a thread that describes precisely my issues! I have been battling cramping/incontinence issues for the past two years. The birth of my third child resulted in a huge episiotomy which I believe is the cause of my incontinence. It doesn't happen only when I run, either. It got to the point that I couldn't even go out to dinner with my husband- I'd eat a couple of bites and dissappear into the bathroom at the restaurant, while he sat alone at the table. My self diagnosis is IBS complicated with the incontinence caused by the damaged episiotomy tissues. What a HORRIBLE affliction it's been...Whenever I go out I have to know ahead of time where the bathroom is and stay within distance of it. I read a few months ago in a forum about the Immodium helping some people with similar problems so I started taking one every morning (the chewable kind, not that it makes a difference). My situation DRAMATICALLY improved. From what I've read so far there's no ill side effects with this therapy. Now before a race, long run or dinner out I take two that day and it's done the trick. I realize this might not work for everyone, but it was a Godsend to me. I feel like I got my life back! To all of you who suffer with this, I'm right there with you and sympathize immensely.


     

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    18. Mar 22, 2005 1:20 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    ooops
    I meant to add:

    acp50, i just emailed you

  • merigayle Amateur 1,569 posts since
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    19. Mar 23, 2005 12:56 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    I would also look into getting some acupuncture. It can do wonders for all sorts of IBS syndromes and other GI symptoms. Email me if you want some more info on finding a qualified acupuncturist in your area

    -Meredith
    Here are my website with lots of info and 2 websites for finding acupuncturists:

    www.philanet.com/acupucture[/URL" target="_blank">
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    www.nccaom.org[/URL" target="_blank">

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    20. Dec 21, 2007 11:27 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    :::good grief:::

    this morning I set a new world record for: dives-into-the-bushes-during-a-five-mile-run

    5  time I had to 'pull over'....holy mackeral

    I was emotionally and physically drained during the second half of my miles....completely frustrated me and ruined a BEAUTIFUL spring morning run


    argh

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    21. Mar 27, 2005 4:35 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    I feel your pain! Hope the next one is better for you.

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    22. Mar 28, 2005 6:27 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    WTPJ, I'm so sorry ... what a demoralizing nuisance. My sympathies. I definitely think you should bite the bullet and see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible: He or she ,may have new ideas for you. You shouldn't have to live this way.

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    23. Mar 28, 2005 6:41 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    selena and ann,
    thanks for your concern
    yeah, I guess I will have to search out and give a GI Re: colon issues (sorry)specialist a call....

    dang

    My primary doc said, "take an imodium before you run"
    That was it, no other suggestiions or discussion.
    I was upset with the lack of concern or helpfulness from her

    I hope that another professional would be more tuned in to the needs of the individual.

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    24. Mar 28, 2005 10:23 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    It sounds like a GI problem, not a proctological one. I would definitely, absolutely not wait another day before calling a gastro. I know there are quite a few medications that control these symptoms in the short term, perhaps some of them are also suitable for long-term use. And be sure to tell the doctor exactly what you've mentioned here ... print out all of your posts and give them to him or her. Don't be even the slightest bit embarassed: My stepfather's a gastroenterologist; believe me, they hear stuff like this 20 times a day. It's how they make a living. (I would ask my stepdad for advice for you, but I know what he'd say: "I can't possibly give advice about a patient I've never examined." That's what he always says ... )

  • elaineVT Rookie 14 posts since
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    25. Mar 28, 2005 10:46 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    That was happening to me in the early stages of this training cycleand only happened one time prior at a race (8 miler) where i swear it was the mocha cliff shot...<br /><br />Anywayi desparately googled and found that a lot of runners experience thiswith no GI "problems" colitis ect....<br /><br />Also interesting that this problem would rear its ugly head near the end of a long runusually when i was attacking a hillmaybe getting a little anerobic??  and would subside after i recovered from the effort.????<br /><br />For methis was the key....
    No fiber suppliments night before long run or race
    Still have my coffeebut no closer than 3 hours before run.<br />Strangely, my caffienated GU shots do fine during the run??<br /><br />Also the timing of my eating day before race helps....<br />i have a "dinner or late lunch" around 4:00pm...and then just snack later if i am still hungry (this is a good way to eat pre=race for anyonenot just the colon challenged  )
    then againthat amcoffee 3 hrs before race "to get things going"and all is well.<br /><br />I deeply sympathise...<br /> !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!<br /><br />oh, and from my desparate googling daysi found that a lot of folks will take the immodium before the race and swear by that--if it is still a problem...

    good luck
    E

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    26. Mar 28, 2005 2:48 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    I agree that going to a GI doc is a good idea. I went about a year ago. He told me my muscles were very weak because of my episiotomy and suggested I do exercises, which of course I haven't done. I also plan on getting a colonoscopy fairly soon just to make sure everything is OK. I'm 50 and should get one anyway.

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    27. Dec 21, 2007 11:27 AM (in response to christa0120)
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    I just got done playing phone tag with my primary's nurse and the GI doc's scheduling desk Re: colon issues (sorry)...it'll be ~ 1-2 wks before they'll even contact me to schedule an appt.

    This particular GI doc will decide whether or not to accept me as a new patient.

    Is that something new?
    (She is accepting new patients, but I've never been thru this before.)
    So I've taken the first step, eh?

    ann,
    The Kegal exercises that I practice NEVER seem to work when I'm out running...HAHAHA

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    28. Mar 28, 2005 3:49 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    I love this thread! Where else could I  talk freely about my problem? Glad to know where's-the-port-a-john that the Kegel excersises I haven't been doing don't work! KEEP THE COLON THREAD ALIVE! Post a reply NOW! Hee-Hee. Misery really does love company!

  • wherestheportojohn Rookie 206 posts since
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    29. Mar 28, 2005 6:55 PM (in response to christa0120)
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    Hey, if we don't laugh at ourselves, the alternative is to GO BATTY!!!!!

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