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Old 01-20-2006, 08:16 AM   #1
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Bowel movements are like marbles

First I was constipated for 5 days, then had a bowel movement like several marbles. This has bee 2 months now. I have a bm every morning, but only by taking fiber pills or prunes. I have never been constipated before. Dr. says it is not IBS, but could be diverticulas. I have no blood, and feel good except for disconfort and light pain I guess from not having normal stooles. I am going to have a colonoscopy. Has anyone had this problem?

 
Old 01-20-2006, 08:50 AM   #2
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Re: Bowel movements are like marbles

i definitely have this problem but i've been diagnosed with IBS and i also had some strange inflammation in my small bowel recently. i have to take a lot of fiber. even when i do take fiber though i have marble size BMs. do you eat veges and fruits in your diet? exercise? water?? even if you don't have IBS...you can still get constipated if you don't have a good diet with a lot of water intake, etc.

 
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:20 PM   #3
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Re: Bowel movements are like marbles

Thank you for the answer. Are you sure you have IBS? This is why I ask......
About 12 years ago there was a woman on tv, Susan somebody who was promoting eating fiber and execise. That was good except I over did it. I was eating cereal and bannanas 3 to 4 times a day plus other fruits,vegtables and bread. I was pretty active, but didn"t drink a lot of water. I started having odd pains in my bellybuton, under my ribs, just general werid twinges mostly between my bra line to around my bellybutton. Sometimes it would be lower. I had a upper GI, a sonagram, and a sigmoid. All was fine. The Doc said it was IBS even though I never had dieahra or was constipated. All this time when I would get these pains I just made sure I didn't eat nuts or popcorn, and also cake or donuts as these things make it worse or may even start it. In the last year I noticed I was getting this more often. On the day before my constipation started I had eaten a lot of fiber and was rushing around, didn't drink much water. Late in the afternoon I got the same pains but much stronger than I ever had before, also had the chills, but didn't feel sick or have a fever. I felt better in a few hrs, but the next day no bm. No bm for the next 4 days. When I finally did have a bm it was like marbles and still is. Taking Digestive Advantage helps a lot, but it still starts out as marbles. The Doc I have now said it is Diverticulas, or poloups ,or could be cancer. I am going to have a colonoscoy the 31st.
Hope I didn't bore you with all this. I see you were wondering when to take the fiber pills. I take them at night and the vits in the am.
Dee

 
Old 01-20-2006, 01:35 PM   #4
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Re: Bowel movements are like marbles

hi dee....
i definitely know i have IBS. i was diagnosed years ago. i've had constipation and diarrhea since i was 14! i've also had ulcers and now i have some strange small bowel inflammation that comes and goes (docs aren't sure what's causing this one yet). i notice that if i take too much fiber and i don't drink enough water...i get constipated. i think everything gets stuck because of the lack of water. if you can't eat nuts that definitely sounds like divert. hmm...i would definitely have the colonoscopy. do you have pain? i would think if you had polyps or something you'd have pain. i could be wrong though. have you had a cat scan to check for blockage? or are they just going to do the colonoscopy? best of luck and thanks for the advice on when to take my fiber.

 
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