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Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 03-13-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Terrified to get a Colonoscopy/endoscopy

I have had both procedures with no complications afterwards. With the endoscopy, you will be given a spray to the back of your throat to numb it and then you will have an IV put in so that they can...
Board: Digestive Disorders 03-13-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Posted By flipfleury
Re: constipated please help

Between the medications you're taking and the tests you have had done could cause the constipation. One of the things you need to do: is to increase your daily water intake to 64 oz. a day. Slowly...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 03-07-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Citrucel and Psyllium Powder

I don't know why your doctor told you take psyllium powder in addition to the Citrucel. Drinking enough water is very important when taking Citrucel or Metamucil or if you're increasing your fiber...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-06-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Floating stool for 9 months. Worried.

Most of the time, floating stool is an indication of lots of gas and fat in the stool. Try keeping a log of what you eat and the effect has on your BM's. If you're having a lot of gas and acid in...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-05-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Constipation and UTI problem - please help me!!!

Sometimes being on antibiotics can constipate you or make it worse if you were constipated before you started the antibiotics. Try eating yogurt two-three times a day while on the antibiotics, This...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-05-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Severe constipation and fiber not helping, not colon cancer

In order for fiber to help you relieve constipation, you need to have enough water in your intestines to push the stool along the large intestine down to the descending colon into the rectum. If you...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-08-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,338
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Please help me with my health.....

Try putting the head of your bed up on bed risers or blocks of wood. This may help from expelling the air bubbles. I have acid reflux and asthma and this has helped me more than a bed wedge pillow or...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-08-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,338
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Please help me with my health.....

Hello Everyone,

I am posting as I am desperate for advise and was hoping someone reading this could help me.

I have been suffering for nearly a year now, with the final straw being me carried...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-04-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 444
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Can you have external hemorrhoids...

...that are NOT painful AT ALL ???
If you can keep them from being inflamed then they aren't usually painful. Using a hemorrhoidal cream or Tucks pads can help reduce the inflammation. Don't...
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-11-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 552
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Floating stool for weeks

A high fat diet , a lot of fiber, and a lot of gas can cause your BM's float. try to think about what you ate he day before.
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-10-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 976
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Chronic Constipation For Years

I understand how painful this can be, as I have had this problem on and off all of my life. Since it has gotten this hard and you can't pass it on your own then you may need to use up to two oil...
Board: Bowel Disorders 03-01-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Constipation

Constipation in most cases is caused by our lack of fiber, not drinking enough water, exercise, and having daily routine for moving our bowels. I can tell you from personal experience of years of...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 12-13-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 522
Posted By flipfleury
Re: constipation

Yes, it can. Try increasing your water intake to 64 oz. a day and slowly increase your fiber intake to 25-30 grams a day over two weeks. Citrucel twice a day helps to add fiber to your diet, keep...
Board: Bowel Disorders 12-12-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 603
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Chronic Impacted Bowel - Help!

Have you tried using Citrucel or Metamucil to help keep bowels moving on a regular basis ? Our colon needs lots of water to keep it working properly. The rule of thumb is to drink 8 8 oz. glasses of...
Board: Bowel Disorders 12-02-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Constipation advice.

Have you tried using a glycerin suppository ? If you take 2 tablespoons of olive oil before you go to bed, you be able to move your bowels the next morning. If that doesn't work by noon then try...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-23-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Recent Dx of C Diff. Have some questions..

C-diff is highly contagious and it's not just in healthcare facilities anymore. If anyone in your home is sick with diarrhea, I suggest you use gloves and Lysol spray and bleach to clean your...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-23-2013, 05:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By flipfleury
Re: My rectum is closed from inside

You need to go see your doctor ASAP ! Don't continue to stick your finger up there so you don't do any harm to yourself !
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-17-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Intractable Constipation linked to autoimmune problems?

There is a test for small intestine bacterial overgrowth that if he hasn't had been done yet. Also, having lower gastro intestinal series done(barium enema) to rule out irritable bowel syndrome.
I...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-16-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Intractable Constipation linked to autoimmune problems?

Low thyroid(hypothyroidism) can cause constipation problems. A blood test can check for thyroid levels. TSH 4 is the blood test that you want the doctor to order. I hope this is helpful.
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-06-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By flipfleury
Unhappy Re: Advice with preparation for hemorriodectomy

I never had hemorrhoids or the surgery but I had a friend who had it and it took many months to recover. Buy a sitz bath, Take Citrucel 3 times a day, keep glycerin suppositories on hand, enemas, and...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-06-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By flipfleury
Re: problem with metamucil

Maybe you should try Citrucel. It doesn't cause excess gas. Also, drink an extra 8 oz. glass of water before each dose as maybe you're aren't getting enough water in your body. If you don't get...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 11-03-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,602
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Slippery Elm helps!

Glad to hear it helps you for your IBS-D. For those of you have IBS-C, slippery elm can help with relieving your constipation and help you to maintain regularity.
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 11-03-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 538
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Do you have pain?

IBS pain can be in the back and it's not always relieved by having BM. I get back pain but I also have an old back injury might be coming into play and might not be related to IBS. Possibly gas pains.
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-29-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 778
Posted By flipfleury
Re: hemorrhoid worse after Banding?

I fully agree with gtf2859 that you are going to have to change your diet and bowel habits. You need to eat 20-30 grams of fiber a day and drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. If you still have hard...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-29-2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By flipfleury
Re: severe constipation

No, not usually. If I am really constipated then sometimes I have skinny BM's because they're going around a large mass of hard stool. It's excruciating to even pass those because it has to make it's...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-28-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By flipfleury
Re: severe constipation

I have had constipation problems all of my life and also have IBS. Try drinking an extra 8 oz. glass of water before each dose of Citrucel as well as one after each dose. If you're not drinking...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-21-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,035
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Maybe IBS and Fecal Impaction

Have you tried a glycerin suppository ? It may take more than hour to work since the stool is so hard. You may need to try taking either mineral oil or castor oil to get the feces to push the old...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-19-2013, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 13,089
Posted By flipfleury
Re: CT showed inflamed colon-what could be the cause?

It could be from the virus you had. The stomach virus that caused the diarrhea may have also irritated the intestinal lining which in turn caused inflammation. You might want to start taking...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-19-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,748
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Stool is flat on one side

Has your Bowel movements changed drastically over the last two weeks ? Blood in the stools ? Constipation when you usually move your bowels regularly or diarrhea. Pencil thin BM's or ribbon like ?...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-19-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 566
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Partial Obstruction?

I don't know if you can handle taking two tablespoons of olive oil at night and two tablespoons in the morning every day. I heard people say this works if you can handle swallowing it. When I had to...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-15-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Please Help (Bowel Issues)

You might try using Citrucel or Benefiber instead of Metamucil. Citrucel and Benefiber don't cause excess gas like Metamucil can. Watch your diet as far as eating gassy foods or you might want to try...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-07-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,324
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Constipation

I have had problems all of my life with constipation and then in June of 1996 I was diagnosed with IBS which didn't improve it. If I go more than 2 days in a row without having a BM, then I have to...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-07-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Gut related problems and confused?

Because I have chronic constipation problems and IBS. I have had to learn the hard way that going 3 days without having a BM, the suppository and enema don't usually work very well. If I wait the...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-06-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Doctors can't figure out what's wrong, please, PLEASE help me

I have chronic constipation and IBS. I will tell you what has worked for me over the last 2 1/2 years to help keep constipation at bay:
1. I started drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day.
...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-05-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Large intestine completely empty, why?

Get your doctor to order the ultrasound STAT, so it will be done immediately. The doctor that told you that you needed an ultrasound to confirm a small bowel obstruction should have ordered it for...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-05-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Pelvic floor disorder and frequent urination

I am a 52 yr. old female with IBS-C, and interstitial cystitis. The more anxiety and stressed I am, the worse the frequent urination is. Citrus tends to make it worse and I was taking Citrucel in the...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-05-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Nausea

What about acid reflux(GERD). Can you get Prilosec OTC. Follow the directions on the box. It may take awhile for it to work. I have acid reflux and I take 2 Prilosec and a digestive enzyme to help...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-05-2013, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 322
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Ew..

As far as I know you can take psyilum on a regular basis with no pronlems as well as Culturelle. We have Culturelle here at home and it says it's safe to take on a daily basis and over a long term...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-05-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By flipfleury
Re: So confused! Stressed!

I read your first posts and the subsequent ones. Get a referral from your primary care doctor for a Gastroenterologist. IBS can be diagnosed with a lower G.I. series test( aka: a barium enema) but...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-04-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,500
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Gut related problems and confused?

I also have acid reflux and IBS. This is what I have found to help ease both my acid reflux and IBS. Every day I take Citrucel, acidophilus, a digestive enzyme, Bentyl(prescription for IBS that is...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-04-2013, 09:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 654
Posted By flipfleury
Re: My symptoms have changed! worried

That is your colon going into spasms. Citrucel can help calm the spasms down a little and help add bulk to your BM's and help maintain regularity. Sometimes putting a heating pad or hot water bottle...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 10-03-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By flipfleury
Re: i think i understand

Using a guided imagery CD or just relaxing music and doing slow deep breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and in return will help in turn reduce stress and help reduce some of the IBS symptoms...
Board: Digestive Disorders 10-03-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By flipfleury
Re: metamucil

Metamucil can take up to 3 days to work, and that's taking it at least twice a day. Make sure you're drinking at least one 8 oz. glass of water after each dose you take or it could make the...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-03-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By flipfleury
Re: problem in pooping

Get a referral from your primary care doctor for a Gastroenterologist. Don't panic because that could make your problem worse by your rectal and anal sphincter muscles tightening up instead of...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-01-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Do I have some sort of digestive or bowel disorder?

You have many of the symptoms of IBS, but only an doctor can diagnose it with a Lower G.I. series( barium enema ) and a rectal exam.
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-01-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By flipfleury
Re: problem in pooping

Possible internal hemorrhoids. Do you get some blood when moving your bowels ? Do you strain and force yourself to have a BM after not moving your bowels for 3 or more days in a row ? It can feel...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 09-30-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By flipfleury
Re: Ibs-c

I have struggled with being constipated all of my life and then I was diagnosed with IBS in June of 1996. That certainly didn't improve the situation any. I can completely understand the pain and...
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-25-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By flipfleury
Re: IBS not sure what causes

Medications don't cause IBS. Your blood pressure medication might be causing constipation as a side effect because it might be a water pill also and pulling water out of your body. You need to drink...
Board: Digestive Disorders 09-24-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 29,993
Posted By flipfleury
Re: How to clean stomach entirely in morning and feel better?

Try eating a bowl of oatmeal with ground flax seed and 6 stewed apricots or prunes. These are high in fiber and will add bulk to your bowel movements. Take a short brisk walk after eating a meal as...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 09-22-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,137
Posted By flipfleury
Re: I think I have IBS. What medicine can I take?

The only way you can be sure you have IBS is to have a Lower G.I. series(Barium enema) done. You also should have your doctor do a rectal exam to make sure he/she can't feel any abnormalities. Bentyl...
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