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    Old 08-23-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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    Help for Chronic Constipation - Amitiza

    I think I may finally have help for my chronic constipation. Since Zelnorm was taken off the market, the new thing is called Amitiza. The doctor who did my colonoscopy gave me this to try. So far it has helped. Anyone else try this?

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    Old 08-27-2007, 04:18 AM   #2
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    Well it's been a week and I think I spoke too soon. It helped a little the first two days then nothing. I now have 5 days of build up. I am so frustrated and upset. I even took two laxitives last night and still nothing this a.m. I could just cry. The doctor says it's just my bowels as the colonoscopy showed nothing wrong. There has to be a medical reason for this. I certainly can't go on with the constant bloating, abdominal pain and gas build up for much longer. It's ruining my life and making me depressed. There has to be something logical explanation........

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    Old 08-27-2007, 09:07 AM   #3
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    Re: Help for Chronic Constipation - Amitiza

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    Well it's been a week and I think I spoke too soon. It helped a little the first two days then nothing. I now have 5 days of build up. I am so frustrated and upset. I even took two laxitives last night and still nothing this a.m. I could just cry. The doctor says it's just my bowels as the colonoscopy showed nothing wrong. There has to be a medical reason for this. I certainly can't go on with the constant bloating, abdominal pain and gas build up for much longer. It's ruining my life and making me depressed. There has to be something logical explanation........

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    I really feel your pain. While I have not taken Amitiza, I did spend some time online reading about this drug and it seems your experience is not unique. For myself, I had a similar response with Zelnorm, although I would not say it was ever a successful mediciation for me as it caused so much cramping and extreme D. But I did have such high hopes for it when it first hit the market.

    For many of us with C, the bone crushing disappointment of realizing that the hopes we had with some med are dashed either because the treatment has stopped working or never worked at all can end up in terrible depression. I have been battling this myself for the last few months and often feel like I have completely run out of options. I have spent the last few weekends virtually housebound because of the unpredictability of this disorder. So much emotional, physical and psychological energy is devoted to dealing with the relentless pain and discomfort that I find myself exhausted at the end of the day.

    I am calling a new naturopath this week to see if he has any suggestions or new ideas for my very chronic and painful IBS. I am always apprehensive about seeing someone new as I hate to get my hopes up. However, if I can just step back a bit from the emotional chaos a bit and look at this as an investigation of sorts, I might be able to entertain ideas or suggestions that I have not thought of before. For me, it's the constant disappointment that nothing seems to work that leads to depression.

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    Old 08-27-2007, 11:42 AM   #4
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    I really feel your pain. While I have not taken Amitiza, I did spend some time online reading about this drug and it seems your experience is not unique. For myself, I had a similar response with Zelnorm, although I would not say it was ever a successful mediciation for me as it caused so much cramping and extreme D. But I did have such high hopes for it when it first hit the market.

    For many of us with C, the bone crushing disappointment of realizing that the hopes we had with some med are dashed either because the treatment has stopped working or never worked at all can end up in terrible depression. I have been battling this myself for the last few months and often feel like I have completely run out of options. I have spent the last few weekends virtually housebound because of the unpredictability of this disorder. So much emotional, physical and psychological energy is devoted to dealing with the relentless pain and discomfort that I find myself exhausted at the end of the day.

    I am calling a new naturopath this week to see if he has any suggestions or new ideas for my very chronic and painful IBS. I am always apprehensive about seeing someone new as I hate to get my hopes up. However, if I can just step back a bit from the emotional chaos a bit and look at this as an investigation of sorts, I might be able to entertain ideas or suggestions that I have not thought of before. For me, it's the constant disappointment that nothing seems to work that leads to depression.

    You're not alone!
    Thanks. I too have tried everything on the market. Zelnor didn't work for me and not surprisingly its now off the market. I am so mentally exhausted by this. It just can't be good carrying this stuff inside you for days on end.

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    Re: Help for Chronic Constipation - Amitiza

    Have you tried stool softeners? Those help me if I take 2 a night for 2 or 3 nights in a row. I hope you find some relief.

     
    Old 08-27-2007, 10:16 PM   #6
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    Thanks. I too have tried everything on the market. Zelnor didn't work for me and not surprisingly its now off the market. I am so mentally exhausted by this. It just can't be good carrying this stuff inside you for days on end.

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    I don't know if you've considered this but I have gone for colon hydrotherapy treatments and have found them enormously helpful in dealing with the kind of C you are describing. I too ran the course with laxatives for years until they all but lost their effectiveness. After the doc dx a colon impaction, he recommended hydrotherapy and it really was the best thing I ever did for myself.

    As with all things re: IBS, even this treatment won't "fix" you. But what it can do is "remind" the bowel, in a completely natural way, of what it is supposed to be doing. It naturally and gently stimulates peristalsis and over time, it can help someone with chronic C get back on track.

     
    Old 08-28-2007, 04:15 AM   #7
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    Have you tried stool softeners? Those help me if I take 2 a night for 2 or 3 nights in a row. I hope you find some relief.
    Are they safe to take on an ongoing basis?

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    Old 08-28-2007, 06:54 AM   #8
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    Are you talking about stool softeners being safe or colonics? I've read that stool softeners are fine to take on a regular basis. I've never had a colonic and don't know much about them.

     
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    Are you talking about stool softeners being safe or colonics? I've read that stool softeners are fine to take on a regular basis. I've never had a colonic and don't know much about them.
    No, I meant the stool softners. Thanks for the info. I will try this for awhile.

    I have heard of hydrotherapy. I may try it. What have I got to lose.

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    Old 08-28-2007, 08:09 AM   #10
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    I don't know if you've considered this but I have gone for colon hydrotherapy treatments and have found them enormously helpful in dealing with the kind of C you are describing. I too ran the course with laxatives for years until they all but lost their effectiveness. After the doc dx a colon impaction, he recommended hydrotherapy and it really was the best thing I ever did for myself.

    As with all things re: IBS, even this treatment won't "fix" you. But what it can do is "remind" the bowel, in a completely natural way, of what it is supposed to be doing. It naturally and gently stimulates peristalsis and over time, it can help someone with chronic C get back on track.
    Do you go somewhere to have them done or do it at home? Tell me more.

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    Old 08-28-2007, 08:53 AM   #11
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    Do you go somewhere to have them done or do it at home? Tell me more.

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    I go to a licensed clinic where certified and licensed professionals administer the treatment. They have the state of the art equipment and the knowledge required to use this procedure safely and effectively.

    I was going to provide a link for info but apparently that is not allowed on these boards.


    You can search colon hydrotherapy to find clinics in your area.

    Highly recommend!

     
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    O.K., thanks.

     
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    My doc prescribed miralax for me after the zelnorm was pulled. LOVE IT!!

     
    Old 08-28-2007, 11:24 AM   #14
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    My doc prescribed miralax for me after the zelnorm was pulled. LOVE IT!!
    How long did it take to work? I tried it for a day and nothing.

     
    Old 08-28-2007, 11:52 AM   #15
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    Do you take Miralax every night, or only as needed?

     
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