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Old 07-11-2003, 09:49 AM   #1
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This is a very strange question to ask, but I need to know. When you are in the midst of a full blown IBS attack, how many times a day are you in the bathroom? My 13 year old son has been preliminarily diagnosed (have a gastro appt. next week) with UC. He has been sick for 3 months, and at the height of it, was in the bathroom 30 times a day! (This is not an exaggeration!). His g.p. put him on flagyl and prednisone while waiting for the specialists opinion, and finally (after 3 weeks of meds), he is down to 10 times in the bathroom a day. Is this really extreme, or is this the way it goes for most of you?

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Old 07-11-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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Hi there - so sorry for your son's problems. In the worst of my IBS-D flare-ups, 10 times a day would not be unusual, but that would be the most. My problem with IBS-D flare-ups is the period of time between trips - I might make 5 separate trips to the bathroom in a 15 minute period. Think I'm all done, and wham, gotta run again.

Wow - 30 is a truly excessive number. I know nothing about UC, but if that's what he is diagnosed with, I hope there is medication to relieve his symptoms.

Please keep us posted on his progress,
Katie G

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