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Crystal Brown

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I just remembered and thought of this. I got the idea from my pediatrician when my youngest was getting a horrible red raw rash on his bottom. I was worried it was yeast but it wasn't. The ped told me since the baby was stooling frequently that the acidity from it was irritating the skin. He told me to put liquid antiacid (like liquid mylanta or equivalent) on the area and it would neutralize the acid. IT WORKED!! It didn't take only a day or two to clear up. So, I decided to try it after hearing other people tell me the worse thing about the bowel prep was that their bottoms were raw. It helped tremendously! I did not want end up as raw and sore as my mom told me she was. I just applied a thin layer after every time I went to the restroom.

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Guess the ultra sound is not the answer then. There is something called diverticultis that might fit the symptoms. Of course it could be other things also. Got a link here that tells some about it. I wouldn't follow their diet advice though! They suggest lots of fiber with gluten grains, All Bran cereal, not good for us. If you wanted to try some fiber, I think psyllium husks are good. If you try them, make sure to drink water with them, and or mix them into your food. Not too much either, 1/3 teaspoon to start would be good. If you want to try psyllium out, I suggest get some and put it in a small glass of water so you can see what it does. It tends to absorb water. If you put in a bunch of psyllium and not much water it will get pretty thick and slimy. So plenty of water is a good idea and not much psyllium. I have some capsules from Vitamin Shoppe I take that have acidolphilus in them also. I also got some loose powder (Yerba Prima brand) that I can mix into food before I eat it. You probably shouldn't take more than 1 teaspoon a day of the stuff. I really think it is best taken mixed into your food or after eating with a glass of water. And please do see a doctor about your friend!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyllium_seed_husks

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Psyllium seed husks, also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or simply as psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.[1]

The husks are used whole in their natural state, or dried and chopped or powdered for easier consumption. In either of these forms, one takes them by mixing them with water or another fluid. They are also available in capsules. Over-the-counter laxatives and fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Serutan, Fybogel, Bonvit, and Effersyllium have psyllium husks as their main ingredient. They may be combined with other ingredients (e.g., Blackstrap molasses is sometimes used with psyllium seed husks for its high mineral and vitamin content, as well as being an excellent carrier). A typical dose is one to three teaspoons per glass of water.

Psyllium seeds are very similar to the seed husks and can be used for many of the same purposes, although their use is less common.

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/p...diverticulosis/

Points to Remember

* Diverticulosis occurs when small pouches called diverticula bulge outward through weak spots in the colon, or large intestine.

* Most people with diverticulosis never have any discomfort or symptoms.

* Diverticula form when pressure builds inside the colon wall, usually because of constipation.

* The most likely cause of diverticulosis is a low-fiber diet because it increases constipation and pressure inside the colon.

* For most people with diverticulosis, eating a high-fiber diet is the only treatment needed.

* Fiber intake can be increased by eating whole-grain breads and cereals; fruits like apples and pears; vegetables like peas, spinach, and squash; and starchy vegetables like kidney and black beans.

* Diverticulitis occurs when the pouches become inflamed and cause pain and tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen.

* Diverticulitis can lead to bleeding; infections; small tears, called perforations; or blockages in the colon. These complications always require treatment to prevent them from progressing and causing serious illness.

* Severe cases of diverticulitis with acute pain and complications will likely require a hospital stay. When a person has complications or does not respond to medication, surgery may be necessary.

I have to admit that my fiber intake could be better. I tend to eat a lot of protein, but often forget to add veggies or other important fiber containing foods. Psyllium seed husks sound like a good route and WOW, I haven't heard the term "black strap molasses" in a long time! Is that edible for Celiacs? If so, that sounds pretty good about now.

Thank you for all the information :o)

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Roda, I'm being lazy.. what is occult blood?

Well, I'm turning 26 in May :P So, I've got a little ways to go before the recommended pre-screening age. BUT, it doesn't mean I should avoid getting poked around down yonder.

Did you experience any problems from the polyp?

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FYI

I just remembered and thought of this. I got the idea from my pediatrician when my youngest was getting a horrible red raw rash on his bottom. I was worried it was yeast but it wasn't. The ped told me since the baby was stooling frequently that the acidity from it was irritating the skin. He told me to put liquid antiacid (like liquid mylanta or equivalent) on the area and it would neutralize the acid. IT WORKED!! It didn't take only a day or two to clear up. So, I decided to try it after hearing other people tell me the worse thing about the bowel prep was that their bottoms were raw. It helped tremendously! I did not want end up as raw and sore as my mom told me she was. I just applied a thin layer after every time I went to the restroom.

Excellent advice! So, mylanta on the tooshy makes the pain from the raw toosh, a lot better.

See, I have learned so much!

*gluten-free barium sulfate a MUST

*nonionic iodine OR meds prescribed prior to the CT with contrast dye

*supplements are key

*Psyllium seed husks can help with fiber intake

*mylanta on the toosh is a must

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Taken from wikipedia:

" Faecal occult blood is a term for blood present in the faeces that is not visibly apparent. In medicine, a faecal occult blood test is a check for hidden (occult) blood in the stool (feces). Conventional faecal occult blood tests look for heme. Newer, modern tests look for globin."

No I didn't have any problems from the polyp. Felt pretty good after the colonoscopy with the exception of feeling a bit moody. They gave me a lot of sedation for it because the doctor told me I was trying to hit at people when he did my EGD. My thought on it is they did not want to take a chance at getting horse kicked!! :lol: I don't remember a thing though. Funny, the endo nurses remembered me from the EGD (plus I work with them also), so it's sorta embarrassing. Oh well, I can't help what effects the anethesia has on me. We all laughed about it befor the colonoscopy, and then they hit me with lots of meds! :lol:

Even if you were ever to have an exam with nonionic IV contrast you still should have premeds. Chances are they used the nonionic on you, but with out asking you would not know for sure. So premedication for any IV contrast would be a good idea or just avoid it.

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Taken from wikipedia:

" Faecal occult blood is a term for blood present in the faeces that is not visibly apparent. In medicine, a faecal occult blood test is a check for hidden (occult) blood in the stool (feces). Conventional faecal occult blood tests look for heme. Newer, modern tests look for globin."

No I didn't have any problems from the polyp. Felt pretty good after the colonoscopy with the exception of feeling a bit moody. They gave me a lot of sedation for it because the doctor told me I was trying to hit at people when he did my EGD. My thought on it is they did not want to take a chance at getting horse kicked!! :lol: I don't remember a thing though. Funny, the endo nurses remembered me from the EGD (plus I work with them also), so it's sorta embarrassing. Oh well, I can't help what effects the anethesia has on me. We all laughed about it befor the colonoscopy, and then they hit me with lots of meds! :lol:

Even if you were ever to have an exam with nonionic IV contrast you still should have premeds. Chances are they used the nonionic on you, but with out asking you would not know for sure. So premedication for any IV contrast would be a good idea or just avoid it.

Okay, dually noted :) I tend to be the 1% who has the extreme reaction to things :P I ALWAYS hear, "Oh wow, we've NEVER had this happen before! We've only heard of this in the text books!" Yeah, so I'm spaaacial..

LOL! At least you know you're a fighter!! I, on the other hand, am the collapsing queen. After I had a cortisone injection in my lower back, I got up to go to the bathroom, sat on the toilet, pants down, start trying to "push" and just fell right off the toilet!! My Mom was standing next to the door, heard the thud, manages to get in the bathroom.. EVERYONE (the doctor, three nurses, Mom and Dad) apparently all come in, clean me up and take me to a gurney.. I come to and am like - "Did I go to the bathroom yet?"

Thank you for the information on the occult blood. I didn't know blood could hide in fecal matter. Wow.

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I have to admit that my fiber intake could be better. I tend to eat a lot of protein, but often forget to add veggies or other important fiber containing foods. Psyllium seed husks sound like a good route and WOW, I haven't heard the term "black strap molasses" in a long time! Is that edible for Celiacs? If so, that sounds pretty good about now.

Thank you for all the information :o)

Hi Zella,

The blackstrap molasses should be gluten-free, it is just left over goop from making refined sugar from sugar cane. They say it is actually good for you because it is the leftovers and has the minerals and whatever that are removed from refined white sugar.

But that's not how I take psyllium husks! I just put a little in my food, stir it right in before eating. Or I take a capsule after I eat and wash it down with some water. You can also add more peas and lentils to your diet for fiber. I make rice and quinoa and veggies ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. Then right before I nuke it I add some frozen peas. That way they don't get mushy from being cooked with the rice. Purty easy to do! Fiber-on! :D

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Zella CE,

Hello! I was thinking about you and was wondering how you are doing? Did you get things checked out?

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Zella,

I had the same pains in the same area. I thought it was my lady parts! It was so painfully, it would wake me out of sleep. It turned out to be diverticulitis. I had to take 2 antibiotics and ate accordingly to get rid of it. If I eat corn, seeds, or nuts

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