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Got the trotts...and I've been really careful with my diet.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Jules, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. Jules

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    I recently spent a weekend in hospital with a suspected appendicitits, but it turned out to be a serious dose of constipation. I was going, just not going properly and I had no idea there was a major blockage in there.

    I've since been really careful to eat plenty of fruit, veg, fibre etc, but now I've got the trotts big time! I had to ring in work sick today... and that's not like me at all.

    Until recently I've never had any trouble with my bowels, but now it seems I have to get my diet absolutely right or I get blocked up get the trotts.

    Any tips to settle things down?
     
  2. mjn

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    Have you been tested for IBS?

    As symptoms include bouts of constipation and the trotts...
     
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    Drink plenty of water. Between meals and with meals. Perhaps keep a diary and maybe you will be able to spot what 'works' and what gives you problems.
     
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    Good advice ! Lack of water can cause constipation. In very hot weather we perspire a lot of our water intake away, so we need to drink extra (take extra salt too) :lesson:
     
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    If it keeps carrying on, I'd get down to the GP sharpish.

    I work in a radiology Department, and one of the symptoms of Bowel Cancer can be frequent change in bowel habit.

    Now I don't want you to panic, but if it carries on, don't p*ss about, and get down the Doc's.
     
  6. Jules

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    I'll try the diary thing... cheers.
    When I was in hospital they X-rayed my abdomen... surely any signs of bowel cancer would have become apparent then?

    I've been drinking loads of water and cutting caffeine out of my diet... no coffee and just 1 cup of tea per day... so I really think it is just diet related.

    Are there any foods known to be 'troublesome'? I eat very little red meat, mostly chicken and fish, and apples / bananas a plenty.
    I will confess to having a weakness for biscuits, but since I'm an athletic build and excercise regularly, thought this wouldn't be a problem.
     
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    What age are you Jules? Bowel cancer is a male 40+ thing statistically. That said, it would pay to ask the question of your GP / hospital. Bleeding from the rear can be an indicator.

    Get professional advice - I am not a Dr of medicine!!
     
  8. mjn

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    Milk gives me the trotts, as i'm lactose intolerant.
     
  9. Jules

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    Thanks guys :thumbsup:

    Things have pretty much settled now and I think I know what the culprit is..... salad cream! old salad cream!
    I had a salad last night and noticed this morning that the bottle of salad cream is well beyond its 'use-by' date. In fact, I don't how I didn't notice at the time.

    I'm definately prone to constipation and the fact I havn't been constipated since practicing a healthier diet shows it must be working.
    I'll put this epiosde down to stupidity.

    Still gonna do the diary thing though just in case it happens again.

    :)
     
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    Well, I can add any wheat product, rice anything Sugar-Free and spuds to my no-no foods (thank God for Lactose-free Ice Cream!!). For some reason IBS seems to be affecting a helluva lot of people in the past few years and the symptoms can be very different for each individual. I have suffered for the past 3-4 years and it makes your diet very interesting. Giving in to some of the no-no's has some intersting effects, mainly looking like a pregnant bloke, but I just have no will power, plus a good clean out is essential now and again:eek:. For some good info have a look here www.aboutibs.org , I found it very helpful.
     
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    Yep, and the fact you have trousers with 3 different size waists!!
     
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    I have taken to wearing trousers from the George Foreman Clothing Range. The elasticated waist allows up to 3 inches of expansion, 3 INCHES. A wonderful invention and they don't look like 'old mans' trousers, either, with the waist up under your armpits:D
     
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    LOL, i have 32" and 34" depending on what "state" i'm in......can't be doing with elasticated waistbands :(
     
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    The thing with the trousers are that on a 'good' day I need to wear a belt to keep them up, but if things go 'pear-shaped' and I need a little expansion, the belt stops it. Sort of defeats the object of the expansion really! Oh isn't IBS wonderful:devil:
     
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    You can't beat it!!
     
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    I should count myself lucky as a friend of mine has Crohn's Disease; some of the symptoms are very similar but what she goes through is awful.
     

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