Hi I have had crohns disease for 36 years I have had one surgery which removed part of the small intestine and about 6 inches of colon. I do have some narrowing at the site of the resection other than that, after colonoscopy things look good. I am not on any medication for the Crohns at this time.
My question is this, why I generally have diarrhea when I do have a bowel movement, Some days I will have solid bowel movements that will last for 4-5 days for no apparent reason. I don't have any pain and no bloody stool. I can't find any correlation with what I have eaten to explain this wonderful occurrence. Is it possible that there is food blocking at the resection which then slows down the digestive process causing stool to then form?? If so should I worry about fistulas?
Thank You so much for your time
After resection of a part of the intestine, there may be slight disturbances in your absorption patterns and that may lead to such episodes. It is appreciated that you have tried to find out a relation between your food intake and this issue.
Nevertheless, you should eat a low-fat diet and also you may need probiotic supplements, fiber supplements, and a bile salt binding resin like cholestyramine. Do talk to your surgeon about this when you next follow up with him.
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