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This isn't going to be a terribly informative post today. Rather I'm going to whine and moan for a bit. If you have any chronic health condition like IBD, IBS, or any other, then I'm sure you'll get where I'm coming from and forgive my lapse in keeping a stiff upper lip just now.
So, here it goes. . .
If you're a regular reader of mine then you know I have colitis and IBS and have had to be gluten-free for the past year and a half and I was treated six years ago with radiosurgery for an Acoustic Neuroma (AN) - a benign brain tumor. Typical symptoms of an AN are hearing loss because this tumor tends to grow on the hearing nerve. Well, since I seem to be anything but typical, my tumor is on my balance nerve and the only symptom I have ever had with it is vertigo - think anything from a woozy-board-a-ship feeling to bed spins that don't stop for hours or days or week. Even though the treatment has stopped the tumor's growth I can still get bouts of wooziness or dizziness.
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
Generic Name: DOCUSATE - ORAL Pronounced: (DOCK-you-sate) Pedia-Lax Stool Softener Oral Precautions
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication:
severe abdominal pain
sudden change in bowel habits over the previous 2
This medication should be used only when clearly needed
during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your
It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Pedia-Lax Stool Softener Oral Side Effects
Stomach pain, diarrhea, or cramping may occur. Irritated
throat (with liquid ...
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