You can’t hide from the fact that as IBD sufferers we spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom. We are taught to monitor and examine our bodily functions in an attempt to grasp a hold on how our condition is going. Bowel movements (BMs) are a good indication of what is going on inside; from the frequency of visits to the types of visits we are having an on regular occurrence. Increased BMs can mean many things: inflammation, infection, bad diet, flare up triggers; where as a decrease in BMs can mean strictures and blockages. For myself, I’ve yet to encounter the latter two.

An increase in BMs is usually the first indication of a problem, either as a new patient (of course, coupled with many other symptoms and problems) or as a reoccurrence of old problems for a seasoned Crohnie or Collie. Right now, I…

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