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Bowel management

kentkent Posts: 3Member
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I'm Kent from Nebraska and have been a paraplegic all my life since a birth defect. I walk with crutches and lower leg braces and have an ostomy because of the paralysis. But my real issue these days is bowel management. My physician says I have all the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome without actually having the constipation that often is associated with it. The challenge is dealing with the somewhat regular episodes of diarrhea that are particularly troublesome because my partial paralysis has me without full control of sphincter muscles. I've increased my fiber (Citrucil, bran flakes, fruits primarily), I exercise, drink a lot of fluid, take a probiotic, but I'm often on edge as to when cramps and diarrhea may strike. Any suggestions?
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