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Bowel problems during and after EBRT.

After having EBRT I am still having difficulties with loose bowels. Immodium doesn't seem to help. How long will the problem normally last? Are there other medicines to slow the problem?

Re: Bowel problems during and after EBRT.

I had loose bowels a few times a day during and after my EBRT. I don't recall how long it took to clear up but it was quite a while. If meds don't help, try a diet change. I remember the BRAT diet helped me: bananas, rice, applesauce and tea. The docs said to avoid fiber because it would irritate the delicate tissues in the colon.

Re: Bowel problems during and after EBRT.

Hi,
I had fairly severe bowel problems which started three days into the R/T. !

Codeine phosphate might help a bit, but don't stay on it for too long.

Low fibre diet as Paul suggests. I also avoided gluten completely and yeast.However, recovery can vary from a few weeks to over a year to settle down. I still ( over four years on ) must ensure bowels are empty before going out in the mornings.

It does ease in time.

Re: Bowel problems during and after EBRT.

On the ERBT site some of the patients have said that metamucil works. It sounds counter productive as it contains fiber, but they sware by it.
JT

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