I hate when that happens! it's irritating and frustrating. For me, I can use Imodium to slow down diarrhea, but if I use it to slow things down when I'm passing formed stools then it can constipate me later. I find the using Lomotil works better for that situation--it stops things cold, but when the drug wears off, things continue as normal. My oncologist says that it's different for everyone, so YMMV, but that's what works for me. I agree that hydration is very important--if I don't get enough water, it often causes constipation.
DX Stage IIIb RC, T3N1M0, April 2010, 51
6 wks Xelox/rad 6/10
resection, temp illeostomy 8/10 Complete response!
12 rounds FOLFOX for clean up 9/10, Allergic to Oxi, started Xeloda only 12/10
Ileo takedown 9/28/11