About a month ago, I became constipated. At that time, I stopped drinking my usual 5-6 pops per day along with roughly 2-32 oz morning servings of water and 5 or so 32 oz servings of water in the evening/nighttime. I began drinking only water and having popcorn as a nightly snack and became constipated. It has not ceased even though I eat high fiber foods, vegetables (Carrots and Salads), and drink plenty of water. My doctor told me to take fiber pills, those didn't help, and now I have to take a stool softener, which I am afraid of taking because I don't want to get dependent on it. As a result of this constipation, I developed an anal fissure, a papercut like cut near my anal opening. It has since healed up, but I have to stay regular to further the healing process. Any ideas? Sorry about the length, but I had a lot to say!
Unfortunately, salad does not contain fiber. You need to take Metamucil. Cut out the popcorn, drink plenty of water. You also need to include things such as potatoes, vegetables, fruit, rice, porridge and breakfast cereals such as allbran which contain good amounts of fiber. From what you say it sounds as though you really are not eating enough.
Try prune juice also and drink plenty of water and you should be ok.
You are not getting enough water. No good having fiber if you do not get enough water. Make sure your fiber is both soluble (as in fruit) and insoluble (as in wheat bran). The best way to get fiber is to eat natural foods. Avoid popcorn too often which does indeed have insoluble fiber but also has a lot of oil which plays havoc with your digestive system if taken too often. Only take stool softeners if you really have to but don't be afraid of dependence on them because that takes a long time to happen. First things first, you have to heal the fissure. At first that might mean stool softeners and easing off the insoluble fiber which might aggravate the fissure. Trial and error until you get it right.
[This message has been edited by Samuelemouse (edited 04-18-2003).]
Popcorn is not the cause of the constipation since this is a great snack provided it isn't heavily buttered and salted. You do need to add Metamucil to your routine and that does come in capsule form now as well as the regular powder or the wafers. Continue with the stool softener until you find the metamucil is working. Metamucil is the best type available so stick to a brand that say psyllium husk on it for the fiber. Since you are having some real problems you may want to use it 3 times a day until it starts to work well and then see if you can decrease it. Include prunes and/or prune juice daily or you can consider using a product called fiber wise which is a fiber paste that can be spread on toast or eaten as a snack and is tasty. Hormel is the manufacturer of this spread. Add plenty of fresh fruit to your daily routine too as well continuing with the increased water intake.