| | Pop, Popcorn, and Constipation
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!