Re: Constipated: Please help!
You poor thing! I know how you feel though. I've been dealing with constipation over the past year and it's terrible to have to go through. Honestly, I stress out about it too much and that has been a big problem. There were days that I would wake up and worry that I wouldn't be able to go that day. Stress can keep your constipated. So, with that said, try to relax and think positive. Here's what I have done and it really has helped me. The key is a good diet. You need to drink plently of water for starters. They recommend drinking at least 8 - 8oz. glasses per day. This has been the hardest part for me because I'm not that big on water. However, it really flushes out your body and will help stool pass. I tried stool softeners and finally had to stop taking them. They are "safe to take every day" BUT I got to where I couldn't go at all unless I took 2 of them a day. You don't want to do that to your body. Try to go the natural way if at all possible. You don't want to get your body where you have to depend on taking medication in order to go. Also, be sure and eat lots of foods that are rich in fiber. They have a lot of tasty things out there now that you can snack on. Kashi is a great brand to look into. They have these snack bars that are chocolate and cherry, honey, etc. that are very high in fiber and really taste yummy. Eat lots of fruit, apples, bananans, oranges, papayas, melons, prunes, etc. Also, try to get in some whole wheat and grains through oatmeal, cereal, breads. Also, I tried going to a health food store and purchasing some Flax Seed. If you grind that up and sprinkle it on your food it is great for you and helps the bowel moving. Vegetables are also wonderful. Brocolli, sweet potatoes, cabbage, dried beans, spinach all help promote bowel movements.
Please try some of these things. I was to the point where I could go 14 days without going and I didn't even feel the urge to go at all. It makes you feel terrible all over..you know that. I tried simply eating better and light walking and I was going 2 times a day. So, please keep these things in mind before trying medications. If this doesn't work then by all means do something that will work for you. I personally would stay away from laxative and stool softeners. My doctor told me that the softeners were safe to take every day but I soon found that I got dependent on them. You could also try taking Metamucil capsules. They are 100% natural psyllium fiber and are safe to take daily. You can get the 100 count bottle for about $7-$10 and they will last forever.
Good luck with everything...and remember...RELAX ~ Catherine