Originally Posted by Stopngo66
My problem is that I can't strain so right now I've been taking just 1 stool softner at bedtime & by 6am I'm ready to go. I did skip a night to see what would happen and my stool is just too hard to pass. I'm drinking water like crazy and getting plenty of fruits & veggies.
What do you think?
Even if you were able strain to pass hard stool it's not something you would want to do anyways. Straining and forcing hard stool out on a regular basis can lead to hemorrhoids,anal fissures,rectal prolapse,and hernias.
It's good that you're able to use only 1 stool softener. Eating a bowl of oatmeal every day with ground flax seed, 6 stewed prunes, and taking Citrucel twice a day helps me to maintain regularity and softer stools that are easier and less painful to pass. You may want to measure how much water you're taking in every day because a lot of times you may thinking you're drinking all the time but it may not be enough.
I think I have a very slow transit time between the time I eat to the time to the next time I move my bowels because sometimes even if I am eating enough fiber drinking enough water I don't move my bowels often enough where I don't get very hard stools.