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Old 05-02-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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18 days without bowel movement

How many days can I safely go without moving my bowels. I on the 18 th day now. I am in so much pain and discomfort. I have a sharp stabbing pain mod section on the left side. I went to ER and I was admitted nearly two weeks ago. I have had several enemas,suppositories, lactulose ,milk of magnesia, clean prep, and go litely all to no avail. My ct scan shows no obstruction and I go for a colonoscopy tomorrow. The surgeon said maybe a lazy bowel. If that was the case wouldn't all this stuff have worked. I am so scared. How much longer can I go on like this

 
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How many days can I safely go without moving my bowels. I on the 18 th day now. I am in so much pain and discomfort. I have a sharp stabbing pain mod section on the left side. I went to ER and I was admitted nearly two weeks ago. I have had several enemas,suppositories, lactulose ,milk of magnesia, clean prep, and go litely all to no avail. My ct scan shows no obstruction and I go for a colonoscopy tomorrow. The surgeon said maybe a lazy bowel. If that was the case wouldn't all this stuff have worked. I am so scared. How much longer can I go on like this
Sometimes the large intestine gets twisted and a extra loop which can cause severe constipation. Lazy colon is usually caused by using laxatives too much too often to have a bowel movement.
How are they going to see anything on the colonoscopy if you have that much stool in your large intestine ? Try using an oil based enema,drinking warmed prune juice,hot water,2-4 tablespoons of olive oil, these are some of things you can do. If I were you take a glycerin suppository and wait up to an hour and see if it works and if not then use an oil based enema. It's going to be painful to try to pass that hard stool so use lots of vaseline on the outside of our anus and just inside the rectum. Try taking slow deep breaths and holding it for 10 seconds and slowly exhaling and keep doing this until you can pass the hard stool. If you strain and force the hard stool out its going to be a lot more painful and you're more likely to cause anal fissure and hemorrhoids. This could take some time to do.

 
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:26 AM   #3
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Re: 18 days without bowel movement

I dont know if u drink but drink one beer at night before you go to bed. Ive heard this has worked for some people. An since it seems u have tried everything else this couldnt hurt to try. An when i was younger i went over a month without a bowel movement

 
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Re: 18 days without bowel movement

[QUOTE=flipfleury;4973330]Sometimes the large intestine gets twisted and a extra loop which can cause severe constipation. Lazy colon is usually caused by using laxatives too much too often to have a bowel movement.
How are they going to see anything on the colonoscopy if you have that much stool in your large intestine ? Try using an oil based enema,drinking warmed prune juice,hot water,2-4 tablespoons of olive oil, these are some of things you can do. If I were you take a glycerin suppository and wait up to an hour and see if it works and if not then use an oil based enema. It's going to be painful to try to pass that hard stool so use lots of vaseline on the outside of our anus and just inside the rectum. Try taking slow deep breaths and holding it for 10 seconds and slowly exhaling and keep doing this until you can pass the hard stool. If you strain and force the hard stool out its going to be a lot more painful and you're more likely to cause anal fissure and hemorrhoids. This could take some time. If none of these things work within 2-4 hours then you need to go to the ER and get dis impacted by a nurse or doctor. Warning that this is very painful to have done but if you don't do this ,you could end up with a bowel obstruction which can be life threatening.
Take it from someone who has struggled with chronic constipation all my life that it's a whole lot easier to prevent it from happening in the first place. I have had to change my diet to a high fiber diet,drink lots of water, and make time everyday to sit on the toilet to have a bowel movement and also take Citrucell in the morning and evening to help maintain regularity and soften the stools to make it easier to pass a bowel movement. I no longer have to strain and force to the point of having tears stream down my face just to have a bowel movement. I hope this helps you to change your diet,water intake,bowel habits.

 
Old 05-05-2012, 07:41 AM   #5
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Re: 18 days without bowel movement

I had the problem for 14 days, you need to get checked, turns out I was misdiagnosed with "lazy colon", "redundant colon" you name it... until I got a full check and it was an incarcerated hernia which I almost died from and needed immediate surgery. They also later found polyps, get checked for those to, they aid in making you constipated. You need to get a full check though.

 
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