Originally Posted by bowelforum1
I am a 25-year-old female who is in good health. I appear to have had constipation problems for a large part of my life, and it is now really interfering with my quality of life and daily living.
I have an appointment with a GI specialist next week. I keep a log of the amount of fiber I eat each day (average of 27 grams), number of BMs I have, and whether they are normal or not. I drink enough water and exercise enough. I just moved and started a difficult graduate program, so there is anxiety/depression present - however, I feel much of this originates because I am chronically constipated. I take laxatives and stool softeners as needed.
Can someone tell me if this is normal? Or if there is any particular disorder they might think I have/don't have?
- Number of BMs range from 1 to 3 per day, at different times of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)
- On average, I am constipated 2 days out of a 7-day week
- On average, 3-4 days out of the week I feel not empty/evaluated
- My menstrual period can cause me to become severely constipated, even though I consume enough fiber and water
- I have recurring anal fissures, blood from fissures, and consistent anal irritation/itching
Anyone believe I will be getting a colonoscopy?
Unfortunately, as a woman when we get our menstrual period we tend to get constipated because of the hormonal changes that take place and then if we take advil,aleve,ibuprofen,etc for cramps from our period then its constipates you even more.
When you say you're constipated 2 out of 7 days of the week,do mean your bowel movements are hard and you have to strain to go or is because you don't move your bowels for two days in a row or both ?
I have had chronic constipation problems all my life so I completely understand your pain and misery. One of things that I have found that keeps me from getting constipated in addition to adequate water and fiber intake is to have a set time schedule for moving my bowels every day. I allow up to 30 minutes every day to move my bowels. I do this when no one else is up and around so I am not feeling rushed or get interrupted by anyone needing the bathroom. I listen to relaxing music with headphones on and do slow deep breathing exercises. This actually helps me to move my bowels without having to strain to go.
The doctor probably won't order a colonoscopy right away. He will do a rectal exam,x-rays, and maybe a barium enema and see what does show up on these first. I can tell you most doctors aren't much help with chronic constipation problems. They tell you to do what you're already doing and take miralax,stool softeners and enemas when needed. They never tell you to set a time aside every day to move your bowels so that you don't get constipated in the first place.
Ground flax seed in a bowl of oatmeal and eating 6 stewed apricots or prunes with my breakfast helps keep my bm's soft and helps keep me going regularly. Pears are great source of natural fiber. When they get over ripe I put them in a food processor or blender and make it like applesauce consistency and put it in my oatmeal or just eat it plain like you would applesauce. Acorn and butternut squash,sweet potatoes or yams at dinner helps me to move my bowels in the morning.
I hope these suggestions will help you to be on your way to moving your bowels on a daily basis and not to have the awful pain and misery of constipation problems.