Re: Help with constipation problem.
I feel your pain and frustations with not having regular bowel movements. Yes,many doctors and many people think everyone should have a daily bowel movement for the best colon health but not everyone does. If your bowel movements aren't hard as rocks to pass without straining and forcing the stool out and a lot of pain and you go when you feel the urge then I think your normal rouine is alright for you. If you really want to make sure you move your bowels every day then increase your daily water intake to 64 oz. a day,eat 25-30 grams a day of fiber,have a set schedule for sitting on the toilet everyday for having a bowel movement. I allow up to 30 minutes for this . I found that if I listen to relaxing music and do slow deep breathing exercies while sitting on the toilet I can move my bowels without straining and forcing myself to push the stool out.
I also always had constipation problems in my early childhood and had to have suppositories and enemas to make me go and it still was very painful to go. I too, got into the bad habit of holding my bowel movements in because the fear of pain in order to go but all I did was make my constipation problems worse and all the more painful to go. Unfortunately this has caused my bowels not to move on a regular basis on their own and my bowel movements get very hard if I don't move them now every day. I have to make it a priority to sit on the toilet every day and make sure I move my bowels before I even get into the shower. I need the peace and quiet of the early morning before anyone else is up. I definately feel the difference in the ease of going when I get enough water and fiber in my diet the day before. I sure this will help you be on your way to having pain free regular bowel movements !