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Old 01-31-2013, 05:01 AM   #1
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Chronic Constipation -what to do next?

Hello,
I'm a 31 year old woman who has had chronic constipation for the last ten years. I feel as though I have tried everything, it is making me miserable, and doctors don't seem to be taking it seriously.

I had a colonoscopy 5 years ago and nothing was found to be wrong, except that I have a tortuous and long colon, which the specialist said would be the reason things transit slowly, and that I would just have to learn to manage it.

I eat healthily, drink tons of water, and am working on incorporating more exercise into my life - I walk and do yoga. I also take Lactulose, which works pretty well, and is definitely the best of all medicines/laxatives I've tried (And thankfully the safest).

However, I still get so constipated, and the gas and discomfort are ruling my life. I can't just sit on the toilet and wait every morning, because most of the time nothing happens. I have to wait until the urge strikes, so this means I end up being a bit of a hermit a lot of the time, just so I am home and relaxed.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this: I drink a lot of water, which just seems to bypass my bowel, so I am constantly needing to pee. Why is this, and why do the stools still come out hard?

Also I have had bleeding recently which is extremely distressing (more than just a bit on the tissue) so my doctor is sending me for another colonoscopy. I am thinking that maybe a barium enema would be more useful, in case there is a blockage or twist? Any ideas on this?

I'm so sick of worrying about it, I'm close to tears lately, it helps to know there are more of you out there battling or who have battled the same thing!

Your feedback would be most appreciated!
Thanks!
k80

 
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Re: Chronic Constipation -what to do next?

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Hello,
I'm a 31 year old woman who has had chronic constipation for the last ten years. I feel as though I have tried everything, it is making me miserable, and doctors don't seem to be taking it seriously.

I had a colonoscopy 5 years ago and nothing was found to be wrong, except that I have a tortuous and long colon, which the specialist said would be the reason things transit slowly, and that I would just have to learn to manage it.

I eat healthily, drink tons of water, and am working on incorporating more exercise into my life - I walk and do yoga. I also take Lactulose, which works pretty well, and is definitely the best of all medicines/laxatives I've tried (And thankfully the safest).

However, I still get so constipated, and the gas and discomfort are ruling my life. I can't just sit on the toilet and wait every morning, because most of the time nothing happens. I have to wait until the urge strikes, so this means I end up being a bit of a hermit a lot of the time, just so I am home and relaxed.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this: I drink a lot of water, which just seems to bypass my bowel, so I am constantly needing to pee. Why is this, and why do the stools still come out hard?

Also I have had bleeding recently which is extremely distressing (more than just a bit on the tissue) so my doctor is sending me for another colonoscopy. I am thinking that maybe a barium enema would be more useful, in case there is a blockage or twist? Any ideas on this?

I'm so sick of worrying about it, I'm close to tears lately, it helps to know there are more of you out there battling or who have battled the same thing!

Your feedback would be most appreciated!
Thanks!
k80
I can understand your pain and frustration as I had constipation problems all of my life since very early childhood. I have learned that I need to give myself 30 minutes on the toilet every morning before I even get into the shower to move my bowels. I take ten slow deep breaths and hold it to the count of fifteen and slowly exhale and keep repeating the cycle until you have been able to move your bowels. I have found this to work the best in being to move my bowels because this way I am not straining and forcing stool out. When I put on a relaxing music CD it helps me to relax my mind easier so I can concentrate on my breathing exercises. I also know now I can't allow myself to go beyond 48 hours since my last bm because by the third day it really hurts to go. I use a glycerin suppository when I get the 48 hour mark and haven't moved my bowels because it helps to soften the stool making it easier to pass through the rectum and anus.
Have you tried taking a fiber supplement like Benefiber,Citrucel,or Metamucil at least twice a day(morning and evening) ? It can be safely taken up three times a day. These fiber supplements actually help to draw water into the intestines and stool making it easier to go on a regular basis. Eating oatmeal with ground flax seed in it helps to keep your bowels moving and either 6 stewed prunes or apricots along with your oatmeal help. Try drinking 8 oz.of warmed prune juce in the microwave before bedtime. These are the things that help me to keep my bowels moving on a daily basis. I hope these suggestions will work for you because I know how much it hurts to be constipated all the time and when I am finally able to go it hurts just as much.

 
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