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Old 12-23-2009, 05:20 AM   #1
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long term damage from laxative abuse

i abused laxatives heavily for 5 years. i feel i probaby have ibs now, but have never seen a doctor. Is anyone else out there a former laxative abuser? What health problems, if any, do you have? i have a very weak stomach and it is very hard to digest food. it is depressing to think i have possilbly ruined my health. Just looking for some support and/or encouragment from anyone who has gone through this

 
Old 02-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #2
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Re: loong term damage from laxative abuse

Toshiba, I suggest you go to this thread http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=673029

 
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #3
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Re: loong term damage from laxative abuse

Hi, I have abused laxatives for about 6 years and am scared of quitting in case I put on weight. I am miserable and tired and want to quit but I am unsire whether to cut down or just quit old turkey. I am so worried that I will not beable to function withiut their use. I understand how you feel as I feel so alone and have not told anyone. This is the first time I have spoken about my addiction.

 
Old 02-18-2010, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: loong term damage from laxative abuse

Hi Meep81, I am currently in the middle of my cold turkey laxative recovery... if you would like to talk to someone about it, I would love to as well and of course toshiba, you too!

Take care, you two xxxx

 
Old 03-21-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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Re: loong term damage from laxative abuse

it was a slow process. first, i switched from using the usual drugstore brand to a more gentle herbal one. then, i stopped using that, but started taking fiber supplements and started doing more "bowel friendly" things, like sleeping on my left side and staying well-hydrated. it's been worth it, for sure.

 
Old 08-15-2010, 07:21 PM   #6
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Re: loong term damage from laxative abuse

wonderfulsecret and isolde,

how are you doing now? i noticed you posted this a while ago. i am a few months behind you -- today i quit lax cold turkey. i need some encouragement!

 
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