Re: Constipation problems, no gall bladder
I used to be on a cycle of constipation and diarrhea. Truth is, it wasn't diarrhea at all, but finally (as a doctor told me long ago) the intestines cannot stand any more and there is an "explosion" of sorts, with or without assistance of laxatives. I understand the discomfort, etc., that goes with this.
That said, for a number of years I relied on enemas. That worked pretty well and I stayed reasonably thin, but at age 38 I had a hysterectomy and started to gain weight. Big change! I knew I could not, at least for awhile, use the enema route because it would be too tough on the healing incisions, both inside and out. So... I started following a new routine and it still works.
Here's what I do every day to avoid constipation and I heartily recommend it (this routine has worked for others, too):
First, you must plan to allow a little time each day, hopefully at the SAME time each day (many people choose mornings after breakfast) because this is all about habit, to teach the bowels to move on their own.
Second, eat a VERY high fiber cereal each and every morning. I like Fiber One. It doesn't have to be a huge bowl of cereal, just small to average in size.
Third, I make certain to eat enough roughage at the evening meal and for me that means including a salad of romaine lettuce, raw carrots, etc. You can add or subtract other things, but NO HARD CHEESES, EVER. If you are the constipated type, one slice of pizza or cheese on a sandwich or in a salad can bind you up for two days.
Fourth, I take anywhere from one to three stool softener gels each night. The brand name is Colace, it's over the counter in any drugstore. The store brands are FINE, and much cheaper -- just don't get the ones that include laxative. Stool softeners are used in hospitals for everyone having any sort of abdominal or heart surgery among other things and they really ease stool passage, no more straining. The ingredient is DOCUSATE SODIUM. That's all -- no other "active ingredients." Other stuff added is just color, etc. Again, avoid the ones that add "laxative."
If I am really in need of help, I take a small juice glass of prune juice every night about an hour before bed-time as well. If it's slightly chilled it's not bad at all.
Sometimes, if stools have been very regular and seem to be getting a little too soft from the stool softeners and fiber and juice, I just cut back on amount of fiber/juice/stool softeners and it all evens out again.
You need to experiment with routines, types of foods, etc., and within about two weeks you should be on a wonderful schedule that is rarely seriously interrupted. Understand that there is no dire need to have a bowel movement each and every day and if you happen to skip a day or two it isn't the end of the world. But the discomfort of no result day after day will be a thing of the past.
Let me know how this works for you if you try it.