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Chandler31
08-18-2014, 08:10 AM
Hi everyone,
Wondered if anyone has experience of this and can give me some advice.

I've been having problems with bowel movements for at least ten years now. Up until a few years ago, it was pretty bad and I could only go once a week. For the rest of the week I'd be in a lot of pain, bloated and experiencing a lot of discomfort.
About 3 years ago I began gluten free diet and the problem improve slightly and I started going more regularly. However, after going I often still feel bloated or as soon as I eat something afterwards I feel bloated and it's like I've never been. I also find that if I go 6 out of 7 days a week, on the day I don't go my stomach balloons and I am in so much pain. That's just from one day of not going. Over the last few weeks I've been suffering from constipation a lot and it's so frustrating.
I eat so healthily and go running every day. I eat vegetables every day - kale, lentils - all of the stuff with good fibre. I drink dandelion tea, peppermint tea and even hot water with lemon slices. I eat prunes.
When I was younger I had an eating disorder and I abused laxatives a lot - for a few years. I'm worried that I may have damaged my health because of this.
I went to the Doctor about this a few years ago and she gave me a prescription for a juice drink containing laxative which you can just buy from any supermarket anyway.
It's really hard to pin point what is happening to me and I feel like my stomach is just becoming so sensative to everything.
When I am constipated it ruins my day completly. I am so bloated and look pregnant. It stops me from going out because I'm just in pain, it shows through my clothes and it makes me feel sluggish, depressed and tired. I can't enjoy myself as I'm uncomfortable. It's hard to sleep because of the pain. I don't want to go back to my Doctor and have considered seeing a specialist but I really don't know where to start.

ann775
08-26-2014, 10:01 AM
Hi, I am so sorry you have having a rough time. Some of your troubles sound similar to mine. I have IBS C. I also try to eat healthy. Making sure I get my daily fruits and vegtables. We end most days with steamed veggies. But sometimes no matter what IBS attack comes on. For me two things seem to trigger an attack. Too much fat. Like if I have a high fat Mexican restaurant meal and then a cheese sandwich the next day; I am asking for trouble. Or as crazy as it is too many vegtables (mainly salads ) can be bad. Though there are times there is no obvious cause. One thing that seems to at least cut down the number of attacks has been to take probiotics. I take insync available at Costco. I still have to watch my diet though . Good luck. Oh and make sure you are getting enough soluable fiber. It is key for IBS health. Oatmeal is a good source. Certain vegetables like potatoes. Look up soluable fiber on Internet for a list. Have some at every meal .

20yrsofthis
11-11-2014, 09:48 AM
Hi,
I wrestled with similar symptoms for more than 20 years. I lived on fruits and vegetables, nuts and grains and got worse and worse every year. Several bouts of diverticulitis and always constipated with a loose stool, not hard. Always gassy and bloated and beginning about three years ago I began to have intestinal bleeding that would last from the first sign of bloating until the bowel movement occurred.

Then I found the low FODMAP diet. I have been following it for more than two years. Gas and bloating gone but there was still some constipation and bleeding. Then little by little I cut back from 50g of fiber a day to 20g then to less than 10g. That's when I finally felt good. No more gas, no more bloating, no more constipation and no more bleeding.

Throughout these years I had several doctors, two colonoscopies, several hemorrhoid ligations and several prescriptions. At one point I was eating 50g of fiber a day, PLUS Miralax. That was the low point. So uncomfortable I couldn't run, swim or excercise anymore and I was bleeding through a sanitary pad and into my clothes. I wanted my bowel removed. Finally I stopped the Miralax and slowly began reducing the high fiber I had been living on all my life.

I don't know why but the bowel pressure was causing the constipation - the opposite of what we're supposed to expect - but I was told it would help so I kept it up. Watch out for fiber, soluble or insoluble. Apparently it helps some people, but for others it wreaks havoc and can do serious harm.