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    Old 03-11-2018, 04:15 PM   #1
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    Unhappy I never have to defecate

    I have had problems with constipation since I was a young girl. I am now 75 years old. I have been taking Linzess 290s for 2 years. It really helped for about a year. Over this past year, it has only been helping some of the time. I am so miserable I don't know where to put myself. I have been taking Miralax twice a day for almost a week plus Linzess this morning hoping that taking both might work. I have had no BM for a whole week and have had no urge to go. The only thing that has worked recently is a laxative. I hate taking them because I wake up in the night with pains in my abdomen and the pains keep me awake most of the night. I don't know what to do anymore. I can't go anywhere. I hate being like this. Any suggestions?

     
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    Old 03-11-2018, 06:23 PM   #2
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    Re: I never have to defecate

    I am not sure who prescribed Linzess to you, but can you call that doctor or find a GI doctor who you can talk to? Its dangerous to go more than a week without a BM; this can mean there is a blockage...you really should be checked out by a good GI doctor.
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    Old 01-22-2019, 10:30 AM   #3
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    Re: I never have to defecate

    Has any doctor considered redundant colon as a possibility for your life long problem?

     
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    Old 01-22-2019, 05:27 PM   #4
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    Re: I never have to defecate

    Dear kayd,

    Depending on laxatives at times can cause or exacerbate digestive problems.

    I was born with the digestive issue of colic and continued to have digestive issues. It helps me to take pro- and prebiotics almost daily, plus every day I need to eat plenty of cooked vegetables and fruit that has a lot of natural fiber every day.

    Have you ever tried changing your diet?
    Have you seen by a gastroenterologist about this?
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    Old 01-23-2019, 02:11 PM   #5
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    Talk to your GI who prescribed the linzess. When I went through this, they immediately took me off it. You may need a reduction in how often you take it or you may need to come off of it, but this is worth a phone call to your doctor. Ask to speak to a nurse who can relay the message and ask for a call back.
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