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SweetMarie 06-20-2002 09:24 AM

always constipated and hate it!!
Hi all, new to this particualr board. I have a problem that I think is serious. I have spent my whole life as a constipated person. Today I had the first bowel movement I have had in over a week. It hurt so bad I cried. And then we won't go into the whole toilet clogging plunger thing uggggggggggggh!! It felt like I was giving birth. Anyone else ever been here? While I was going I was actually thinking maybe I couldn't do this myself and I would need to go to the ER. How embarassing that would be!! How do you avoid being like this? I have tried increasing fluids, etc. nothing has worked. There must be an answer. I can't go on living like this.
marie <IMG SRC="">

mlgable 06-20-2002 09:49 AM

Re: always constipated and hate it!!
First of all you need to start using Metamucil 2-3 times daily. If your stools are hard then add a stool softener such as colace aka docusate. Have you ever been checked for mega colon. This could be a cause of your infrequent large stools. You may want to check with the doc about this. In the meantime start on the metamucil and colace. Be religous about taking this. if by the third day you have not had a BM then use a glycerin suppository. If the glycerin suppository is not effective then use a baking soda enema. You should also start sitting on toilet for 5 minutes every day after breakfast. Add prunes or prune juice to your diet several times daily too. Keep plenty of things to snack on like the packaged sun dried prunes, raisins or the dehydrated fruit in packages. If you are on any pain medications please note that some of these may be constipating. Let us know how this routine works after a couple of weeks.

SweetMarie 06-21-2002 11:43 PM

Re: always constipated and hate it!!
Now I feel like I need to go again and I am too afraid to even try because I know it wll hurt but I know if I don't go it will hurt even more Errrrrrrrrrrrrr!! This viscious cycle!! Anyone else deal with this?

mlgable 06-22-2002 12:09 AM

Re: always constipated and hate it!!
Have you started on the Metamucil and Colace yet? If not do that first thing after you read this message. If you use the Colace to soften your stools it won't hurt to pass them. You also need to get going with the metamucil 2-3 times daily so that can start working. Get your stools soft with these things so that it doesn't hurt to have a BM and you can start to get your system regulated.

SweetMarie 06-22-2002 09:32 AM

Re: always constipated and hate it!!
I used Metamucil before, it made me gassy all the time. That's the last thing I want, but I just bought Benefiber. Hoping that will do the trick. I actually went last night and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I need to start a regimen with the Benefiber to avoid this happening again. Thanks for your advice.

ChristineM 06-25-2002 07:06 AM

Re: always constipated and hate it!!
Hi Sweet Maria

I FEEL YOUR PAIN!! My constipation is caused from the pain meds that I am on for my back. I have been on them for about months now and ever since, going the bathroom is a nightmare. It is bitter sweet when I am finally able to go. I dread going because the extreem pain, however I am glad to finally clean myself out.

I spoke to my doctor about this problem about a month ago. He prescribed my "Lactulose" and told me to take "Coalace". The two have really helped me out. Its not so hard to go anymore and I am going more frequently.

Good luck <IMG SRC="">

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