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Old 04-29-2002, 09:54 PM   #1
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HELP!! (veterans on board please read)

Im going to make this as short as possible.
Im 42years old. I have always had "constipation" problems growing up, but somehow always managed it.
I have been on prozac for 12 years (low dose 10mg daily) and also have been taking klonopin .5mg past 12yrs also. I have depression and ocd.
Since taking the prozac my constipation was much more severe, but with eating lots of fiber, drinking lots of liquid and being active I somehow always "unblocked".
Since last August I have become SEVERELY constipated. Nothing has, laxatives and even enemas have not worked. I went for a barium enema test in December and the report came back saying that my colon was long? and that I had feces in caecum??
I freaked out! I thought for sure it was prozac doing I stopped my meds....after a few months off prozac, nothing in my bowel habits has changed.
So my family doc sent me to a specialist....a GI doc.
So, GI doc says to me that what I have is "spastic colon" IBS......there is nothing more that I can do....but try lactulose and anti-spasmodic medication...because I have a very lazy colon and a long one too.....So I am on lactulose 3x a day (2tblspns each time).....and I am going to bathroom but I have severe gas and bloated the end of the evening I cannot tie my pants...I have tried antispasmodic but I found it constipated me.....Now after a month of using lactulose I go back to GI doc and he says to try dulcolax instead because Im getting severe bloating.....HERE IS THE QUESTION for you fellow sufferers......
GI doc told me that there is nothing more I can do....that I will have this condition for the rest of my life.....I have tried to stop taking lactulose but cannot have a bowel movement without Im taking lactulose again.....I CANNOT ACCEPT that this is all that I can do.....basically from what I understood him telling me was that my colon NO LONGER FUNCTIONS!!!
What can I do......? What else is there?????? What natural alternative is out can I get my colon to function again???? Wont the lactulose eventually stop working for me?.....(btw, I would rather take lactulose than dulcolax because its more natural???)
I should also mention that I am diabetic and am taking glucophage to control my sugar levels.....
What more can I do????????? Im so upset by this....I will not accept that this is all I can do! PLEASE HELP!
Thank You ALL!!
Looking forward to your suggestions/views!

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