I am a sixteen-year old girl and am known to be somewhat of a worry wart/stresscase so forgive me if this is a stupid thing to be worrying about.
When I was little, I had an irrational phobia of the bathroom. Whenever I went pee, I had to have someone with me. Eventually it got so bad that I started holding in my bowel movements. I did it for years. I stopped, of course, when I got over my fear, however, I was never exactly regular and sometimes I still feel an urge to hold it back (old habits die hard, I guess) but things have been fine. Up until late September of '09. Now, whenever I go to the bathroom, I have to strain hard and it comes out in little hard balls. It's gotten to the point where I go about every two weeks and it's really hard. If it builds up inside of me for over two weeks, I get horrible cramping and explosive diarrhea.
I am also slightly overweight and, like I said, a stresscase.
Does anyone else have the same problem? Could stress be making it worse? I've been thinking of taking stool softeners. Would they help?
PLEASE HELP! I'm getting worried!
PS: It's gotten really bad recently but my family just started a new diet. Could that have something to do with it?