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Constant Constipation

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  • Posted By: comyna
  • April 28, 2010
  • 09:55 PM

For as long as i can remember i have never regularly been able to go to the bathroom. Up until i noticed it was abnormal (about 16 years old) i remember very rarely having a bowl movement (way over a week between). im now 22, and since then i have been to many doctors to try and get a diagnosis - i have been prescribed laxatives (NOT a long term solution), told thats just the way my body is (helpful), told i dont eat enough fibre, and even sent away for councelling for depression.

Currently, to be able to have a bowel movement i eat a VERY high fiber diet (i cant follow the same casual diet as my friends/housemates), am doing hard excercise 6 days a week in the gym and drowning myself in water (i have no thirst), and STILL having a bowel movement is a chore. I am currently going about once every two days, and even then only after an abdominal massage, and passing the waste itself takes a lot of time and effort. I seem to be producing a LOT of gas, i cant have a movement until i let out a lot, and the flatulence is putting a bit of a dampener on my social and sex life. I dont know ANYONE who eats the amount of fiber i eat, or exercises as much as i do, but no one else around me seems to have any trouble going to the bathroom.

Im exhausted from being in the gym so much, the high fiber diet is unsatisfying and making sure i have a bowel movement is starting to take over my life. If i dont have a bowel movement my abdomen is very round and swollen, uncomfortable and gassy.

This has been going on for a long time now. I just want to have a life that is not controlled by my food, and id like to be able to enjoy my food again with my friends. I have had my thyroid, blood sugar levels and various other tests which wasnt really specified to my by the nurse, but have been told that im apparently fine and healthy..

Im sorry for the long post, but as i have already been to a few doctors theres quite a bit to write down. Any help would be most appreciated, im getting to breaking point here.

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  • Have you had your thyroid function checked? Also, try going dairy-free for one week and see what happens.
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  • I should probably add that i often do feel like i need to go to the bathroom, but am unable to. i can be sat for hours or even a few days feeling like i need to have a movement, but every time i go into the bathroom i just cant pass anything..
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, as i noted i have had my thyroid function checked, all clear. I currently live none dairy (i drink soya) but have found that pro-biotic yogurts sometimes help. I have also tried a none-gluten diet, also making no difference. if i have to live with eating 3 high fiber pro-biotic yogurts a day, fine, but id still like to know why.I am currently studying for exams and havent been to the gym since monday. I havent had a proper bowel movement since then either, despite eating high fiber oats for breakfast, mainly sweet potatoes, brocolli and other veg for most other meals and mixed seeds to snack on, and I STILL cant go. Most of my house mates live on white bread and pasta but have no problem having a movement. making sure i get lots of fiber is taking over my diet, and making me pretty flatulent too, meaning my diet is boring and unfulfilling and i stink, and i STILL cant go if, on top of that, i dont spend 2.5 hours a day in the gym AND give myself an abdominal massage
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • yes, as i mentioned previously i have had my thyroid function checked. all normal.im wondering if its possible i have a swollen appendix or some other physiological problem that is blocking or making its harder for my colon to work... i often have the need to go, i want to go, i cant go until a lot of gas comes out, and i cant stuff any more fiber down me! i already have replaced all of my meals and snacks with high fiber things, and i drink plenty of water (even though i am never thirsty).
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you have a colonoscopy? But maybe you have habitual constipation ....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • i havent had a colonoscopy, every time i go to the doctor they tell me to eat more fiber, drink more water and other things which just arent working.If i have habitual constipation, i can live with that, i just want to know why. What causes habitual constipation? any reason why ive got it? everyone else around me can eat whatever they want without caring, i have to have meals serparate from everyone else and have to constantly check the label for fiber content. i dont know anyone who eats as much fiber as me or drinks as much water or does as much excercise as i do..
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I can totally relate to your issue! Although my problem hasn't been going on as long as yours. I've been having issues for probably about 3 years now. Do you have any abdominal pain with your constipation? I have pain (it can be dull and aching for days or a week or so, or very sharp where it brings tears to my eyes it hurts so bad) in my lower right side of my abdomen. I used to be very afraid of apendicitis or something with my ovaries - but neither are the case (I guess I should be thankful). I too go to the gym. I probably don't drink as much water as I should, but that's mainly because it actually makes me feel worse (more bloated). I haven't focused too much on fiber until recently, but it's not helping either. Just makes me more gassy and bloated. So this pain that I have stays for quite a while, and then it goes away for quite a while sometimes too. It's unpredictible. The only thing I can say is - I've always been told to be careful with TOO MUCH fiber in your diet. If you don't get enough liquids, the fiber can actually cause the opposite affect and make you more constipated - it turns into like a sludge. But you said you're drinking a lot of water - so.....probably not the issue.Just curious if you experience the pain like I do.
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  • have they checked you for an umbillical hernia? i am 25 not an expert but like a week ago found out i had on. it can kill part of your intestines making it harder to have a bowel movement. plagued with the same symptoms, going for colonoscopy soon
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  • you should look into food allgergies
    Missa995 38 Replies Flag this Response
  • I sometimes get pain, thats mainly recently, but it hink thats caused by trapped gas - this high fiber diet makes me very flatulent. If i eat just a normal diet i dont get any pain, my bowels just dont move.I have been tested for a gluten allergy, which was negative, and my doctor said that s its probably not a lactose intollerance as that mainly appears in babies. I know thats total crap, and have been replacing my milk with soya, but i dont drink a lot of milk anyways, and its not making much difference.thank you for mentioning umbilical hernia.. i shall look into it :) and good luck at your colonoscopy xany other suggestions?
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • it would seem i dont have the outward symptoms of an umbilical hernia, so doubtful my doc would look into that... does anyone have a similar problem and have discovered a physiological cause? such as a strange bend or extra kink in the colon, or the colon being restricted by the appendix/bladder etc?if i make no effort to eat lots of fiber, drink water or do excessive exercise, i can go for over 3 weeks without having a movement. just lots of gas. I know that if you go longer than 4 DAYS then its unhealthy and dangerous. I cant get any of my doctors to take me seriously, blaming it on some aspect or another of my diet and sending me away to do ANOTHER food diary for 2 weeks. im tired of this and want to get sorted ASAP. im british so i dont have a private doctor, the NHS GP's will only refer me for expensive treatment if its necessary or obvious what problem i have...
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  • ..,i think you should have a colonoscopy it might wouldn't cure or solve your problem but it would really helps a lot, you should also have a colon cleansing...,hope you would solve your problem sooner. . . . God Bless!
    mj_paneza 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • interesting new development, i have discovered that alcohol helps enormously. I had noticed before, but dismissed it.I havent had a full, proper healthy bowel movement for about 2 weeks. Last night i was drinking with my friends. I had two medium-sized vodka and cokes, and withing an hour of starting i had a very large and 'normal' bowel movement, and ive had a good few over the course of today too.of course, i dont want to become alcohol dependant, but is it possible there is something in alcohol that helps the gut? could this indicate some kind of chemical problem in the gut, such as i do not produce enough X enzyme etc?
    comyna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Reading your post was like reading my life. I have been constipated since I was a little girl. I have been to many doctors and specialists with no hope of ever curing this disease. I have been diaganosed with IBS with chronic constipation. I have had a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, X-rays, tested for food allergies, removal of my appendix, removal of endometriosis, barium tests, small intestine series, blood tests, and motility tests. I have had huge enemas in an emergency room without any result. I have even went the holistic approach with more dissapointment. I have spent so much money on fiber supplements, laxatives, cleansing products and programs that I could probably have a new car. I have tried every diet for IBS and constipation. This disease has taken over my whole life, Everything revolves around this condition. All I do is research in books and online on what to do. I cannot drink any more water or exercise anymore than I do. I find that eating more fiber makes the situation even more unbearable. I too suffer from bloat, gas, heartburn, and roundness and extension of the belly. It does damper my socail life and my self-esteem. The only two things I have come up with on my own is taking alot of magnesium. Magnesium helps relax your whole body including your bowels. Colon hydrotherapy is #2.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2010
    • 10:42 PM
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  • Reading your post was like reading my life. I have been constipated since I was a little girl. I have been to many doctors and specialists with no hope of ever curing this disease. I have been diaganosed with IBS with chronic constipation. I have had a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, X-rays, tested for food allergies, removal of my appendix, removal of endometriosis, barium tests, small intestine series, blood tests, and motility tests. I have had huge enemas in an emergency room without any result. I have even went the holistic approach with more dissapointment. I have spent so much money on fiber supplements, laxatives, cleansing products and programs that I could probably have a new car. I have tried every diet for IBS and constipation. This disease has taken over my whole life, Everything revolves around this condition. All I do is research in books and online on what to do. I cannot drink any more water or exercise anymore than I do. I find that eating more fiber makes the situation even more unbearable. I too suffer from bloat, gas, heartburn, and roundness and extension of the belly. It does damper my socail life and my self-esteem. The only two things I have come up with on my own is taking alot of magnesium. Magnesium helps relax your whole body including your bowels. Colon hydrotherapy is the second. Without them, I would always suffer.
    violetsyn 2 Replies
    • August 20, 2010
    • 10:52 PM
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