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    Default Chronic Constipation

    Okay, so maybe this is a bit TMI but I suffer from severe chronic constipation and I'm wondering if anyone else is in the same boat and what you do to find relief.

    4-5 days between BMs is normal for me and I've gone as long as 13 days. I eat a ton of fibre and while it helps with hardness it doesn't help with the length of time between movements. I used to take prepulsid and it worked like a dream for me but they pulled it for liver damage, years ago. Miralax/lax a day doesn't do anything. Right now I take herbal laxatives, senna/aloe/cascara segrada, etc., occassionally but I'm nervous about taking anything frequently. I also take Dulcolax occasionally on the advice of my doc, but again I don't like taking it frequently.

    Since I've been 17 years old, the only time I'm not constipated is during my period or when I'm pregnant - which my doc attributes to hormones.

    I'm hypothyroid which can cause constipation but my TSH/T4 is under control and I've been taking synthryoid for 8 years now - and haven't noticed any improvement in my digestive situation.

    So that's my story. Anyone else willing to share their pain/commiserate?
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    I feel your pain I'm taking domperidone for my milk supply and I'm not constipated for the first time in as long as I can remember.



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    I feel your pain as well. I have been suffering since pregnant with my son almost 4 yrs ago.
    It is awful & some nights I cannot sleep because of it.
    I take Metamucil every day.
    I have been waiting to see a specialist for a yr and a half now & finally will be going next week.
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    I don't have any issues.

    But I did shortly after having a baby,and then i drank real prune juice, 1/4-1/2 cup a day did the job for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiden'sMommy View Post
    I feel your pain as well. I have been suffering since pregnant with my son almost 4 yrs ago.
    It is awful & some nights I cannot sleep because of it.
    I take Metamucil every day.
    I have been waiting to see a specialist for a yr and a half now & finally will be going next week.

    Can I ask what type of specialist? My docs have never suggested a specialist. Actually, they seem to act like it is no big deal - but to me, it is life altering and miserable.
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    No experience with it but this article seems to imply that use of laxatives in your situation isn't necessarily a bad thing:

    http://www.ualberta.ca/~loewen/Medic...nstipation.pdf

    Oh and it mentions that increasing fiber can make it worse, interestingly.

    I agree that prune juice is awesome.


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    And I would insist on a second opinion because constipation can be a symptom rather than a condition in and of itself and I think it's irresponsible that your doc isn't following up, quite frankly.


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    I have always been irregular too. I have not bm'ed so much since being pregnant.

    I have found that increased water consumption has helped, plus eating lots of fruits. Those bags of clementines by Tropicana are amazing. I also got these high fibre crackers at the grocery store called Finn's.

    That being said, I'd ask for a second opinion and see a specialist. It's apparently not normal to not BM at least once a day.




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    Um, how can Drs not think that's a problem?! You're storing food waste in your system for days and that's healthy? I've never gone 13 days. A few days all the time and that's uncomfortable enough.

    I assume you're drinking lots and lots of water? Especially since you've got a high fibre diet. Drinking lots of water seems to be the only thing that helps me. I was so regular when I was pregnant because I drank a ton of water every day and I was terrified of getting worse hemorrhoids.
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    I have issues too. The one thing I find does help is exercise. On the days I'm more active I can usually “go“.

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    Have you tried to adjust your diet? Obviously your digestion is sluggish and compromised. There must be something you are eating that is slowing digestion causing the bowels to not work as efficiently as they used to. You want to correct this because certainly as you age, the muscles will become even weaker and puts you at risk of blockages.
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    I'd ask to see a GI specialist.

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    I work in a nursing home, and we force regularity upon our residents!! Of course, they can always refuse what we offer them, but as a rule, if you haven't gone in 2 days, you're offered a laxative and if you don't go in the day after that, you're offered a suppository. If that fails, enema it is. You definitely don't want to be messing around with bowel obstructions and the like.

    Have you tried changes to your diet such as flax seeds, prunes, adding olive oil to things, etc.?

    If your doctor is not concerned about this, I would want to follow up with someone else as well, such as a GI specialist that others mentioned. That has got to be so uncomfortable.

    I hope you get some answers and some relief soon.



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    I also suffer chronic constipation and have for years - I am also hypothyroid as well (had no idea it contributed). I have tried everything and while i was pregnant it was even worse, if that was possible. I have tried metamucil, meds - I take 4 Colace a day and it does nothing. I could eat fruit all day and it wouldn't help, prunes, dried apricots, more water, fiber, etc... nothing. My doctor isn't very helpful either. I found if I took Sennekot or Dulcolax every other day it would help with going more often but it wasn't helping the consistency (TMI) of hard acorn pellets (LOL) that came out. I definitely go long periods without going - to that point where I have to actually think... “when WAS the last time I went“. I have given up so if you find something that works - I'd LOVE IT!!!
    Sorry if this sounds gross!!

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