Hard stools, pain... oww!

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   Posted 2/27/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.... its been a while since I've posted here. So I've still not been to my doctor about these IBS-esque symptoms I have, mainly bc they come and go. Well, lately my BM's have actually been coming every other day, instead of every 3-4 days. I thought the huge period in between them was what was causing the hard stools and pain. But even when I'm regular I am still having BMs that feel like I'm passing knives!!!!! I just know that I have a fissure, that has to be what is causing the pain (and the small amount of blood on the TP every now and then) and I feel like it keeps getting re-torn everytime I go. I'm so frustrated because I drink water like crazy all day long and was taking colace for a while (200mg per day) and that didn't really seem to make any difference. I am so tired of the painful BM's, I just want them to be soft and normal!!!!!!!!! All the remedies recommended seem to not work for me :( I have a normal diet, I suppose I could eat more fiber, but is that really going to help? I don't want to go to my doctor because frankly, she's an idiot and will just tell me things I already know.
Is there anything else I can do?? Am I missing something?
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   Posted 2/27/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopeful, are you taking a stool softener? It might help. If that is what Colace is, and it is not working, you may want to switch.
Yes, fiber should help you (if it is indeed a fissure). Eat bran cereal and/or take a fiber supplement. Psyllium seems to be a good one, with minimal gas.
I hope someone else will come along with some tips.
Take care.
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   Posted 2/27/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hope you are doing better.  I take the prescription "Miralax" twice a day.  It does soften the stool.  I will go sometimes weeks without a bm and then go days where I feel like I am stuck in the bathroom.  Drink lots of water + lots of water.  I can tell a difference without out the water.  I am the same way if I eat alot of salty foods or sweets it tears me up.  No popcorn at all.  That will double me over.
Best wishes to you.
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   Posted 2/28/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hopeful... Sorry it took my awhile to get here... I had a fever yesterday and was pretty much bed ridden.

Based on my experience, I have to agree with TeeB. Miralax is the only thing that would work for me for my awful IBS-C. You may want to ask your doctor and do a trial run.
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