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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/15/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering what's the longest anyone has gone without making a BM.  I went a whole month without going and then finally went a little recently.  I know that I may have a serious problem.
 
Ihave a doctor's appointment coming up.
 
But I want to hear success stories from people who suffered as much as me.  I want to know that there is hope and that I'm not doomed!!!  Thanks! FG

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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
FG,
Yikes! That sounds crazy to not go for a month. Wouldn't you die before hitting that milestone? I am super curious about this. Do tell more... How did you feel? How did you fix it? Did you see a doc? Did you have an impaction or obstruction?
I think the longest I've gone without is a week.
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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Two or three days, I think.

You should not wait for a doctor's appointment if you haven't had a major bowel movement after a month without going. If you can't see a doctor now (as in today or tomorrow), then you need to go to an ER. The longer you wait to have a bowel movement, the more it gets impacted and the harder it is for someone to dig out (oh yes, you will have to be manually evacuated; my mother's a nurse and has had to do this before). And then you have to go on strong laxatives and/or deep enemas to get the rest, which usually causes painful cramping and often still leaves you straining painfully.

Even for a person with chronic C, you should go about every three days or so--maybe you'll have the occasional week, like Lil mentioned--but after a couple-three days without a movement, you need to be taking something to get yourself moving. It's been so long now, OTC stuff isn't going to work on you--at least that won't be the first thing they'll get you on. Being constipated with no bowel movements every day for a month is every bit as serious as having non-stop diarrhea every day for a month.

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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I've tried to resist chiming in here, but oh well.... :-) I take after my father. When I was a child, my "normal" schedule was about 3-4 days. I felt fine and never thought anything of it. Once in a while mom would dose me with Castoria if I hadn't gone for a week, but daily BMs weren't an issue in my family. I've had plenty of docs tell me that everyone is different. While once, twice or even three times a day is normal for one person, another person could be normal with every 3 days.

Back to topic, once I started having gastro problems, I think the longest I went without was 3 weeks. I was partially obstructed and it just couldn't make it's way to the outside world without a whole lot of laxatives. To this day, even with daily softeners (colace) I might go over a week with nothing happening.

Friendly - have you investigated any of the OTC remedies like mag citrate or phospha soda? They work by putting water into the colon to soften the stool and whosh it on out. If you've only gone "a little bit" in a month, you gotta do something! :-)
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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, this is scary that I'm the only one on here who hadn't gone for a month.  I finally went today.  Just a little but at least i went.  I will see how long this will go on.  I have been perscribed miralax.  haven't picked it up yet due to the icy conditions where i live.  i have an appointment for the 22nd. but if i can't go tomorrow BM again, then i will call the GI place again pronto.  the ER said that i have to go to the GI, not them.

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   Posted 2/15/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
It is not good to not have a bowel movement in such a long time, even a couple of days is too long...the stool is full of bacteria and the bad bacteria can possibly do damage to the lining of the intestines....I know it can't necessarily be helped for some that cannot go everyday, but it's important to find a way to go everyday, you best talk to your doc about this...taking a fibre supplement daily can likely help some and drinking plenty of water also helps "flush" things through.

:)

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   Posted 2/15/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, I hear an increasing number of people who go to the ER for severe consitpation, such as yours, only to have them shrug and dismiss them as not being sick. My mother has always said that constipation is serious, it has to be gotten out, etc., etc. I don't know why people don't find it as alarming anymore. Of course, there's some bad medicine going around at ERs and hospitals now, so I guess this is just part of the trend. My mother's worked with home health patients for years and has dug out the impactions of more than one. I don't know, maybe constipation is more dangerous in old people than young, but I'm confident my mother would be giving you some serious stuff to make you go. I know she gave me an enema once when I was 5 because I was having such a bad spell. And even then it was still very difficult.

I guess if no one will give you any help, you'll just have to try OTC laxatives and see if you can't get yourself going a bit more. I would try the stuff they give you for coloscopies--like Fleets or that nasty Golyghtly stuff; I don't think they make you cramp quite as bad as the laxative pills. I'd think, though, you wouldn't want to start out but with about half the recommended dosage for the first day, because, like I said, that stuff can make you cramp up when you're backed up bad. You might try a liquid or partially liquid diet (lot of broth soups) while doing it to try and keep from adding more stuff into the pipeline until you're moving good again. And you might want to try an enema to boot. It's ridiculous anyone has to try and fend for themselves in this situation. I see now why some doctors have been arguing to give up swearing the Hippocratic oath when they get their license; they already don't give a crap, a great many of them, so why be bothered to swear that they will?

Have you tried a holistic healer? Gosh, I can't help but think anyone would be better at this point to help you than no one at all. Make sure the next docotr you see, you emphasize you haven't passed but a tiny bit of stool in an entire month, and can you please try Zelnorm or something like it?

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/15/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Keriamon, the person I spoke to at the ER took my constipation very seriously. She said it was a very serious problem and that I have to see a GI doctor in no more than 72 hours.  She just said that the ER can't give the enema until they find out why I am so backed up.

I called the GI place where I have an appointment for the 22nd.  I was given a perscription for miralax.  I am going to try that.  If it doesn't work, I'll call them again and bug them until they see me.  At least I went today.  It wasn't much but it was something.  if i still keep going, then I can wait till the 22nd.  if i don't, then i can't wait...

thanks so much for your posts and for caring!! :))


lion00
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, the longest I have went is just over three weeks. It was weird cos after about the tenth day I stopped being bothered by it, until 3 weeks when it was absolutely agony. I know I have a really bad problem too. I've been waiting over two years for some answers, and until I get them I rely on enemas. Even with severe constipation like this my stool isn't hard though, always soft and mushy?? Good luck with getting some help. x x
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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/15/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   

lion00, wow over 3 weeks and no stool?  sounds like me!  I was hoping to hear that after that you were fine...I'm sorry to hear that you never got that much better. Hope that improves.  What do the doctors say might be the reason?

I bought miralax (Rx) and over the counter metamucil today.  I'll see if these help!


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   Posted 2/15/2007 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe what I am hearing. How does one function in those cases? Don't you feel terrible or swollen or something? What do you eat and do you take a laxative and still not go? It sounds like you need something to get the contractions going. I know we have a lot of intestines. Frankly I am not sure that at this point I would try Metamucil till you see Doctor. If you have a blockage I think it might make it worse. IMHO I hope you are seeing a Dr. and not just a nurse practioner though they can be very good. I am still in a state of shock that someone can walk around that long with all that you know what in them. I once didn't go for 4 days and couldn't believe it and I have IBS-C. Dr. said if I wasn't in pain, which I wasn't to take a laxative and stool softener and if that didn't work call him back.

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   Posted 2/16/2007 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was in hospital, I got so constipated due to new meds I was taking and the fact that I had to share a toilet with so many other people!!! I acyaully went 2 and a half weeks without going! It got me so worried, I would sit on the toilet every day and try my hardest!!!!!!!

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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/16/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Victoria said...
When I was in hospital, I got so constipated due to new meds I was taking and the fact that I had to share a toilet with so many other people!!! I acyaully went 2 and a half weeks without going! It got me so worried, I would sit on the toilet every day and try my hardest!!!!!!!

Wow, Victoria that must have been no fun at all!!!!
It is hard work for some of us and sometimes impossible!!
I'm glad you are no longer experiencing this problem and that you are doing much better! :)
Thanks so much for sharing!
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   Posted 2/16/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

FG, it is not unusual for me not to have a bowel movement for up to a week.  The longest I have gone (or in this case not gone) is three weeks.  I tried laxatives, but 7 or 8 had no results.  I even tried an enema.  I thought for sure that there was some sort of blockage, but my doctor didn't seem to concerned.  He did however finally give me medication that seemed to help, it is called Zelnorm.  I take it everyday! It has helped with the pain but I still wouldn't say that I am regular.

Hopefully your doctor will be able to help!


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   Posted 2/16/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Been in the hospital twice for this . Gastro dr. called in and didnt seem worried . It was 3 weeks for me . I have been on everything. including miralax and you are wasting your money . I was even on Charcoal. My meds are doing it to me . Dr. said Percocet is the worst . So off that and on Trammadol . well 14 enemas later I finally went. But have now bought Sennekot-(S) it is for people who take alot of medicene. It works but I go now every 3-4 days which is alot better than 3 weeks. Good luck
 
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Post Edited (razzle51) : 2/16/2007 12:52:25 PM (GMT-7)


lion00
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   Posted 2/17/2007 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Again, I have tried everything possible to relieve the constipation. Some of the meds might have different names in the uk but I've tried rom the start: Senokot, Senna, Fibrogel, Movocol, Micralax and long tube enemas. I've even took picolax (OMG, that worked!!, but it's really awful pain to get a bm) It took me a long time to get taken seriously though. 2 Years seeing some total moron who made me feel worse than ever. These type of doctors shoudln't be practicing. He more or less less nothing wrong. You try telling that to my bowel after three weeks of no bm! I asked my GP to refer me for a seconf opinion and te new consultant was fab. Seen him only once so far but he's already done more tests than the other one. He believes that I have a few problems. One e know for sure is the anal sphincter muscle isn't contracting correctly. The internal and external ones. But because the stool is remaining higher up in the colon this isn't the only problem. It affects my back terrible and I suffer serious backache and also lately repeated urine infections which he believes could be linked. My meds don't cause the constipation. I'm waiting for further testing but go back to see him in March. I really hope to get some answers then. I wish more doctors took this seriously. It can't be good to have this waste in our bodies for so long. It's full of toxins. I can only imagine what it's doing to me! I'll be sure to ask about the adhesions side of it though. I truly believe this could be the main problem. I've had about 6 abdominal surgeries and numerous laparotimies. What does your doctor think is the problem?
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   Posted 2/17/2007 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you ever tried colonic hydrotherapy? My friend had it the other day but I don't think I'd have the guts to!!

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lion00
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   Posted 2/17/2007 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
My consultant has suggested they may do something called an appendix wash? don't know much about it except you don't need to have your appendix to have one!!! I've never tried colonic hydrotherapy, is it like colonic irrigation? I'm worried as I wonder if it'll make things worse.
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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/17/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   

lion00, i am so so sorry that you had to go through docs who treated you badly!!!!!

I know how that feels!!!!!

In fact, if I were taken seriously before, I wouldn't be in this mess!!!!!

I probably have gastroparesis.  nerve damage in the stomach.  so I have slow emptying. 

I will tell you more about that later.  I'm going to try to go eat something now.

I hope everything works out with you!  Looking forward to more updates!!


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   Posted 2/24/2007 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Friendly - you are not alone. I too cannot go for 3 and 4 weeks. Sometimes it is agony. The bloating, the cramping, etc. I have been to umpteen doctors, but I seriously have not found a doc that truly cares. I've tried several of the OTC products and always with the same result: intense cramping and perhaps a tiny stool. I have not tried FLEET as of yet. I was wondering if anyone has?

thanks for listening.

I was also wondering about the colonic hydrotherapy, but am fearful.


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   Posted 2/24/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kagome,
Welcome to HealingWell!  :-)
Have you tried aloe vera?  It is a natural laxative.
I used Fleet Phosphosoda for my colonoscopy prep.  It worked great for me... Cleaned me completely out.  I wonder if someone using it for C relief should only take a portion of the dosage.  Maybe 1/2 of the dosage and then wait a few hours to see if it kicks in.  ???  Oh, I didn't have any cramps, bloating or gas with it either.  It didn't taste too good, but at least it wasn't the Golytely stuff.
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   Posted 2/25/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Kagome, thanks for sharing. :)

I am sorry that you have not found a doctor who takes this seriously!!  It is very serious!

I hope things work out for you.

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