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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you suffer from frequent constipation, and if so, what do you do for it?

I was diagnosed several years ago with IBS, and my predominant symptom is constipation. I have so many chronic illnesses and take so many meds that it is hard to manage.

Depending on the illness, I'm supposed to eat this or don't eat that, etc. It's hard to figure out a balance to keep everything in check.

Thanks in advance.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Austen,
I can understand your frustration. I had been chronically constipated since birth untill last year when I had my large intestine removed becuase 'it was dead'. It took ten years of teling doctors that this is more than just constipation and to try and get them to understand the effect on my life. When I relocated to another area the docotr referred me on my first visit to a consultant. i had an appointment within 3 weeks and I had surgery within 2 weeks of that consulation. He didn't do test or anything, he said the problm was so obvious a trainned monkey could have spotted it. He said that they could continue with laxatives and minor surgical procedures, btu I would always end up at Total Colectomy Surgery. No messing around he just did it- to great relief.
I was so angry at all those years I had spent ignored, embarassed and afraid to say anything. The best advice I can give you is don't take no for an answer, insist on being referred to a consultant and xplore every option. Don't take the 'you just need to drink more water and eat more fibre' as the only method of treatment. You will find that when your constipation is bad your fibromyalgia will play up too! I question everything now and I don't leave untill I get what I want, only you know your body and what is normal and what isn't. All I would say is that don't underestimate the effects of Stress for your IBS, get yourself chilled out ASAP. All my family have IBS and I can't belive the difference when they are on holidays or having a good week at work etc. Ask to see a dietician and they will help yu develop an eating plan to help everything. As a rule- no processed food, no alcohol, no smoking!
Thanks, Chaza 

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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes...yes I do!  I have tried everything, believe me...Miralax, all kinds of fiber products.  I know I don't drink enough water and my doc said that is the key.  I take 500 mgs of magnesium a day for Lexapro withdrawal and that would keep most people sleeping next to their toilets.  Nope...Nuthin! I was told many years ago that I probably had IBS but dismissed the dx because I never had the alternating diarrhea.  I guess you don't have to have diarrhea to have IBS.  If you find something that works, other than a grenade, let me know!  Oh, and P.S.  I have been eating Yoplait plus everyday now for about six months.  Guaranteed to relieve irregularity or your money back.  I think it's about time they wrote me a check.



fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil

Post Edited (vestabula) : 1/6/2010 8:16:57 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/6/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to have my colon removed too.  It's called an ileostomy and we usually don't have problems with constipation but I take a little over 700 mg of magnesium and still don't get diarrhea!
But, if I eat too much fiber or things like bananas and rice, I'm practically doubled over in pain because that is very constipating to me!  I do eat fiber but not a ton of it.  Maybe see if that will help you.  I think everyone's system is different.  Just like fibro, what will work for one doesn't necessarily work for another. 
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