Hello everyone,I'm new on here. Here's my situation,I have delt with constipation since as young as I can remember. Going once a week had always been normal for me.Then when I got pregnant 14 years ago, the constipation got worse over all.I was having a BM about once every two weeks. I've always had excessive gas since I can remember. However, it was truly humiliating that I got mistaken as being pregnant.Well,I kept going to,Dr's and all would say,I'm constipated,prescirbe Miralax, stool softeners, Metemucill and I consume a lot of fiber,water and finally I started working out,because after years of suffering from this,as far back as I can remember,I convinced myself it was belly fat. Finally, even after beginning to work out, I noticed my energy level wasn't imporoving but was deterioating. I finally then discovered a,D.O Doctor that treats the whole body and not just symptoms a few weeks ago and she refered me to a GI dr because I was finally experiencing lots of blood loss during bowl movements that she thought may be endometriosis or ulcerative colitis,or colon cancer. So it took all of that to get refered to a GI dr. I had a colonoscopy 3 weeks ago and have a fissure,hemmoroids and that's when I got diangosed IBS-C. I suspected for many years I had IBS_C due to reading the symptoms but whenever I asked Dr's about that possibility in the past,they blew me off as constipation and sent me on my way with laxatives. After years of taking laxatives, they quit working.
My Dr prescribed,amitiza 24 MCG and didn't inform me of anything about this drug,but when I first took it,I experienced nausea and diaherreah,but my DR advised me I take it with Miralax. I discovered if I don't take it with Miralax, I will not have a BM. I saw my GI today and told him what I'm experiencing and told him,I'd rather deal with diaherreah then being so constipated, I have no energy and extreme pain that keeps me up.He suggested,I take one pill a day,take it with a heavy meal and skip a day if I need to,just as long as I don't get constipated. I have also researched that anti depressants and Peppermint oil or peppermint capsules help. I bought peppermint capsules today,had a BM and am already 8 pounds dropped in bloating thus far! The abdominal pain is minimum but to me this is far better then the pain from constipation and humiliation of bloating being mistaken as fat. No one understands just how much this makes us suffer and is great to have a support system. I have also read that Herbal colon cleansers work well for some,incase you cannot take amitiza. I hope this helps