I too had many years of constipation and if you read my signature numerous other problems. I didn't realize that I was supposed to be having bms every day or several a week until I met my current husband and he told me there was something wrong with me because I didn't go everyday or close to it. I told him there was something wrong with him because he did. I usually went once every couple of weeks. Things got so bad that when I did a colonoscopy prep the prep stayed in me for 10 days; it was at that time that I was diagnosed as having severe IBS-C and was told to take 4 capfuls of miralax daily along with 4 tbsp of lactulose. This allowed me to have 2 bms a week and my GI was happy with that but within a year things slowed down again and then we added amitiza twice a day, this worked for a while too but then things slowed down to pellet like bms once every wo weeks if I was lucky. It was at this time that my GI said I needed the surgery-I had never heard of it and was devestated as I had had sooooooo many surgeries and had been layed up every year for the past 5 years. This was also my 4th GI dr (I had traveled 6 hours away to my last one and he recommended this one who was 3 hours away because he was closer to me). I went to the surgeon he recommended and he ordered the sitz marker test and anal manotry but my GI didn't do them so I had to go to yet another GI.
This GI does extensive sitz marker testing like no others do and I had to be x-rayed everyday except Sundays for almost for weeks-and yes we had to drive 3 hours one way every day. But it was soooooo worth it because he figured out how bad my colon was and said I definetly needed to have my colon removed. I had all but 2 inches removed last July and have NEVER been healthier or felt better.
And yes, I had all kinds of food problems and stomach problems before the surgery. I was on a wheat free diet and had sensitivities to all kinds of foods. I now have to watch my wheat intake but not like before and can eat most anything except I have to be on a low residue diet due to the surgery, fresh fruits,raw veggies, seeds and nuts cause excessive D and can cause blockages. Not all people who have the surgery have to remain on the diet though.
If you have any more questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Like I said it was the best thing I ever did and I really didn't realize how sick I was or how bad I felt until after I had the surgery.
I wish you the best and hope you feel better,