hi backed up (arent we all?) i definitely feel for you. im a 26yo female very new to this site. been suffering from chronic constipation since i can remember. completely unable to have a bowel movement without LARGE amounts of harsh laxatives. i have high tension pelvic floor dysfunction that completely defies all treatment and therapy i can throw at it. meeting with a surgeon on wed to discuss a subtotal colectomy as all other options have been exhausted.
my mom actually has redundant colon and got the runaround from doctors for years. she's been taking laxatives to poop since before i was born. shes had to deal with lots of pain thru the years, but doctors told her there was nothing they could do and that she just had to continue taking laxatives. she had her gall bladder removed at the end of last year and she says the pain she feels has completely gone, but she still cant poop. i told her she should just go in and have her colon shortened, but shes sick of having to fight for a normal life and has decided to live off laxatives forever.
please keep on the doctors to make you well. no one should have to live in constant pain and discomfort. ive been seeing doctors since i was in high school and they all dismissed me. i finally found a good specialist who has been on my side to get me well. but that process is even going on 3 years now. dont give up! stay positive (i know its hard). its a long tedious process, but i know its gonna be worth it.