I'll be 41 years old in november and I've been having very similar symptoms to yours for about
18 years. In fact, my symptoms can be much worse. I'm always constipated and cannot go without laxatives. Sometimes I'll have pains and try to go, but then I start to feel nauseous and faint, start vomiting, and start to sweat profusely. Once I pass some solid stool the rest will come out loose. There have been times when I've had to lay on the bathroom floor because I felt so faint while sitting on the toilet. Sometimes I would wind up in the bath tub with vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. I would lay in the bath tub because I could barely keep conscious and didn't want to make a mess on the floor. My doctor told me the fainting is probably a vaso vagal attack. Sometimes extreme pain can stimulate the vagus nerve and make you faint. It tends to happen if I'm not very vigilant in keeping my bowels moving. I can't even let a week go by without going to the bathroom or I run the risk of such attacks.
After years of going through this, I've finally seen another doctor that did a Sitz Mark study. That is a study where you swallow a capsule filled with little rings that show up on X-rays. I took the capsule on a saturday and went on a monday for my first X-ray. Then my next two X-rays were done on wednesday and friday. The test will see how quickly the rings move through your intestines. I was not allowed to take any laxatives before or durting the test. They want to see how your bowel functions without any help from laxatives. My doctor said my large bowel isn't hardly working at all, he said I have severe colonic inertia. I subsequently went for pelvic floor studies and was told that was fine.
Anyway, I now need to have a colectomy, the removal of my entire large bowel. My doctor said the only thing is I will be going to the bathroom about 5-6 times a day for quite a few months after the operation. Then it usually slows down to about 3-4 movements a day. I will find out more particulars this wednesday about any other possible tests I'll need and when the operation will be. I'm very nervous about the surgery, but I don't want to live anymore with the possibility of those horrible attacks happening.
By the way, I won't need a colostomy bag because the surgeon will connect the small bowel directly to the rectum, so I'm happy about that.
I just want to get this over with and try to live a normal life.
Sorry to hijack your thread, I guess my nerves just made me want to ramble on.