Posted 2/17/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)
Hello, first time i've asked for medical help on a forum :)
I'm a 20 year old male, for the past week i have noticed i have had constipation, it really seemed to start after a night out when a large amount of alcohol was consumed (UK drinking age is 18 btw), anyway i figured it was just dehydration due to alcohol, so i kept up 2/3 litres of water per day, the day after the night of drinking. I't hasn't seemed to help so far, so i started started taking a stimulant laxative called dulcolax, so far i took 1 50mg when i bought them and then another 2 that night. The next day, there was not much improvement. When i tried to go, only small slivers came out, and they seemed pretty soft and smeary (pardon my descriptiveness).
I was worried about how long i could go without pooping so i started not eating very much, i did have a 200g portion of dry bran flakes though to build up fiber (200g met the RDA). I took another 2 50mg tablets of dulcolax that night and this morning, i seem to be having short bouts of diarrhea every time i go to the toilet. It doesn't feel like a full sittings worth comes out each time, and then i seem to be blocked up again. happened about 3 times so far.
I'm pleased that at least something is coming out, the dulcolax seemed to give me cramps. i'll take another 2 tonight though. Or maybe i should get something stronger, perhaps a suppository.
I've only been constipated once before, about 7 or 8 years ago, and that passed in a few days. Never had much issues before other than finding blood on the tissue paper, although im 100% certain this is because of a small crack on the skin around my anus, that heals up right after it cracks after i poop. Only ever had diarrhea with flu/bad food, never on it's own.
I am lactose intolerant, and to be honest i was going a little heavy on myself lately (some chocolate and muffins), but i've had more than that before without any major issues like this, it usually just comes out as a few spots on my face.
Anyway, i hope this isn't IBS as i dont think i've had any issues with it before.
Please let me know what you think.