Posted 6/19/2011 1:13 PM (GMT -6)
I'm 28 years old and male, and have been suffering with constipation and bladder urgency problems for about 3 years.
Regarding the constipation, it was diagnosed 2 months ago as IBS-C (the doctor actually just said 'IBS' and I've presumed IBS-C from what I've read online). Consequently I've made some lifestyle changes to try and cope with the problem (mainly by getting more exercise, eating 3 proper meals a day, eating more fruit and veg, cutting out sugary drinks for juice or water, taking a daily probiotic drink), this does seem to have helped with increasing the number of bowel movements I experience, however I still find I will suffer from either the feeling of 'incomplete evacuation' and/or from painful bloating. This weekend I've been reading the book Irritable Bowel Solutions by John Hunter, which suggests trying a low fibre diet with a bulking agent supplement to try and eliminate the IBS symptoms and the bloating. I intend on going back to the doctor for advice on this idea, but would anyone have any suggestions regarding the diet, or on what I should ask the doctor?
Regarding the bladder urgency, this started not long after the constipation problems hit me 3 years ago. From what I've read this isn't directly caused by IBS, but by something related? This seems possible as the urgency for me to urinate occurs every day, throughout the day, even if my bowels are not causing any problems at the time. The doctor has had me doing the Kegel pelvic floor exercises these past 2 months, and it feels like they have strengthened the muscles down there to a degree, but it doesn't seem to have helped with the sudden onset of the need to urinate, which will occur even when my bladder contains as little as 120ml. Sometimes I can 'fight back' the urge (which the doctor told me I need to do), while other times I can't fight it at all and have to race for the bathroom (and if I'm honest, sometimes I don't make it). Should I just continue with the exercises, and perhaps the urges will die down? Or should I try something else, or is this another question for the doctor? When I went to see them the last couple of times, it seemed like the constipation was the priority and the bladder urgency was a side issue. But from my perspective they are both equally debilitating problems!
Anyway thanks for reading this far, and any advice is greatly appreciated!