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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 42 years old - I quit smoking 6 months ago.  Since that time i have been constipated and when I do go - my stools are soft and flat.  I have to "wipe" about 10 times and never feel fully "empty".  I have had it.  I am going on Thursday to have colon irrigation by a colon hydrotherapist.  Has anyone done this?  Please tell me it isn't as bad as I think it will be. sad

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   Posted 1/30/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PP,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
I'm sorry to tell you this, but most likely the irrigation will not fix your problem. It may improve it for the 1st week or so, but it isn't the end-all to your problem. Additionally, colon cleansing can be dangerous -- please make sure you are being monitored by a physician at all times. (You will find MANY people on this site, along with many docs, who do not approve of colon cleansing.) I hope you did your research before opting for this.
Have you tried adding prune juice or fiber to your diet along with lots of water? Have you spoken to your doc about Zelnorm? Aloe vera has also been known to be a natural and safe laxative.
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   Posted 1/30/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)

This is an old post. Notice someone mentions having this done and that it was painful and that she went right back to having bad gas and bloating about a week afterwards. It's almost certain to be a waste of your money and time, plus there's the whole pain thing. I agree with Lil that if you feel constipated, a better bet is a regimen of fiber, prune juice and/or aloe vera capsules to maintain bowel function.

You mention that this seems to have started when you went off cigarettes. I don't know of anything in cigarettes that keeps your bowels regular, but I do know that people who go off cigarettes tend to start eating more. Have you examined your diet to see if you're eating more food that might cause you to get backed up? Fast food and vending machine snacks are loaded with trans fats, which can clog some people up. Also, cheese and other dairy products can be constipating. Keep a food diary and see if you notice (or better yet, give it to someone else to examine on your behalf; sometimes what seems normal to us is irregular to other people) an especially high intake of any particular food group, and see if lowering your consumption helps.

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   Posted 1/30/2007 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it is possible that a change in body chemistry when you quit smoking may be a culprit. I know many people that never had thyroid problems start having them so it does something. I would just increase your fiber and try the prune joice. Amazing stuff. Your body will take a while to adjust to its new self. Give it time adm don't go back to smoking. Also nicotine is supposed to relax the stomach, I heard.
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