Hi, I am new to this forum. And I have read so much since I found this and it has been wonderful information!! So about me and why I am here. I am 34yo female with what I was told about 5 years ago IBS-C, which was really bad cramping, bloating, constipation. I had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy and everything was fine, was told by my GI to eat some fiber, take bentyl for the cramping, use miralax for the constipation. I am 5'4" and 150 lbs. I can go up to about 160 something when I am full.
So to 2010, I have been having extreme left sided upper abd pain, bloating to look like I am 4-5 months pregnant, I have a BM without a laxative about once every 9-12 days, with laxatives that have sennosides in them or miralax it is about once every 5 days or so. When I do end up going, I don't empty myself. But I have nausea, sweating, hot flashes while I am going and it takes forever. I also have to push on my abd and push it through my colon to make its way out. Like there is no motility in me.
I just moved to this area and have a new GI doc, saw him for the first time about 2-3 weeks ago and the first thing he said to me after I described everything to him is that I do not have IBS. I have chronic constipation, which I knew. and I possibly have colonic inertia. So he sent me for a sitz marker study. I did it and on the 5th day, all 24 markers where still there and some in the transverse and in the descending and a few in the colon. They had me go back on day 8 and I had one of my large BMs on day 7, and all were gone.
My BM's are not hard, I do not strain, they are soft, formed but long and I have to help them out.
I see my GI to go over the sitz marker study on this coming mondayy, 12 Jul and I guess he will tell me what we do next because I am pretty sure that it is not normal to have all the sitz markers in you on day 5.
I normally take some miralax every other day and also take stool softner/sennoside everyday and that is what makes me go every 5 or so days.
Any advice would be grateful. I am also active duty Air Force so this can possibly be a career ender due to surgery but I really just wnat to be comfortable and happy. Right now I come home and lay in bed because I am in pain after working all day and being up and running around all day. And listen to my stomach pop and move all around.