really bad bout of constipation

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 10/21/2010 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone,I'm renee. i'm really not sure what to do..really glad this site is here,it's been really helpful.:)so,about me... i've had constipation problems as long as i can remember(I'm 18 now) my doctor put me on miralax last year and it's helped-i felt almost normal for the longest time,except i'm vegan and do have to be very careful what i eat. but i went home to visit for awhile because my dad is having some problems,and i like totally snapped under the stress and ate all the wrong things. i've been back at school for a week now,and it's been about a week and a half since i had a bm.(so mad at myself for eating all of the junk I did...grr!) i've tried everything,and i'm getting so scared! even mag.citrate,but all i did was pass liquid. i went to the ER and he said no blockage(this was before I took the citrate) and that he thought I would be okay if I took it. idk what to do...I feel like I'm gonna die,I'm in pain.:( i have to go back to school,but i just feel so awful. does anyone have any advice for this? I think if I could just find something that would clean me out my bowel function would return to my "normal." or at least,I pray it will. i've been eating because the doc told me not to stop,but I'm feeling so sick I'm gonna fast until I'm better,I'm always so scared my intestines might pop or something. (everyone says it's irrational,but they all have functioning digestive systems!)do you think this my make me go,if I don't eat for awhile?what do they do if none of the laxatives work,not even a water-enema? I've been reading about the test for cholonic inertia,and I talked to my doctor about it,but the miralax had started working,so we hadn't discussed it further. I'm scared to have surgery,to have my colon removed at only 18,so I think I've been putting off getting a diagnosis. does anyone have any ideas for what I should do?I'm going back to the ER tomorrow,dunno what they'll do to help,they seem to have no clue.:( good luck to everyone here-ypu all see like really kind people.hopefully we'll all feel better soon,this sucks!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 624
   Posted 10/21/2010 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Renee
This is a difficult one but you are in extreme discomfort.  I agree with you ..and i think if nothing is coming out then why put more in..i would stay on soft soupy foods and be careful not to take high fibre carbs right now cause it may not be helpful whilst you are bunged up, and dont even bother eating if you dont feel like it - sounds like your bowel is overloaded and gone a bit inert. 
I think if you have had constipated problems all your life then yes it is time to get to the root of and go see a colorectal surgeon - its not the end of life as we know it to be wihtout a bowel expecialy one that is causing miserable for goodness how long.  Even if the Mirilax is working dont mean a thing cause it has to work ALL the time so you can have quality of life..  i know where you are coming from.  we are here to help.
karen x
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal
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