I have NEVER been pregnant, actually! No hysterectomy. I have lost massive amounts of weight if that is helpful.
2b: By constipation, I mean - I have problem going to the bathroom and moving stool out of my colon. Every xray I have shows a large amount of stool. I've had 2 CT scans w/oral and IV contrast, MRI defecography, gastrograffin barium enema (wasn't able to move the fluid out...could hear it sloshing around in my intestines), colonoscopy, several series of xrays including the sitzmarker study, and MRI of pelvis and abdomen with IV and oral constrast with MRCP to check on pancreas and gallbladder (I have mildly high lipase and liver enzymes).
All my studies (except for the defecogram) came back as functionally normal, just MASSIVE amounts of stool in the colon.
Nothing works. Amitiza, miralax, colace, magnesium oxide supplementation, glycerin suppositories, enemas. Actually I feel like it makes my pain worse because it adds more liquid and bulk to my stool that just sits in my colon. The stools I pass are actually really soft and not hard...I just can't move 'em along, and if they are too soft, they actually come out pencil thin probably from the pelvic floor stuff.
Right now I am on misoprostol 4x/day, colace, milk of magnesia. I eventually do have bowel movements, never go like a week or a month like some stories I have read, but I am in pain or discomfort almost everyday and have fear of eating.
I am very depressed over this. Just really zapped of energy and feeling so "heavy" all the time.
No bladder issues--no incontinence or anything.
I just don't know how much longer I can deal with this. I know some people do it for 5, 10, 15 years...I just don't even think I can take another few months. I found out it was going to take 6 weeks to get in to the colorectal surgeon and my heart just sank. I'm just getting NO relief at all. I would probably be ok if I at least had something that worked (even if it were unpleasant), but nothing works anymore.