lol, I have heard of the bomb, and yes, I have tried it! I have done sooo much research on things to try. I remember I was eating some every night for awhile to help me go with no luck. Yes, I did try benefiber for awhile, citrucel. I remember I was really faithful on the citrucel for awhile, and I felt really full. It was still a week or more till I went, not very much luck. I think I only went a couple times that month when I stayed on citurcel for quite awhile. Both times were just explosions b/c my colon finally just had it; at least it did finally come out, but boy, was it painful! Didn't really feel better!
lol, other things I have tried, magnesium supplements, probiotics, the list goes on! I even tried going gluten-free for a week, no-dairy, and I tried following religious Heather Van Vorous IBS diet. Of course, all these things I found out didn't work b/c of my kink in my colon where my stool was getting stuck.
Now, I haven't really done anything besides laxatives since surgery b/c my body just can't handle it. I stick to things on what I think I can handle, maybe a few fruit and veggies here and now, and I am still waiting to see what the this new colo-rectal surgeon will say about my newly formed stricture from surgery.
Yes, you are describing exactly the way I feel about laxatives. I remember my surgeon was saying, well take a couple dulcolax with MOM. That would be a disaster. Yes, they can cramp me all day, too, take forever to work, or not work at all! Yes, it will work a little bit, but I still can't get it all out, then maybe later, I can get a little bit more. I don't understand why I can't get it all out at once. It is hard for me! Yes and yes, pain without a laxative, pain with a laxative. I know some people are like, oh, I take something, go, and I am on my way with my day! Why can't I do that? I am jealous, too!
I get really jealous b/c sometimes on the weekend my roommate gets very busy, and I actually ate more than him one day (he is a big eater!), and he still goes the next day! I don't! Don't understand! I can tell you one thing as you have read from my posts; I am tired of this trapped air (gas) inside me all the time, especially on my left side that I can never get out unless I am totally and completely relaxed, non-disturbed, not too much food in me, with a heating pad trying to force it out (at work sometimes I try to push gas out of me to feel better! It is soo hard sometimes!). I think I let most gas out upwards instead of downwards! Still many questions, and hopefully my stricture will get fixed soon, and this next colo-rectal surgeon will do more tests for me!
Oh, and my mom made her most recent suggestion of going alternative and doing like accpuncture or something. Umm, yeah, I am right on that mom.