Problems with constipation.?
Topic: Problems with constipation.?
April 26, 2019 / By Elden Question:
I've been having chronic constipation for over 10 years. I've adjusted my diet so many times and nothing has changed. I've taken every type of supplement like Metamucil and Fiber Con. They never made any difference.
I've also used enemas, stool softeners and suppositories. Sometimes they help, but my doctor says it's not a good idea to be on those for a long time.
Last week I called my doctor and he asked if I was married or had a boyfriend. I've been with the same guy for 5 years. He told me he wants us to come in and he's going to show him how to "disimpact" me so I don't have to be on medicine or come to the ER with any problems. He said he'd rather discuss it more when we come in. Can someone explain this?!!!
Thanks for those answers. Believe me when I say I've tried EVERYTHING. I started eating spicy foods, eaten food with lots of olive oil, plus tried every thing over the counter.
I'll say this again, I've done it all. Seen GI, had biopsies, every medicine. My doc seems to view this as a "Last Resort" short of taking out my colon and giving me a colostomy.
Best Answers: Problems with constipation.?
Carran | 9 days ago
I think this means your doctor is going to teach your boyfriend how to remove stool from your rectum when you are severely constipated.
It involves inserting a finger into the rectum while you are bearing down. With the inserted finger, he will pull out any stool that can be reached, and pull it out. He would continue doing that until your rectum is empty, or until you can go on your own.
Usually you would need to be in the dorsal lithotomy position to do this. This is the position you would be in while getting a pap smear at the doctor's office.
This is a procedure that every medical student is taught since the attending physicians don't want to do it. It is not usually messy because constipation causes the stools to be very hard and formed well.
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Originally Answered: Problems with constipation?
Please consider what foods you eat. My son was born with congenital thyroiditis, so I have been keenly aware of constipation for him. I make sure he eats plenty of roughage items...salads, fresh fruit (blueberries will loosen you up), lentils (any kind of beans----make some nice chili with red kidney, cannolini and black beans). If you consistently make sure you have plenty of this in your daily food intake, you will not have any problem!
If you eat a lot of white foods, pizza, pasta, cheese etc...you can expect to be bound up. Depending on laxatives is just not healthy. Try to minimize these items. Many people use psyllium and add it to their cereal in the morning, that works for some people. Personally I use ground flax seed, it is not expensive (one box for $4 at the supermarket) and I add it to just about everything I make, soups, salads, hummus etc. It's a great source of fiber and roughage, not to mention plant-based protein and a fantastic source of omega-3. Best of luck to you!
Disimpacting sounds pretty painful to me.
Try increasing your water consumption ten fold.
I can't believe you've suffered with this for 10 years. Metamucil and Fiber Con will only make it worse if you don't drink enough water. Have you tried natural remedies? Prune juice, apples, oatmeal every day? Avoid all white flour, bread, pasta, rice and stay away from cheese.
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That's just weird!!! I would go on a now over the counter medicine called glycolax, ask a pharamisist about it! it works very well, take it twice a day, once in the morning, once at night, and it's 100% OKAY to take for longs periods of time! Your body doesn't ever become reliable on them.
Trust me, it works wonders!
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Have you tried milk of magneisia, I had this problem for a very long time also and then This was suggested I have a good dose every morning and then every evening im smiling as im squirting the bathroom with air freshener!!!
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I feel your pain, I have been going through this my entire life. I have no clue what the Dr is talking about, though! I hope it's not anything like...you know. That'd just be wrong!
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Constipation or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to eliminate; it may be extremely painful, and in severe cases (fecal impaction) lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction. Obstipation refers to severe constipation. Causes of constipation may be dietary, hormonal, a side effect of medications, an illness or disorder, and anatomical. Treatment is with a change in dietary and exercise habits.
The main causes of constipation include:
Hardening of the feces
Insufficient intake of dietary fiber
Medication, e.g. diuretics and those containing iron, calcium, aluminium
Paralysis or slowed transit, where peristaltic action is diminished or absent, so that feces are not moved along
Hypothyroidism (slow-acting thyroid gland)
Injured anal sphincter (patulous anus)
Medications, such as loperamide, opioids (e.g. codeine & morphine) and certain antidepressants
Severe illness due to other causes; occasionally colds or flu
Acute porphyria (a very rare inherited condition)
Dyschezia syn(usually the result of suppressing defecation)
Constriction, where part of the intestine or rectum is narrowed or blocked, not allowing feces to pass
Tumors, either of the bowel or surrounding tissues
Retained foreign body
Psychosomatic constipation, based on anxiety or unfamiliarity with surroundings.
Constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, characterized by a combination of constipation and abdominal discomfort and/or pain
In people without medical problems, the main intervention is the increase of fluids (preferably water) and dietary fiber. The latter may be achieved by consuming more vegetables and fruit, whole meal bread and by adding linseeds to one's diet. The routine non-medical use of laxatives is to be discouraged as this may result in bowel action becoming dependent upon their use. Enemas can be used to provide a form of mechanical stimulation.
Laxatives may be necessary in people in whom dietary intervention is not effective or is inappropriate. Stimulant laxatives (e.g. senna) are generally avoided, as they may worsen crampy sensations commonly experienced in constipation. In various conditions (such as the use of codeine or morphine), combinations of hydrating (e.g. lactulose or glycols), bulk-forming (e.g. psyllium) and stimulant agents may be necessary. Many of the products are widely available over-the-counter.
Enemas and clysters are a remedy occasionally used for hospitalized patients in whom the constipation has proven to be severe, dangerous in other ways, or resistant to laxatives. Sorbitol, glycerin and arachis oil suppositories can be used. Severe cases may require phosphate solutions introduced as enemas.
Constipation that resists all the above measures requires physical intervention. Manual disimpaction (the physical removal of impacted stool) is done by patients who have lost control bowels secondary to spinal injuries. Manual disimpaction is also a used by physicians and nurses to relieve rectal impactions. Finally, manual disimpaction can occasionally be done under sedation or a general anesthetic—this avoids pain and loosens the anal sphincter.
In alternative and traditional medicine, colonic irrigation, enemas, exercise, diet and herbs are used to treat constipation.
Constipation is usually easier to prevent than to treat. The relief of constipation with osmotic agents, i.e. lactulose, Polyethyleneglycol(PEG), or magnesium salts, should immediately be followed with prevention using increased fiber(fruits and vegetables) and a nightly decreasing dose of osmotic laxative. With continuing narcotic use, for instance, nightly doses of osmotic agents can be given indefinitely (without harm) to cause a daily bowel movement.
Recent controlled studies have questioned the role of physical exercise in the prevention and management of chronic constipation, while exercise is often recommended by published materials on the subject.
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Ok, first, I dont want my husband to ever "dismpact" me! He was in ther oom when I gave birth and although he didnt look, that was gross enough! Ew.
Anyway, first off, you need to get a regular GI doc. If you are having chronic constipation and all typical remedies have not worke dyou need to be tested for several possible things, one of them being Celiac Disease (CD.)
Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic disorder. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein, called gluten, sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, in turn, causes the small intestine to lose its ability to absorb the nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications.
The offending protein, gluten, is found in wheat, barley, rye, and to a lesser extent, oats (WBRO). Related proteins are found in triticale, spelt, kamut. Refer to grains and flours Glossary for a more extensive list of both safe and offending grains.
Celiac Disease is:
* a genetic, inheritable disease.
* linked to genetically transmitted histocompatibility cell antigens (HLA DR3-DQ2, DR5/7 DQ2, and DR4-DQ8).
* COMMON. Approximately 1 in 133 people have CD, however, only about 3% of these have been diagnosed. This means that there are over 2.1 million undiagnosed people with celiac disease in the United States.
* characterized by damage to the mucosal lining of the small intestine which is known as villous atrophy.
* responsible for the malabsorption of nutrients resulting in malnutrition.
* linked to skin blisters known as dermatitis herpetiformis (DH).
* not age-dependent. It may become active at any age.
Celiac Disease is NOT:
* simply a food allergy.
* an idiosyncratic reaction to food proteins (mediated by IgE).
* typified by a rapid histamine-type reaction (such as bronchospasm, urticaria, etc.).
The Damaging Proteins
The term "gluten" is, in a sense, a generic term for the storage proteins that are found in grains. In reality, each type of protein - gliadin in wheat, secalin in rye, hordein in barley, avenin in oats, zein in corn and oryzenin in rice - is slightly different from the others. The "gluten" in wheat, rye, barley, and in a much lower amount, oats, contains particular amino acid sequences that are harmful to persons with celiac disease.
The symptoms of celiac disease (CD) vary so widely among patients that there is no such thing as a "typical celiac." The amount of intestinal damage that has occurred and the length of time nutrient absorption has been abnormal seem to be the factors that determine the type and severity of symptoms experienced. It is interesting to note that some people with CD report no symptoms at all.
"Celiac disease is one of the great mimics in gastroenterology in particular and medicine in general. Of 100 patients with CD, just over 10 percent present with classical overt symptoms of malabsorption such as weight loss, diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies. About 10 percent are incorrectly diagnosed for some length of time, in some cases years. Forty percent present in an atypical manner, which leads to lengthy delay in diagnosis. About 33 percent of patients have clinically silent disease and 7 percent have latent CD (no symptoms or small bowel lesion but will develop CD later, or had disease at an early age and resolved)."
C. Robert Dahl, MD, "Celiac Disease: The Great Mimic Presentation," CSA Annual Conference, September 2000,
So please, please seek a professional opinion from a GI doc who UNDERSTANDS Celiac Disease. The blood tests to ask for are to test levels of IGG, IGA, TTG antibodies in your blood. Often an endoscopy is done to confirm damage to the intestines. Having someone to 'disimpact' you should NOT be a way of life or solution to this problem. CD is an EXTREMELY common yet misdiagnosed disease and the solution is simple, eat gluten free. There are no meds, no surgeries, just eat gluten free--but you must be consumign gluten when you're being tested or the testing will be inconclusive. Please seek further medical help or email me personally for more information! You are not alone but there is a solution. Amy, Chairperson for Louisiana NOrth Shore Celiac Sprue Association
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Originally Answered: 1yr old been having problems with constipation since 6m, is this normal?
I breastfed my daughter for the first 9 months of her life (Only stopped because she got teeth and decided to start biting lol) But as soon as I tried switching to formula she had horrible constipation. I tired quite a few diferent brands and also the sensitive types but she still was having horrible pain and constipation. I gave her apple juice which helped alot but she needed the vitamins and everything else formula does. My mother suggested I give her whole milk at 10 months because she went through the same thing with me and that worked for her. So just to try it I gave her 8oz half milk half water. First of all she loved it! And we had a full diaper that night, I was so relieved. Watching our babies hurt and not knowing what to do is the worst feeling ever. I know milk is not suposed to be introduced until 12mo but every child is diferent. To supplement the vitamins she would have gotten from the formula I found some awesome baby liquid vitamins at walgreens. She had no problems taking those and switching to milk was a life saver. As soon as she turned a year I quit watering it down and she got the straight stuff, which if possible she loved even more. I think she got it from me because I have been a milk lover my whole life, I swear we can go through a gallon in two days. So it cant hurt to try it as long as you can find some liquid vitamins, but like I said every baby is diferent so this is just what worked for us. Good luck mommy! I hope you and your baby girl can get some relief soon!!