Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:46 AM
Did you ever try smoking again and see what happens?I don't know if every one gets constipated immediately upon quitting smoking. But in my case, it was slow progress. (So I am not sure if smoking has anything to do with my case)First 3 months after quitting, I felt no difference,after 3 months, I had less frequent BM. (barely noticeable though)after 7 months, stool got harder but still pretty much regular...after 12 months, severely constipated.Anyone experienced the same after quit smoking???
I'm new here. But, I'd like to add my experience.IBS really affected me in my younger years, especially throughout grade school. It would get especially bad during quite reading time or test times, when the whole class would be quiet, and when I knew there'd be no chance of going to the washroom. I would panic, and it would make me have to go. My teachers always thought I was "skipping out" to dodge tests, which wasn't the case. The more important the test, the more I had to go. I would even miss the bus if I got too nervous while waiting, ...and without having a second car at home, I missed a lot of school.Similarly, anything I did where I knew there wasn't a bathroom around made me go. I would always have to come back in after a half an hour out on my dad's boat. And, when my dad bought a boat with a toilet, my episodes would be less frequent as I at least knew there was a toilet near by if I really had to go.Well, a year or two into high school, I started smoking. My IBS started to become much more manageable. I started to become 'regular'. I would always have what I called 'morning poops'. It was like every morning after having a cigarette or two, I would go to the washroom and be good for the rest of the day for the most part. I also noticed if I had a pop/cola first thing in the morning, I would have to go to the washroom immediately (not that I would do this often, but, if I did, I was in the bathroom after just a sip or two).Anyway, since being addicted to smoking, I felt my IBS was cured. Sure, there'd be some moments where there wasn't a washroom around that I'd feel I'd have to go. But, those times because much more rare, and the problem really didn't exist for me anymore. Even if I did feel I needed to go, I had little trouble 'holding it' until I could get to a rest room.So, fast-forward to today. I'm a 28/M, and have recently quit smoking. Sure, I still have maybe a smoke or 4 on the weekends (lol), but for the most part, I'm having maybe 3 smokes a week (sometimes none) compared to 25 smokes a day, in the past. Well, since quitting, my IBS has returned. It wasn't until recently that I made a connection with smoking and IBS.I don't know what kind of IBS I have. But, it seems to be just as bad as I remember it. I might not have to go at all, all day long. Then, suddenly, as I get to the door to go out somewhere, it hits me. Knowing there might not be a washroom for the next 5 minutes or so gives me the urgency to go. I can't stand it. Not only that, but I've moved into an apartment before quitting smoking. And, now, my drive to work is 45 excruciating minutes. I even have problems driving my girlfriend to work in the morning, and that's only a 3 minute drive from home.Now, I don't know what I'm going to do about it. But, I know there's no way I'm going back to smoking. I'd rather poop myself to death than start smoking again. I say this because I've read a few posts here where people have considered smoking to 'cure' their IBS problem. I must urge you not to start. I cringe thinking about how much money I've wasted on smoking, and how much better my life would be now if I had never started. Since I've quit, it seems as if my bank account is just overflowing with money. lol Seriously. Not to mention the health benefits of quitting, and how nobody at the office hates me for stinking up the place anymore.Anyway, I just wanted to share that with everyone here. If anyone has any tips/experience with developing IBS again after quitting smoking, I'd love to hear about it. Until then, I'll be running back to the toilet 3-4 times every time I get to the door to go out.