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#1 holypoop

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 11:43 AM

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Hi, I've searched all around the internet and I'm unable to find a solution to my situation. I found a very similar situation on this forum, but it was a very old post and the thread starter never followed up on his situation so I will start this thread outlining my problem.

BM has never been much of an issue for me, I would get constipated occasionally but it would never be painful and I would always end up relieving myself after a while without doing anything special.

However this year I started having bouts of constipation. I would never go more than 3 days without a BM, but I could spend a week constipated due to incomplete bowel movements, or perhaps I would have a BM one day then miss the next, always playing catchup. At the beginning of the year I would get bloated, and my stools would be dry and hard, typical constipation symptoms. However during the past 3 months I'm experiencing something different.

It always starts off with an incomplete BM, or perhaps a whole day without a BM. This usually happens due to me having to get up at a different time than the time that I usually get up at. Literally a day after this, I start to get uncomfortable feelings. Bloating, rumbling, pressure in my tummy, pain. However even if I BM the next day, the stools are not hard, they're soft and loose. Also there's a feeling that I still have a lot more stools in there that haven't come out. However I won't BM for the rest of the day, next morning I'll probably repeat the same thing, incomplete BM with loose thin stools. The bloating, pressure and pain continuous for over a week before I finally start to regain normal BM. I then feel fine for maybe 1-2 weeks until I have another incomplete BM.

I'm a 17 year old male, healthy diet and exercise a lot. My diet is consistent and rarely changes. I've yet to go to a doctor about this, because every time I'm at the peak and I feel like I need to, I naturally recover and feel fine for a few weeks.

It's terribly frustrating to not understand what my problem is. These bouts of uncomfortable sensations are heavily affecting my life, I just feel tired, lose appetite, don't even feel like exercising or studying or anything because of the constant pain.

It gets to the point where I would give anything to rid myself of this problem, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help me out.

#2 annie7

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 12:00 PM

just a thought but if you are having trouble with incomplete bowel movements and keep feeling like you need to go all day, you could have pelvic floor dysfunction.  have you been tested for that? with pfd, the pelvic floor muscles do not  coordinate and/or relax properly to allow easy passage of stool. ineffective pelvic floor muscle coordination results in inadequate relaxation of the pelvic floor while attempting to have a BM. the puborectalis muscle tightens and contracts when it is supposed to relax to allow passage of stool.  so you can't get it all out (incomplete) and keep having that "have to go " feeling all day.
 
pelvic floor dysfunction is not just a women's problem.  men can develop it too.
 
pfd is more of a daily thing  and you did say that you don't have this problem every day  but i thought i'd mention it anyway, just in case it helps.
 
a defecatory proctogram test will show if you have pfd as well as reveal if you have any other outlet problems like a rectal prolapse, etc. an anal manometry also helps diagnose pelvic floor problems.
 
biofeedback and physical therapy can be effective in correcting pfd.
 
also elevating your feet on something like a footstool, shoebox etc while sitting on a toilet can help straighten out the anorectal angle and allow for a more complete evacuation. so can using a squatty potty.  you might have to do some experimenting to find the right height.
 
 you might want to mention this to your gastro doctor and ask to get tested for it. here is a good link explaining it
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these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.






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