Posted 03 April 2020 - 07:06 AM
I have had chronic constipation for over 10 years since I was a teenager. At times this has been so bad that I haven't gone for a month. However in recent years I've had a daily bowel movement but my stools are always very hard and incomplete. In the last couple of week I have been drinking a lot of water daily, my daily allowance of fibre and the symprove probiotic but nothing has changed.
I was wondering whether anyone had any thoughts on why there had been no change? Could this be from my colon expanding from the damage in the past?
I'd really appreciate your thoughts!
Posted 03 April 2020 - 09:08 AM
Hi sarp123 -
Incomplete evacuation goes hand-in-hand with chronic constipation. I have it every day.
I can't answer why there has been no change in your BM's, but do you take any supplements to help you go at all? If not, you ought to try something.
Read this whenever you have the time (click on below link to view):
Good luck & keep us posted!
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Posted 03 April 2020 - 10:24 AM
Thanks Flossy! That is very useful. The only supplements I've tried is Symprove (2 weeks in no change yet), peppermint (didn't help) and aloe vera juice (no change).
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Posted 03 April 2020 - 10:40 AM
yes, Flossy's right. you really should take something to help you go. like he said, a lot of people have had good luck with Dr Schultz Intestinal formula #1.
there are also a number of effective constipation medications available. ask your doctor for a script so you give them a try. i know linzess (constella) and prucalopride (resolor) are available in the uk; there may be others--ask your doc. here in the usa we have linzess, prucalopride, amitiza, zelnorm, trulance and ibsrela.
if your stools are hard and dry, you might want to try taking miralax (movicol) to help soften your stools.
and yes, like Flossy mentioned, fiber can be helpful but only if your constipation is caused by a lack of fiber to begin with. for those of us whose colons move very slowly, dumping more fiber in there just backs everything up all the more. i found that i did best on a diet low in fiber.
good luck. hope you can find some relief. take care.
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these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.