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I theorize that my problems with constipation may have started when I was embarassed to go #2 and just didn't do it. I've read that not going can cause constipation. Is this true for the long-term?I think I may have a phobia of diarrhea to and to prevent it sometimes I have taken Immodium or Pepto when I was scared I might be a little loose-boweled. Could this affect long-term constipation too?Are there psychotherapy remedies to IBS that work with some psychological aspects of it?Do you think I caused my IBS?
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There can be psycho-social issues with IBS and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnotherapy can help relieve symptoms.Holding the stool too much can train your colon to not go, so it is possible that some of the constipation could be from that. I dunno if it's you causing your IBS I think other things had to happen to get that. However, our autonomic functions do respond to how we train them, so by doing some work on yourself and by working on developing new habits for your body you may be able to make the symptoms alot better.K.------------------I have no financial, academic, or any other stake in any commercial product mentioned by me.My story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html
 
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