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I am ibs-a and was just wondering when i'm having regular bowel movements is it bad to hold it in? i just prefer to use a bathroom at home if possible rather than a public one. i have held them for hours at work before. If i keep doing this, what will it do in the long run? will it effect my continence?This message has been edited. Last edited by: lola, 04 April 2007 09:56 PM
 

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The only thing I could find on this when I googled for an answer was
quote: Ignoring the natural urge to have a bowel movement may also lead to constipation. Often people may feel uncomfortable having bowel movements anywhere other than at home, but holding off bowel movements can cause ill effects if the delay is too long.
I found it on a couple of different sites that pretty much stated the same thing.http://unh.edu/health-services/self-care_constipation.htmlThat was the site I found this on.That was a good question. I don't know if this helps any, but you could do some more searching on your own and if you come up with something different, share it on here, ok?
 

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Wow, I envy you! I can't "hold" it for any length of time. That's what makes this IBS so depressing. When I have to go, I HAVE TO GO NOW! No waiting, that's why I have such a bad time in the mornings!!!
 

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oh trust me verleen i've been there too :| but sometimes i can be "normal" for a short period of time. it's nice but the whole time i am i just wondering when it will end and go back to the d. for some reason having constipation being the only effect doesnt sound so awful ... i'll research some more when i'm at home and if i find anything i'll definitely post it
 
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