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Kathleen and anyone else,I've had a very rough 3 weeks with chronic constipation. The chief problem seems to be that once I get a few minutes into a bowel movement, the only thing that happens when I keep trying--as I don't lose much stool in 3 minutes!!--is a spasming or trembling in the left side of my intestinal area. It feels like a cloggage is present, and that's why my muscles just "spasm" when I try for the BM... stool can't get past, so it's like the muscles can't do anything but vibrate. That's how I would describe it, anyway.You recommended Magnesium products to stop the spasming. I've been using Milk of Magnesia 2-3 times a week (my usual schedule for bowel movements) and while it does help, I'm still getting the spasming and therefore incomplete bowel movements. These are all very incomplete bowel movements, although Milk of Magnesia helps a bit. I tried something different tonight, I tried 2/3 of a bottle of Magnesium Citrate. While it gave me the most effective bowel movement in a while, it was nothing like the "blowout" effect I used to get when magneisum products were actually working. I'd estimate I only got 50% of the stool out--I can always tell when I'm still "full of it" down there. So, even with the 2/3 bottle of citrate, it didn't take long to feel that clogged spasming sensation again.What do you think could be causing that? It seems magnesium helps in some ways, but cannot prevent the spasms or the "clog" in my left side from occurring. Is there anything I could do differently?As mentioned previously, I have made many dietary changes over the months to help my problem, and these changes seemed to work.. until now. I hope that the spasming/cloggage will go away soon, as I've had it before and it does "come and go", but I'm worried it may become a longer-term issue. That freaks me out.Anyone have any other strategies? Is anyone else familiar with this "spasming" I keep getting?thanks,Bill
 

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Also for Kathleen, you have mentioned the Pelvic Floor theory many times for me, but I'm not able to see doctors and get these expensive tests run without insurance.Is there anything I could try on my own to "relax" the Pelvic Floor, if my problem is that?I'm still looking for some ideas as to why I get the left-side spasming, though. That, in particular, looks like the biggest problem.
 

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I thought I usually recommend Magnesium to alter stool consistency. That may or may not effect pain. Many IBSers still have pain issues even if they can normalize the stool consistency.Usually I recommend peppermint or antispasmodics or low dose antidepressants for the pain that people call spasms.It can also be hard to know what is a colon full of stool and what is just how you are sensing things. Some people can feel full and bloated even if the colon is completely empty. Much of IBS is inappropriate nerve signals.It is hard to know what the incomplete and pain signals are from (often it is more in the nervous system then in the colon muscles).If you think you have pelvic floor issues that is usually treated with biofeedback to retrain the muscles, not just stool consistency medications. I don't know of a do it yourself version as I don't know if you can get the right info without the biofeedback (you might call up a teaching hospital as a lot of them will do reduced rate testing for people who can't afford it as most of them are charity hospitals).You can do regular kegels and try to see if you can sense tense vs relaxed on your own, but that doesn't seem like it works that well for the learning to relax them. It is more for toning the muscles, not when to tense and when to relax signals.I don't know if the home hypnotherapy will work specifically on pelvic floor muscles, but it often does help with all the other discomforts and while fairly expensive they cost about the same as one session with a hypnotherapist if you have to pay for it yourself and most in patient hypnotherapy programs require about 7 visits.
 
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