I am a 68 year old single mother living with my daughter and grandchildren.
In my late 20's it got to the point that I was afraid to eat. Anyway… this is a great web site….
I just stay focussed on whats most important to me. Now that I'm going to school I want to try out different living situations. This doctor also said that he could not do anything for me because I do not have a diagnosable problem.
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Unfortunately this has not worked for me. Recently it has become a very big problem with all the typical symptoms as described by other contributors. I wish there was a cure for this disease. My memory has been decreasing fast. All this has led to a malabsorption problem. Very embarrassing and traumatic.
I wonder if Urinary problems are causing the constipation? I am sure that eating this way has contributed to the situation I find myself living with now. His mom complains about her back a lot and overemphasizes that it prevents her from doing things, so it's easy to see how he relates my complaints to hers. I was looking forward to a solution: a simple medication and it would go away From as far back as a young child I remember my mother telling our family members and close friends of my problem.
At this point I want to have control over my bowel movements and when and where I have them and to have a normal formed bowel movement without severe pain when I need to have one!
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I am now finding it more and more difficult to have a bowel movement. It was my sisters christening in Yorkshire and my uncle drove my auntie, brother, boyfriend and myself there and back in one day.
But as I got older, the symptoms got worse. Always feeling like I was alone and nobody understood me.
Now for the past 8 years they come and go. I go to doctors, and do as they ask, come home with prescriptions and pain medication.
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I hardly ever was bothered with constipation again. I got the same advice over and over: eat more fiber, vegetables etc. Turns out after years of treatment for depression, I was misdiagnosed and am now on proper medications.
And forget about thinking about dating! Please don't give up hope. What's the best way to organize your morning, to help you get to class on time? I was crying because I felt like I was not alone, and others did understand.
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I'm constantly searching for something that will help get this under control, but haven't found anything yet. I have been to the ER 4 times since April 24th ! I have not told my friends either although I guess I could so I feel fortunate that there is a place to tell my story among people like you who truly understand. When I was 19, and on a honeymoon in Europe, I didn't have a bowel movement for 2 weeks.
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Back in Decembermy bowels stopped functioning altogether. I imagined them calling me a hypochondriac once I left the room. I continued to have diarrhea and constipation episodes for years. I clean my house and exercise to friendshp busy. I have eliminated more foods that seem to trigger episodes which has helped, but not entirely. Unfortunately, that feeling and look can last up to 3 or 4 hours at a time.
I have to time everything with taking laxatives. From what I am reading, diet is a major factor and I am trying to cut back on the fat in my diet.
Two different colon cleanse regimens didn't work. I also have other serious health problems.
Thank you. It helps me physically and psychologically. Also I have lot of gas trouble.
However, some people have less than a bowel movement a week and are not bothered by this at all, while others may find this physically uncomfortable or emotionally distressing. I suffer with not going to the toilet for normally a week and then it's painful and not much generally appears. Thanks for the stories you shared — Donna I am a 28 year old female who has suffered from chronic constipation most of my life.
If the doctor interrupts you then you can be pretty sure he's not listening. Parts of life may be lost as adjustments are made in response to symptoms. I haven't figured out how to fake that one yet.
Doctors usually define constipation as less than three bowel movements per week and may define severe constipation as waiting more friendsbip a week for a bowel movement. But when I began the university this year, everything was the same, or even worse, with even more frequent diarrhea.