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Constipation

(7 Posts)
clio51 Mon 24-Mar-14 23:54:10

Hi

I've not been to the toilet properly for over 6 weeks now, if I did get the urge at the beginning it was hardly anything(pellets) now I'm not even getting urges for the loo or any pushing /bearing down!
I even resorted to putting disposable gloves on and trying to move it myself( sorry finger up bum) but just pellets.

Tonight went to doctors, and told her she felt my tummy and said yes it was very full. She as given my movicol to take first trying 2 sachets, if nothing the next day 4 if nothing 6 aghhh. Best stay near toilet!!!

I am menopausel and was wondering if this was a symptom off it, but I've been that for 20. Months now so why now???

Mrswellyboot Mon 24-Mar-14 23:56:24

I would try colax colon cleanse tablets. They are great. Or lactulose.

SadFreak Tue 25-Mar-14 05:04:23

movicol is fab. it should soften the stools as well. Its not too brutal.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Tue 25-Mar-14 15:44:33

Movicol is good. Last time I got bunged, 3x daily for three days shifted it.

Once you are working again, try a kiwi fruit with your breakfast every day, they really help (but TBH I am fed up of them!).

Keep water with you and keep drinking - don't even let yourself get a little bit thirsty. I am sure this helps with menopausal/hormone constipation.

When you have done all that confused, you need to adjust your diet/toilet habits to keep things moving. This means a good breakfast, early, with plenty soluble fibre, hot drink, then trip to loo (with glycerin suppository to start with).

Try acidophilus bacteria capsules, eating plenty raw stuff to look after your gut bacteria. Also, try the box under the feet trick to raise knees and 'straighten' out the bend in the rectum.

Oh, and keep drinking the water.

Good luck

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Tue 25-Mar-14 15:53:52

Reasons for dried out stools include:

Getting thirsty without realising it - I think this is a hormone problem, and sometimes comes with head aches - oestrogen withdrawal.

Slow transit of food through the colon, giving it more time for water to be reabsorbed, making it dry - also a hormone problem, particularly progesterone which slows the smooth muscle. You can time transit by eating a load of sweet corn and seeing how long it takes to get through (a bit like pooh sticks hmm bad joke!)

clio51 Tue 25-Mar-14 19:05:22

Thanks peeps, havnt tried the movicol yet as I had to go out most of the day today. So going to take one later!

Up the movicol til it works..but if you are that backed up it may take a while!
When DS1 was impacted it took 12 sachets a DAY to clear him...

And yes.,get glycerine suppositories from Boots to start clearing it from the exit end! Dampen, insert, lie of left side with a hot drink (helps to stimulate the colon) and you should start things moving!

Long term bunged up person here despite a good diet, exercise etc so sadly rather an expert on this !

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