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Urgent! What works for chronic constipation to the point I simply can't go?

(302 Posts)
Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 22:30:01

Not been to the toilet for over a week now. Got to the stage where I cannot eat. Nothing is working I have tried exlax chocolate, suppositories, laxido (8 sachets) & dulcalax pico pearles plus lots of water. The out of hours GP prescribed the pico pearles last night & I took them about 10 1/2 hours ago as well as the max dose of laxiod again & suppositories. Supposed to work within 6 to 12 hours, still nothing.. What else can I try? I don't want to spend Christmas day on the toilet or unable to eat. sad

chocolatespiders Mon 23-Dec-13 22:31:00

Pomegranate juice or prune juice.

NatashaBee Mon 23-Dec-13 22:33:56

God, that sounds awful. <helpful>

TheCrackFox Mon 23-Dec-13 22:36:15

I think you should contact your GP again in the morning.

AppleSnow Mon 23-Dec-13 22:36:21

Fybogel works for me.

SwirlyWhirly Mon 23-Dec-13 22:38:13

I would get in touch with your gp tomorrow, that is a lot of poo medication to take with it having no effect!

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 22:40:09

Couldn't get hold of any prune juice unfortunately. Fybogel tastes nice, but never did anything for me even with very mild constipation sadly. Need something to get rid of rather than bulk it out further right now anyway. Yes, TheCrackFox, ill most likely have to call the GP tomorrow & hope they can see me. Chances are they can't though..

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 22:40:56

Yes, will do SwirlyWhilry. Its got silly now! sad

ilovemydoggy Mon 23-Dec-13 22:42:19

Have you tired drinking peppermint tea?

NotALondoner Mon 23-Dec-13 22:43:20

i don't suffer from constipation but chocolate in the morning always makes me rush to the loo.

Lurkymclurker Mon 23-Dec-13 22:43:48

Drink gallons of water, I found it really effective plus it made me relax a little more when going to the toilet as I was thinking it's only a wee which took some of the expectation out of going to the toilet as I find the pressure to go almost as stressful as not going.

Hope something works!

procrastinatingagain Mon 23-Dec-13 22:45:22

You might need an enema, needs to be prescribed though. Hope you get it sorted tomorrow.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 22:46:12

Don't have any peppermint tea to try. Have been drinking gallons of water though. Am sick of water.

defineme Mon 23-Dec-13 22:46:23

Extraordinarily strong coffee, you can get prune juice in the supermarket -they're all open. Dried fruit like apricots and figs and prunes.

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Mon 23-Dec-13 22:46:44

You poor thing - was going to suggest microlax emeama but it sounds lke you have already tried similar. The thing that worked for me when i was pregnant was fybogel as i found bulking up actually made it easier to go. You have my sympathy though - its horrible sad

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 22:47:05

Yeah, I think it will come to that procrastinatingagain.. Hopefully can get one from the GP tomorrow.

Pancakeflipper Mon 23-Dec-13 22:47:55

I find going for a run gets me moving.

biffnbuster Mon 23-Dec-13 22:47:56

I have found lactulose to be helpful.

dietstartstmoz Mon 23-Dec-13 22:48:09

I was like this earlier in the year after having surgery. I was in agony after a week. The gp prescribed micralax - a liquid suppository you squirt into your bottom. It works within a few minutes. It was bloody marvellous stuff. Don't leave the gp without a prescription for it. You poor thing. It was awful.

Longdistance Mon 23-Dec-13 22:48:13

Movicol worked with me. I was bunged up for over a week before dd1 arrived, and a week after that. The doc gave me Movicol, and omg what a relief.

agnesf Mon 23-Dec-13 22:48:42

Movicol. It works for DC2 who had faecal impaction. She had to take loads and then had an explosive day.

You need a prescription

curlew Mon 23-Dec-13 22:50:04

After babies the only thing that worked for me was putting on a rubber glove and sort of helping it out- sorry, TMI. But worth a try...........?

BikeRunSki Mon 23-Dec-13 22:50:41

Guinness !!!!

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Mon 23-Dec-13 22:50:50

oh an yy to the coffee - and strangely, if you get time to pop to the bookshop or library for a browse tomorrow, that should shift things!

ilovemydoggy Mon 23-Dec-13 22:52:04

Loads and loads of fruit juice. orange and pineapple are the best.

chocolatespiders Mon 23-Dec-13 22:52:32

if you cant find prune juice, it is normally with the longlife juices then buy tinned prunes and drink the juice.

barleysugar Mon 23-Dec-13 22:53:41

Can you still get glycerine suppositories from chemists? My dad used to swear by them!

curlew has it. At this stage, manual evacuation is the only way unfortunately. Once you got the first bit moved, it should help

Hope you get it resolved soon, I've never felt more unwell than when I was constipated

Marzipanface Mon 23-Dec-13 22:56:47

You need to see a GP! This happened to me. I was given movicol. Take it then hold onto your hat...

IHaveSeenMyHat Mon 23-Dec-13 22:58:32

Mega sympathies. Looks like you need something major. I have no experience with enemas (although I have tried every other constipation remedy known to man) but I think that's what you'll need.

Forget prune juice, Fybogel, Lactulose... anything you take by mouth, basically. You need unblocking.

I'd recommend Movicol to keep things on an even keel once you're better though. It's the only thing that helps me.

2whippetsnobed Mon 23-Dec-13 22:59:27

Sorry to say it but the gloved finger is the way out now.
< speaking from experience here >

EssentialCoffee Mon 23-Dec-13 23:00:02

This sounds horrendous! I find I can get constipated easily, but I've started changing my habits a bit and it's helped a lot to do regular exercise, drink more water and eat less chocolate/biscuit/cakes.

Hope you have some luck with the doctors!

ILoveGlyfada Mon 23-Dec-13 23:00:05

Lactulose from the pharmacy (don't know if you can buy it without prescription.) or Sunsweet Californian prune juice (waitrose, asda, Tesco, Holland and b) can work with "normal" constipation BUT I think you need the doctor/ a&e urgently as nothing worked so far.
I am so sorry for you, hope you will be fine but if I were you I wouldn't wait any longer as you can really damage your bowels/intestines.
You must be totally physically blocked :-(

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:00:33

Ive not been able to leave the house in about 4 days waiting for these damn preparations to work. Don't want to be out & about & suddenly get caught short lol. Am supposed to be picking up my dad tomorrow for Christmas, but its one & a half hours drive away so my partner will have to go alone. Tried fruit juices, coffee & laxido is the same type of thing as movicol & been using it for days to no avail. Not tried the micralax yet or braved the rubber gloves. Think its quite far up as otherwise suppositories should work.

Marzipanface Mon 23-Dec-13 23:00:58

Oh and dried apricots always get me moving.

ILoveOnionRings Mon 23-Dec-13 23:01:37

Am I the only one wondering at browsing round bookshop or library?

lougle Mon 23-Dec-13 23:01:47

Seriously now, how far does the sensation of fullness go? Do you feel like you're full in the rectum but just can't push it out? (Sometimes a stool can be too hard and bulky to squeeze out of the anus). If so, you could try putting a finger in your vagina and seeing if you have any stools that you can guide down.

Some enemas are basically soapy water, which irritates the bowel and encourages motility. You could try sitting in a warm bath with plenty of soapy water, then gently push and relax your bowel, to encourage water in.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:02:16

Hopefully the GP will help tomorrow. Thanks all. smile

chocolatespiders Mon 23-Dec-13 23:03:31

you could try and sit on the toilet with your knees bent and feet up on something highish, I remember some one telling me it helped her go to the toilet

lougle Mon 23-Dec-13 23:04:02

Also, if you've had children, your abdominal muscles can be a bit lax. It may help to use your hand to push on your abdomen as you try and have a bowel movement, to give some resistance and 'direct' the push.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:05:23

I can't feel anything in the actual bowel area, its above that, stomach & above I feel full up to the brim where I feel sick with it. Its horrendous. I imagine it is below but I can't feel it. Have previously put my finger next door & pushed it across, but this is different somehow.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:06:06

There is no urge to go whatsoever

Mamafratelli Mon 23-Dec-13 23:08:13

Go back to the docs and tell them about the full feeling. You could have an obstruction. Hopefully not but worth considering.

IHaveSeenMyHat Mon 23-Dec-13 23:08:41

I think you might have to go to A&E tomorrow OP. You won't want to be hospitalised over Christmas (and your situation sounds serious enough to warrant it) so you need to get yourself sorted tomorrow.

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Mon 23-Dec-13 23:09:30

I am reading this while eating a bacon sandwich hmm

scripsi Mon 23-Dec-13 23:10:54

yes another vote for obscenely strong coffee!

jumperooo Mon 23-Dec-13 23:12:14

Sympathies.I had this after giving birth. Really not what I needed to deal with after a 4th degree tear, haemorrhage & blood transfusions! Nothing passed for over a week despite fybogel, senacot, prune juice, dried apricots, movicol, and more I can't remember. Was bloody awful. GP inserted a suppository on day 9 and said it would definitely work. Nothing happened. In the end I just cried on the phone to the surgery and the district nurse came to my house and did a proper enema. Was warned it wouldn't be pleasant and it was not pleasant ,but it worked. Good luck hope you get it sorted.

scripsi Mon 23-Dec-13 23:12:43

sorry, seen you've already tried that. I do think you need to go to A&E.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:13:37

I had my stomach felt at emergency GP yesterday & she said my stomach was feeling soft & everything was gurgling away like it was working but still over 24 hours on theres nothing. Will take 4 more of the pico pearles tonight & see if they work then to GP in morning. sad

ggirl Mon 23-Dec-13 23:14:04

laxido and movicol are the same thing to all the posters recommending it

I 2nd going to gp tomorrow

are you passing wind?
how does you abdomen feel when you press it?

Twighlightsparkle Mon 23-Dec-13 23:14:39

A and e, tonight.

ggirl Mon 23-Dec-13 23:14:42

sorry xpost

Mmmbacon Mon 23-Dec-13 23:15:30

Spring clean boost in a smoothie helps me, also rhubarb stew if you can get your hands on any, have also had to help things out here when very bad after pfb dd,

but think gp is best bet tomorrow

ggirl Mon 23-Dec-13 23:16:39

sounds like enema is needed , you should be able to administer the microlax one yourself , if not community nurse may be able to do it for you...we do a lot of that

notapizzaeater Mon 23-Dec-13 23:18:45

If you put your finger up your bits can you feel the poo there ?

JugglingChaotically Mon 23-Dec-13 23:18:56

Strong (real) Coffee (3 large mugs! )and brisk walk worked for me.
When pregnant - dried apple rings, pints of coffee and a very short brisk walk - Witt sprint back to the looshock.
Hadn't anticipated the speed of effect after a week!
Good luck.

lougle Mon 23-Dec-13 23:19:59

This may be a stupid set of questions, but:

-You have no urge to go?
-Do you have pain?
-Do you have wind?

SignoraStronza Mon 23-Dec-13 23:30:29

You poor thing. Must admit that the best cure for me was always strong black coffee, a good walk and a cigarette. Obviously, not helpful during pregnancy blockage though!
So, get your travel mug full of espresso and march to the local shop for some nicotine maybe?

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:34:54

No wind really. Not in a huge amount of pain. Sort of goes on & off, gripey type pains when I have water or coffee. Just made myself 2 huge cups in a new melting bid. Cannot feel anything through next door (sorry tmi) I don't think it is low enough down. I think its compacted high up.

TheJollyReindeer Mon 23-Dec-13 23:39:41

Really feel for you. I have a condition that renders my bowel parslised from time to time. What you describe is typical for me. I am the medical marvel that shocked Drs after a no show poo after 3 doses of picolax.

I would suggest Movicol. It works differently to Laxido and fybogel. It draws moisture to the bowel so softens the stools. It is often used for impaction. Read the box but I would suggest 4 sachets in 24 hours and see how you go. At the same time get some suppositories to soften the plug at the other end. Avoid eggs or any food that you know bungs you up
Excercise andyeven gentle tummy massage.

Firstly though I strongly suggest you see a Dr again tomorrow before trying the above. They can check for blockage and impaction and its better to see someone tomorrow than be trying to see a dr over Xmas.

TheFirstToel Mon 23-Dec-13 23:45:00

Hot ribena was my standby when pg. jogging is also said to make you go. But if no luck by the morning I would insist on getting some proper help, hospital if necessary.

Pixiedust1973 Mon 23-Dec-13 23:48:11

Movicol & Laxido are pretty much the same thing. Same active ingredients, just cheaper to prescribe. I have had 8 sachets of laxido a day (maximum dose for impactation) for 2 days now & onto round 2 of pico in 15 minutes unless anything dramatic happens soon. Probably not supposed to take it for another 12 hours but need to try. Suppositories normally work great for me but its too high up so are doing nothing. Used almost entire pack of 12 in a day now. Ridiculous! No choice but GP unless a miracle happens it seems.. sad

poopooheadwillyfatface Mon 23-Dec-13 23:49:52

YY sounds like a possible obstruction, if no change tomorrow ensure you get reviewed by the GP.

You can buy microlax enemas from the pharmacy. But if it's higher up they won't really help. I might add senna and plenty of fresh orange juice at this point or a dodgy curry I think you need to try tackling it from both ends and keep going with the laxatives until you've had a good clear out.

ToffeePenny Mon 23-Dec-13 23:52:05

Liquid paraffin - softens everything and available from pharmacist.

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 00:21:55

I'm surprised you're not getting even faecal leakage after all of that. It does sound like you could have a blockage. good that the doctor heard bowel sounds, though, because paralytic ileus is no fun at all.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 00:31:40

The only small amount of liquid I had was from using suppositories & that was very small. Its very frustrating to have noises to indicate something is working for days but no results whatsoever. Taken 4 more pico pearles now, thats 8 in 12 hours. Not sure whether to have anymore of the laxido as yet or not. Want my bed really. So tired now with it all. sad

LittleTulip Tue 24-Dec-13 00:39:58

If I was you I would go to a&e. You can't really try any more than you have. It's probably an obstruction of some sort that may just need a helping hand to 'unblock'.

Good luck

madamginger Tue 24-Dec-13 00:40:04

You could try a fleet enema. You can buy them from a chemist, if not a microenema is another option.

StUmbrageinSkelt Tue 24-Dec-13 00:45:39

You're way past all the folk remedies. The laxido will eventually work as long you are persistent with it and follow it up with the irritant pico pearls.

Do not DO NOT use any more fibre supplements or increase your fibre. You need to be on a low fibre diet as fibre will simply sit with the impaction and make it worse.

I think you need to be seen at A&E and need an xray and then a decision about an NG tube washout. It does work faster than the oral route.

Good luck.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 09:01:17

Thanks all. Got a gp appointment in half hour. Getting some watery stuff when I go to toilet now but still nothing substantial to indicate the block has gone. Am hoping to be sent for x ray. Its got really silly now. I feel so sick & I'm exhausted through lack of sleep & no food. Some Christmas this is going to be. To top it off we are supposed to be collecting my dad for Christmas who lives an hour & half away. My partner was going to go early but I need him to take me to gp & then hopefully to hospital after..

Rosieliveson Tue 24-Dec-13 09:43:11

OP I'm so sorry. It sounds like you've tried everything I could suggest. I've managed to go after a whole huge bag of dried apricots and a warm bar. I sort of massaged by tummy in the bath and went a few hours later.

I really hope you can get sorted today and enjoy your Christmas thanks

IHaveSeenMyHat Tue 24-Dec-13 10:38:18

Good luck with the GP and I hope they take you very seriously. If not, there's always A&E.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 11:27:01

Been to the GP. He prescribed me some Micralax enemas. Said to use one & if it doesn't work in a couple of hours use another, if that doesn't work go to A & E. Used it about 15 minutes ago, only effect so far is a headache. sad

LightsPlease Tue 24-Dec-13 11:30:20

Coconut water.

gussiegrips Tue 24-Dec-13 11:47:32

Channelling my inner Maria:

"Aaaawlll I want for Christmas, is a pooooo-ooooo-ooo-ooo-ooooo, baby"

I shall think of your bowel every time I hear that song on the radio from now on.

Hope your bowel co-operates. Sounds horrific.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 11:56:40

Not thought of coconut water LightsPlease. LOL gussiegrips smile No luck as yet.. Had an urge but was mainly water. Probably the liquid from the enema. I think its similar to the suppositories ive tried & failed with already but just go in a little higher.

IHaveSeenMyHat Tue 24-Dec-13 11:59:50

I'd be tempted to go to A&E sooner.

It sounds like you have a blockage too high up for any suppository or enema to reach, which in itself is quite unusual. Most people would be feeling very blocked and uncomfortable in the rectal area, but you aren't, which is kind of strange.

I really, really feel for you.

revivingsnowshower Tue 24-Dec-13 12:03:39

Good luck! We do like to joke about this but it is not funny when it is happening. Hope you feel better in time for Christmas. Might be worth trying to find out what has caused it, see if you need to change diet or something x

ILoveGlyfada Tue 24-Dec-13 12:04:13

Please don't wait any longer, go to A&E asap!

scripsi Tue 24-Dec-13 12:04:41

I also think you need to go to A&E rather than bombing your system with more of the same. I would do it early today rather than later (with it being Christmas Eve).

ppeatfruit Tue 24-Dec-13 12:12:13

Do you eat 'wholemeal wheat bread'? if you do STOP immediately and cut out anything made with wheat . You could be allergic to it. Iam and get the same effect from it. I don't touch it now. (i always know if I do grin) Good luck!

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:15:00

I have to wait for my partner to get back from picking up my dad first before I can go anywhere anyway. It took him half hour to get what usually takes 10 minutes to drive to. sad Hopefully the rest of the journey will be quicker. I would imagine he'll be a minimum of 3 or 4 hours. GP could feel hardness but said it wasn't really high up. Must be quite high as I can't even drink anything without wanting to puke now. Would a hot bath be a good idea do you think?

How often do you normally have your bowels open?

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:17:41

I have always suffered to some degree, but have recently been on codeine tablets so they are he culprit here I would say. Don't really eat wholemeal bread much ppeatfruit. Can't eat anything now anyway. sad Maybe ill lose some weight.. Every cloud eh?

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:19:23

I wouldn't say im that regular as I go daily SauvignonBlanche, but every 2 or 3 days I suppose. Never been regular. Always had problems, but not this bad..

LucyLasticKnickers Tue 24-Dec-13 12:25:01

poor you, have you tried exericse?
i hope you get sorted out swiftly

IHaveSeenMyHat Tue 24-Dec-13 12:27:17

Exercise? If you've ever been badly, BADLY constipated you'll know you'd feel too wretched to walk around the block!

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:28:17

I think its beyond anything like that now sadly.. Wish I could postpone Christmas. At least my kids aren't here I suppose.

You have my full sympathy. I was like this after having DD - I definitely think it was the codeine (had CS) that bunged me up so badly. I felt bloody awful & drained of energy the whole time.

I went 10 days without going & the HV was talking about readmitting me sad

In the end I had to 'help' the impacted stuff out & after that everything started moving.

I then couldn't stop going because of all the meds I'd taken! Felt soooooo much better almost instantly though!

Good luck, I hope you get it sorted.

Some people regularly go every other day, or once a week, everyone's different.
Codeine can have that effect.

Bonsoir Tue 24-Dec-13 12:30:27

A long brisk walk and several litres of iced sparkling water. Only eat raw apples and oranges (whole fruit).

And yes to a bath.

My HV advised me to take 2 paracetamols & have a warm bath. Massaging your tummy in a clockwise motion - sorry grin - should help too.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:33:21

A walk is out of the question. I can't even leave the house right now. Have been drinking water constantly to no avail. Its got really stupid now. Im resigned to the fact ill be going to A&E later. sad

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:34:01

Ok, thanks HavingAnOffDAy , will go run a bath. smile

octopusinasantasack Tue 24-Dec-13 12:34:55

Califig works wonders.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:35:52

Am dreading when it finally does get going. Im supposed to be spending tomorrow at my mother in laws with 5 other people & one toilet. Supposed to be spending the night too in DP's old room which is nowhere near the toilet. Think id rather stay home.

DrunkenDaisy Tue 24-Dec-13 12:41:04

Double espresso and a fag?

tribpot Tue 24-Dec-13 12:43:18

Ugh Pixie, you can't be doing that. Whether things have moved on or not, you need to be at home.

Viviennemary Tue 24-Dec-13 12:44:24

I know you've tried a few things. But Syrup of figs is quite good. But you should definitely see your GP and get somebody to look at your diet.

Massage and some stretching/yoga (if you can exercise) while you wait to go to a&e.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 24-Dec-13 12:45:31

Hope the bath helps OP, it always did for my DD and used to have horrendous constipation.

LucyLasticKnickers Tue 24-Dec-13 12:46:26

i appreciate you cant go for a walk but you could exericse at home?

I sometimes suffer now, and find that pushing on perimium helps things out too.

What a subject to be such an expert on fgrin

ILoveGlyfada Tue 24-Dec-13 12:51:14

Could you not get a cab to the hospital right now? Seems silly to wait for your dp then go to the a&e.
Just imagine you wait around for ages at home, instead you could be waiting for your turn at the hospital... Chances are they won't see you for ages and won't sort you out straight away.
Am only concerned about you. when it all comes out, you would want it I guess asap...
Best of luck

TheJollyReindeer Tue 24-Dec-13 13:38:42

I really would not wait too much longer. Is there any way you can get to A&E yourself. Get a taxi?
I hate to make you feel worse but hospitals are just going to get busier and busier as the day goes on. From lunchtime you will start getting the drink related casualties too. The sooner you get there the sooner you will get seen.

Really feel for you. Good luck.

IHaveSeenMyHat Tue 24-Dec-13 13:46:36

Definitely don't go to MIL's tomorrow. Don't want to doom monger but you can't be sure you won't get admitted to hospital today. Really hope it won't come to that, obviously.

You'll need your own house and your own bathroom for the foreseeable. Keep us updated eh? smile

revivingsnowshower Tue 24-Dec-13 13:47:06

yes if you think you need A&E I would go now if there is no improvement as pp said there is going to be a long wait and you might as well get started. If you can get there by taxi do, although public transport is not a good idea!

RomulanBattleBagel Tue 24-Dec-13 13:48:02

I agree you should just get a cab and go now. You'll get in the queue sooner.

Good luck!

gussiegrips Tue 24-Dec-13 13:50:58

GP said to take the picolax, and if it didn't work use another - and, if still no "gut gift" within a couple of hours then a+E.

So, this is now a couple of hours - just wanting you to be careful of slipping into not following advice because of waiting for a lift from DH.

Am impressed at the stubbornness of your colon.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 15:40:28

Still waiting. Enema did nothing. sad

Pollydingdonmerrilyonhigh Tue 24-Dec-13 15:43:21

A&E I'm afraid, as soon as you can !

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 15:43:40

Dp be back soon thankfully. Been asleep.

You have my sympathies, I was admitted to hospital as a teenager with this. It was over 2 weeks since I'd been by the time it was sorted and it was absolute agony. Can't remember what eventually shifted it, but I know I had several enimas.
I wouldn't be going to family's tomorrow though that's for sure.
Best wishes for a festive poo.

tribpot Tue 24-Dec-13 15:57:01

I agree with cupoftea - the Christmas arrival most eagerly anticipated is now some poo. Please don't put yourself through the additional discomfort of being at someone else's house. Time to get to A&E, before the majority of the drunks hit in a couple of hours.

HermioneWeasley Tue 24-Dec-13 15:59:17

Dear god, I hope you get sorted soon!

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 15:59:29

Just heard from dp. He is being turned around in his car in way back because of flooding. Oh ffs! Hopefully they allow him through. Might end up walking to a & e at this rate. sad

Please go to a&e, don't wait for dp to return, or ask a friend to drive you. Before you spend ages there because of the amount of people overdoing the drink later on today.
Hope it gets sorted soon!

Twighlightsparkle Tue 24-Dec-13 16:03:08

Can you get a taxi to a and e? Or a friend?

tribpot Tue 24-Dec-13 16:39:33

Time to get yourself there - he could be some time and you really don't want to be in A&E later.

headlesslambrini Tue 24-Dec-13 16:49:57

gravity helps as well. I know it sounds stupid but keep standing up straight with every 5 mins or so, give a gentle push - still stood up. you will probably feel a bit sick but it does work. If it's high up it will take longer.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 16:57:04

Dp had to turn back. Have called a cab but it's not coming until about 515, if it turns up. Will probably be stuck in hospital till midnight at this rate. sad

tribpot Tue 24-Dec-13 17:01:20

Oh hell, just what you need. Still, focus on the immediate problem and get yourself there. One day this will be a good story - the crappy Christmas - but I appreciate it isn't when you're living it.

Keep posting, plenty of us are willing your bowels to co-operate during this festive season!

starofbethlehemfishmummy Tue 24-Dec-13 17:08:47

Good luck op.
I would pack a small bag with my overnight essentials just in case. I work on the basis of if I have it with me then I wont need it!!

revivingsnowshower Tue 24-Dec-13 19:25:45

I hope you are ok and this doesn't totally ruin your Christmas, but you might deserve a nice day out or something once you are feeling better.

Cailleach Tue 24-Dec-13 19:28:48

Andrews Liver Salts always does it for me...

Branleuse Tue 24-Dec-13 19:34:54

try giving up gluten. Its very constipating for a lot of people, or at least wheat.

Wincher Tue 24-Dec-13 19:45:11

Hope they have managed to sort you. Sounds horrible!

Goodness, really hope you are sorted out soon, OP, constipation is absolutely awful sad Hopefully you are in A&E getting sorted now.

TheJollyReindeer Tue 24-Dec-13 19:59:11

Oh bless uou. I really hope you are at a&e and getting some rocket fuel to shift things along.

Womnaleplus Tue 24-Dec-13 20:01:14

Hope your being seen now!

Womnaleplus Tue 24-Dec-13 20:01:45

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DeathByLaundry Tue 24-Dec-13 20:02:02

So sorry for you, I hope this is resolved really quickly for you, it's such miserable problem sad

Mmmbacon Tue 24-Dec-13 20:09:24

Hope you are ok and have had some movement, that your dh and dad got home safe and you have a wonderful and unrestricted day tomorrow

Pancakeflipper Tue 24-Dec-13 20:30:25

Pixie - hope you ok.
Never been as bunged up as you but just straight forward constipation is painful enough.
Hope you get home to your bed/own loo soon.

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 23:38:34

Still in hospital I'm afraid. Had 2 enemas which didn't work so being kept in. They are about to put me on a drip. Oh deep joy. Will laugh about it one day. Thanks for all the advice everyone. Hopefully things move tomorrow & I can go home. smile Happy Christmas to all & crappy Christmas to me hopefully lol. xx

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 23:42:58

Oh dear. Have they done an xray?

Pixiedust1973 Tue 24-Dec-13 23:52:07

Yes. Did x ray & bloods. Can see blockage. Its quite high up, hence enemas & suppositories not working. sad

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 23:55:52

Poor you, no wonder you've been feeling so sick. What a horrible thing to have at this time of year. Another time, do go sooner - it can really make you very poorly with fever, etc., and you can even end up vomiting faeces. It's no small matter and nobody will ever think you're being melodramatic.

piratecat Tue 24-Dec-13 23:57:05

oh my god woman. you poor love.

thank god you are in the right place. hugs to you xxxx

Pancakeflipper Wed 25-Dec-13 00:10:56

Hoping you poo soon x

ILoveGlyfada Wed 25-Dec-13 00:15:42

Hope you get sorted out soon.
At least you are in good hands now.

Iworrymyselftosleep Wed 25-Dec-13 00:18:04

I'm glad you're finally being looked after. Hope you feel better soon flowers

IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 25-Dec-13 00:26:29

Oh no, I'm sorry it turned out to be as bad as it sounded.

I hope they have a treatment plan for you and you get well cared for.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 03:13:29

Some sleep would be nice. Would be quieter at Piccadilly circus. sad

Allice Wed 25-Dec-13 05:34:48

You poor thing, hope you're sleeping now and get some movement soon.

Shnickyshnackers Wed 25-Dec-13 06:18:45

Oh dear of you, I'm hoping you get to go soon and then everything will quickly start to feel better for you.

You poor thing, hope they manage to sort you out soon and you don't have too awful a day sadthanksthanks

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 06:41:12

Thanks all. Merry Christmas! Xxx

kalidasa Wed 25-Dec-13 06:49:07

Hope you are ok OP. I too have reached the enema-in-hospital stage, that is grim enough let alone that failing to work. Hope you have some answers soon.

lougle Wed 25-Dec-13 07:21:26

Merry Christmas Pixiedust!

giraffesCantSledge Wed 25-Dec-13 07:32:17

Merry Christmas, Hope you get well soon smile

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Wed 25-Dec-13 07:38:10

Merry Christmas! So sorry you are in hospital but so glad you are there and they are sorting it out. smile

I hope things are moving!

I agree with Branleuse to try giving up gluten.

Hope you can come home today. flowers

ChineseFireball Wed 25-Dec-13 08:15:49

Merry Christmas Pixiedust I hope things are moving along for you and that you don't have too rotten a day!

revivingsnowshower Wed 25-Dec-13 08:31:40

Merry Christmas and sorry it is in hospital but get well soon, and look on the bright side at least you are not at the in laws! X

gussiegrips Wed 25-Dec-13 08:55:29

Blooming heck.

Hope the drip does the trick, glad you'll be feeling better soon.

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Wed 25-Dec-13 09:06:07

I've been following this and thinking of you, PixieDust. I hope you are more comfortable now and in the nicest possible way, I am glad you are in hospital, your symptoms started to sound a bit scary.

How are you feeling today?

CadleCrap Wed 25-Dec-13 09:17:02

Never in my life have I wished for a complete stranger to have a poo!

Good luck!

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 09:32:47

Doctor came round. They are sending me home. No results whatsoever. Can't do any investigation now coz its Christmas & they need the bed for all the drunks coming in later. Why waste my time admitting me then? I feel worse than when I came in. Good old East Surrey hospital. sad

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 09:34:35

They didn't bother with the drip in the end. Lol at you all wishing me to poo. Bless you all. Much appreciated all your kindness. smile

Pancakeflipper Wed 25-Dec-13 09:53:39

Oh Pixie. That's not what we wanted to happen. Poor you.

Home, warm bath, warm hot water bottle and a sprout?

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 10:00:33

Unfortunately I'm due to spend the day at my mother in laws & stay over. Will have either no bed downstairs or bed some distance away from the toilet which I will be sharing with 5 other people. sad Maybe I should just get pissed up so I don't care lol.

I don't believe this. Can't you insist on the drip? Is there a hospital near your inlaws?

soupmaker Wed 25-Dec-13 10:05:40

Happy Christmas Pixie. Have been willing you on. So sorry it was to no avail. Constipation is just mean. Hope you manage to have some fun. thanks

PrimalLass Wed 25-Dec-13 10:15:40

Maybe drink lots of beer? That has dramatic results for me.

howmuchworse Wed 25-Dec-13 10:19:31

Can't you insist on staying home Pixie, you sound so unwell?
Hope for relief for you asap. thanks

underthebluemoon Wed 25-Dec-13 10:20:39

You poor thing. You need to be at home. You have just spent a night in hospital - your in laws will understand.

revivingsnowshower Wed 25-Dec-13 10:29:10

Pixie I think you need to tell mil what is wrong and she will probably either be understanding of you staying home or at least give you room near toilet.

tribpot Wed 25-Dec-13 11:13:01

You need to stay at home, Pixie. What did the hospital say about follow-up?

DeadMansBones Wed 25-Dec-13 11:25:07

you poor thing, can't believe the hospital didn't give you the drip!

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 13:23:19

They couldn't be bothered with drip when they realised I had no cannula in my arm to attach it to. Can't really get out of going. Don't want to spoil the day for dp & my dad too. Mil is pretty selfish & wouldn't understand. Dp wants to please everyone. Had a couple of hours sleep now so feel a bit better. Will see how things go. smile

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 13:25:39

They told me I need to go to my gp & get referred for ultrasound or other investigations to see what is wrong.

tribpot Wed 25-Dec-13 13:39:44

At least come back tonight?

So they've done an x-ray and can see a blockage, but now you're to wait for a primary care referral before they can be arsed (no pun intended) doing anything about it? WTF do they suggest you do in the meantime?

Oh no. Can't believe it?! Poor you. Can you drink through it?

RockinAroundTheXmasTreeHippy Wed 25-Dec-13 13:59:03

Sorry you've had such a crap experience with your hospital & are still ill, my DF has just had similar after a very nasty chest infection & he was so ill with it, it seemed he just wasn't recovering at all, once it cleared it was like a miracle recovery, within 10 minutes of going to the loo for a good clear out, he was back to his old self

As its Xmas day it will be difficult for you to get hold of much, but if they have apple juice - drink litres of the stuff - its a natural laxative & a good one too.

& when you can - you need Senna Tablets very very effective & again natural, our GP agrees its much better than anything she can prescibe.

hope its shifted soon

clio51 Wed 25-Dec-13 14:15:41

That is disgusting! So you've basically just sat around had no sleep nothing done really! And feel so ill.

Sorry pixie but I couldn't go somewhere and pretend all was well when you feel so ill.

Could your dad not go with your hubby and come back later with a plate dinner for you. At least you would be able to relax cause that's what you need to do! Not have thoughts of other people and how far the toilet is you need to look after yourself!

Really hope it sorts it self out.

motherinferior Wed 25-Dec-13 14:30:19

No, you can't go visiting. I think you should go back to A&E.

IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 25-Dec-13 14:46:23

They want your GP to refer you for ultrasound?! FFS. They could have arranged an ultrasound themselves, although with a skeleton staff I expect that's next to impossible. So typical of out-of-hours NHS care. I am fizzing with rage for you.

What do they want to happen to you? Vomiting faecal matter? Serious bowel damage?

They should not have discharged you in such a poor condition. Negligent and dangerous. Please don't hesitate to go back to A&E today.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 14:50:42

They gave my some lactulose & fibogel which never help me. Not going to take anything else today. Thrown in the towel & started on the Person I instead. Not had a drink in almost a year but sod it lol.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 14:51:08

Will start on the senna tomorrow. Thanks. smile

motherinferior Wed 25-Dec-13 14:52:01

Senna and all the other things won't help. Not by this point. You need proper hospital care, I think.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 14:54:24

Apparently the various things can take a few days to work. If that's the case why keep me in at all? Think I will make a complaint to pals when I am better.

IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 25-Dec-13 14:58:45

That's bollocks. You've had enough meds to fell an elephant and they haven't worked.

Don't even bother with Fybogel and Lactulose. Those are treatments for mild constipation. Complete waste of time.

IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 25-Dec-13 15:02:08

I agree that senna won't work at this stage either.

In fact, the only thing I'd continue with is Movicol/Laxido at the maximum dose (is that 8 sachets a day). IIRC that's the only thing that can treat faecal impaction, which is essentially what you have. Do you have any left?

tribpot Wed 25-Dec-13 15:22:49

Not top of your priority list today but you can also make a complaint via @patientopinion. Naming and shaming on Twitter can be surprisingly effective.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 15:39:32

Will continue with the laxido & pico pearles tomorrow. Had movicol today already but not sure how much. Only the 2 sachets I think. Not taken any pico today. Will try again tomorrow. Dinner soon.. Hopefully I can eat something at least. Been ages since I had a proper meal.

Pixiedust1973 Wed 25-Dec-13 15:40:27

Got loads of laxido at home. Gp prescribed me another 2 boxes. smile

GobbySadcase Wed 25-Dec-13 15:43:59

You're a similar area to me if ESH is your A&E.
I'd suggest if they're not too far you either try going to A&E at Princess Royal or Worthing, even the Royal Surrey.

You need far more than what they've given you.

revivingsnowshower Wed 25-Dec-13 15:44:17

Sorry to hear you are still suffering. I read earlier that you had taken codeine and I believe this causes constipation by slowing down the natural movement of the bowel, so maybe you should keep taking something that helps with this plus a softener. So either movicol or lactulose plus senna. The senna is the one that helps to move things along. I think movicol does both. I agree this is not ideal, but as you are not getting treated you need something to keep things soft until you do see the doctor. Plus some booze to cheer you up of course.
Also if you are sore, someone mentioned to try preparation H which is really for piles, but has a local anaesthetic in it.

clio51 Wed 25-Dec-13 16:05:35

Hi pixie

Now you might think this sounds disgusting. But one time when my sister hadn't been to the loo for days the doctor told her to put some thin plastic gloves on and put some lubricant on finger put it up bum and see if she could move the impact at the bottom of her bowel.

It moved the impact that was there, try it

Pixie, my sis (nurse) said not to take the fibogel (makes it worse?) but continue the movicol/ laxido at maximum dose per day. And ideally, have a colonic irrigation soon. Can be done privately as well.

Hope you're better soon. If you get bad pain, please go to a & e !

You poor woman. I really hope you get some relief soon.

HermioneWeasley Wed 25-Dec-13 16:35:27

I have never been so emotionally invested In a stranger's bowel movement before. Please go back to hospital

starofbethlehemfishmummy Wed 25-Dec-13 16:48:46

Pixie that sounds awful.
Hkping things improve for you and if not seconding going to a different hospital

IHaveSeenMyHat Wed 25-Dec-13 17:54:59

If you've only had 2 sachets so far that won't make an enormous difference. Take another six today - don't leave it until tomorrow. I know it tastes foul, but you can mix it into a smaller amount of water than directed to get it over with quicker. Then follow it up with some plain water.

Ikeameatballs Wed 25-Dec-13 18:00:18

You really must take as much of the movicol/movicol equivalent as you can and drink lots of fluid.

Frontdoorstep Wed 25-Dec-13 18:30:53

Yes, keep taking the movicol/laxido at maximum dose. It might take a few days to work. It might cause diarrhea later on but the problem is to solve the constipation for now, later on will take care of itself later on.

What a waste of time admitting you to hospital to just discharge you again. However, I think if they had been really concerned they would have kept you in.

hugoagogo Wed 25-Dec-13 22:49:25

Oh no-still no poo sad

I can't believe the hospital didn't sort you out.

ILoveGlyfada Wed 25-Dec-13 23:43:33

They way they "treated" you is disgusting, hospital should not have sent you home. Def make a complaint.
I urge you to go to a different A&E and refuse to leave until you are better.Maybe going to MIL is not a good idea as you won't be able to relax and if suddenly you need a loo...well you don't want others to witness it.
Write down all the meds you have taken and shove the list under their face. You need urgent solution not a fucking referral. I really feel for you. I am not trying to be Miss Know it all but this can damage your intestines. And you could be vomiting poo very soon...
Buy tomorrow a bottle of sunsweet californian prune juice, it ran through me in 1 hour. Might work for you.
Get well soon xx

LucyLasticKnickers Thu 26-Dec-13 08:44:05

i am not surprised they sent you home, they probably thought you didnt want to be in for chirstmas.

how are you doing today op?

LucyLasticKnickers Thu 26-Dec-13 08:44:26

pehraps the food you ate will help shift things.

NotALondoner Thu 26-Dec-13 09:26:43

I don't understand why the hospital didn't do the referral themselves?

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Thu 26-Dec-13 09:49:53

Ca I nominate the OP For the most positive in the face of adversity award! If this were me I.this thread would be full of self pity and berating everyone around me. The op has remained chipper and dignified throughout her ordeal and that makes her pretty amazing in my book!

I really hope something moves soon, horrible for you - flowers

ppeatfruit Thu 26-Dec-13 10:06:48

Oh dear poor you pixie I agree with LEMonce you are amazingly good natured considering everything !!! Linseed oil and or ground pumpkin seeds are good to help things along. Even the smallest amount of gluten won't help though sad

tribpot Thu 26-Dec-13 10:10:11

Yep, OP has been a marvel. Unlike the sodding health service.

I can't help thinking of Fred and George Weasley's trick pills U No Poo.

Pixiedust1973 Thu 26-Dec-13 12:24:02

Back again. Thanks for all your lovely messages of support. Perhaps my problem has been I left it too late before starting the sledgehammer treatment plan. Didn't realise it would get to this stage. I have probably been a bit too agreeable too. Had it not been Christmas day & i wasnt feeling so wretched through lack of sleep I would of insisted on staying in. Ended up having a reasonably good day in the end despite lack of poo still. Managed to eat a little bit of Christmas dinner & felt terrible after so went to sleep for a while. Later on we opened presents & my boyfriend asked me to marry him & gave me a gorgeous ring. smile Will continue with the poo treatments today. About to go to town & see if a short walk will help. If nothing happens its back to the gp tomorrow I suppose..

DeathByLaundry Thu 26-Dec-13 12:25:32

Congratulations! Let's hope poo follows suit and you can have a double celebration!

DeadMansBones Thu 26-Dec-13 12:27:27

thats lovely, congrats!

fingers crossed the poo makes an appearance soon.

tribpot Thu 26-Dec-13 12:36:35

Wow - congratulations, I'm amazed you're managing to feel pleased about anything at the moment grin

LucyLasticKnickers Thu 26-Dec-13 13:08:29

congratulations on that fsmile

soupmaker Thu 26-Dec-13 13:17:03

Congratulations Pixie. Glad you had a good day. Still willing on that poo for you.

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Thu 26-Dec-13 13:34:55

OMFG! Pixie! Huge congratulations! Hopefully a poo will follow... smile

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Thu 26-Dec-13 13:44:43

When I saw the congratulations I thought you had managed a poo! Did the congratulations was a bit weird! Romance is not dead massive congratulations from me too x

flatmum Thu 26-Dec-13 13:51:19

I get this chronically post childbirth it's a nightmare I really sympathise. I have recently had a vaginal repair which has helped a bit. I've tried everything listed on here. Only things that ever helped were Dulcolax tablets and an enema whilst in hospital and running (last thing you feel like I know) Hope you get some relief soon.

helzapoppin2 Thu 26-Dec-13 13:54:45

Pixie, congratulations! Hope situation resolves soon and you can go home.

revivingsnowshower Thu 26-Dec-13 14:04:52

Ha ha I thought congrats were a bit Ott reaction to you having a poo too! But that is lovely and I hope you are better soon and able to enjoy things. Do let us know if you are better, even though it is a bit nosy of us to be enquiring about the state of your bowels. I would love to hear you are feeling better and also interesting to know what worked. I will definitely start taking a laxative if ever I use codeine as a painkiller in future, as it had a bad effect on me, not as bad as you, but bad enough!

ChineseFireball Thu 26-Dec-13 14:12:04

Oh wow pixie congratulations on your engagement! How lovely smile

RomulanBattleBagel Thu 26-Dec-13 14:35:33

Congratulations pixie! Maybe keep the poo situ quiet from any potential best men, lest it makes its way into the wedding speeches fwink

Shocking you've had such crap treatment at ESH. I have mostly had good experiences there unlike my nearer hospital (Crawley)

<sending poo vibes>

BikeRunSki Thu 26-Dec-13 17:42:39

Pixie, congratulations! Although I wish I was congratulating you on having a poo!!!

I didn't poo for 4 weeks when I was pg with dd, despite Lactulose, movicol, senna, suppositories and lots of water and dried fruit and a spell in hospital. Then one day I went for a long walk - that got everything moving! I am sure you must have tried this.... but just in case.

Congratulations on your engagement OP, sorry to see you've not been yet though. fsmile

starofbethlehemfishmummy Thu 26-Dec-13 17:48:14

Congratulations on the engagement!!
I hope you go soon""

PacificDingbat Thu 26-Dec-13 18:06:07

I am coming very late to this, so first of all congratulations on your engagement smile.

Have you had this problem before?
Are you usually constipated/need help to go?

See your GP - it sounds like you may need to keep going with something like Picolax or Moviprep +/- enemas to get you going in the short term, but long-term I think you need to be investigated as an outpatient. Have you even had a colonoscopy? Ultrasound scanning does not really show hollow organs like the bowel v well.

You may have Slow Transit Constipation?

ILoveGlyfada Thu 26-Dec-13 21:35:07

Awwww congratulations on your engagement!
Hope you feel better soon, are you going back to the gp tomorrow?

Pixiedust1973 Fri 27-Dec-13 11:23:02

Thanks for the congrats I have had the start of something happening in the bowel area lol. Had some hidious bitter orange juice at the mother in laws yesterday as well as more pico & ended up running to the toilet a few times. This morning I had something heading more in the direction of normal poo, but still loose. Decided to give the gp a miss & have a lie in instead. Will only get the "nothing we can do over the holidays" spiel again anyway. Am going to see how things go if if necessary see emergency gp otherwise if things continue to move will wait until my scheduled gp appointment on 2nd January & suggest further investigation then. Might look into getting a colonic too. At the moment I have what feels like a very acid tummy & bowel areas. Am hoping it is the melting process continuing. Fingers crossed. Unfortunately I have my dad staying with me now & he's a complete liability so as my partner is at work doing anything else is pretty tricky anyway so I'm glad I avoided the gp. smile

GoingGoingGoth Fri 27-Dec-13 11:27:48

Oh that is good news (I have never been this interested in someone else's bowel movements)

Congrats on the engagement, and Fx that everything else is eased today.

PacificDingbat Fri 27-Dec-13 11:36:45

Oh good, sounds like there is something happening.

Get referred for a colonoscopy by a specialist colorectal surgeon - it gives you the effect of colonic irrigation, but with somebody who actually know what they are doing getting a change to look at your bowel and making sure everything is structurally normal.
See the graphic on this link (scroll down a bit) - your rectum is v likely quite distended and putting an irrigation hose up there now will have a higher risk of perforation than in a 'normal' bowel.

revivingsnowshower Fri 27-Dec-13 12:55:28

That's great. Hope you get on ok with your dad there. Good idea see dr when open again and see if you need the colonoscopy then.

ILoveGlyfada Fri 27-Dec-13 14:04:41

I am glad you had some b movement, hope you get well soon.

Pixiedust1973 Fri 27-Dec-13 15:02:49

Thanks for the congrats I have had the start of something happening in the bowel area lol. Had some hidious bitter orange juice at the mother in laws yesterday as well as more pico & ended up running to the toilet a few times. This morning I had something heading more in the direction of normal poo, but still loose. Decided to give the gp a miss & have a lie in instead. Will only get the "nothing we can do over the holidays" spiel again anyway. Am going to see how things go if if necessary see emergency gp otherwise if things continue to move will wait until my scheduled gp appointment on 2nd January & suggest further investigation then. Might look into getting a colonic too. At the moment I have what feels like a very acid tummy & bowel areas. Am hoping it is the melting process continuing. Fingers crossed. Unfortunately I have my dad staying with me now & he's a complete liability so as my partner is at work doing anything else is pretty tricky anyway so I'm glad I avoided the gp. smile

Pixiedust1973 Fri 27-Dec-13 15:06:57

Oopps. Sorry. For some reason it reposted myvladt message. Will definitely ask my gp for a colonscopy when I go there. It is likely he will refuse to refer if there is no current obvious issue though to save money. We will see.

PacificDingbat Fri 27-Dec-13 15:09:33

I don't get the 'saving money' bit - this landed you in hospital; how expensive was that??

What you are describing on this thread is not run-of-the-milll constipation as a lot of people get from time to time. You've had heavy duty laxatives including osmotic and stimulant ones with little result.
No GP worth their salt will be reluctant to refer. Nor should they.

Money! Pfffft.

NatashaBee Fri 27-Dec-13 15:10:46

The loose stools sound very much like constipation with stools leaking round the sides.

JeanSeberg Fri 27-Dec-13 17:28:52

Much ado about nothing.

Pixiedust1973 Fri 27-Dec-13 20:14:40

Will push the GP for further investigation. I agree, it definitely shouldn't be a money saving issue, but more often than not with the NHS it is. Managed to eat over half of my dinner today so thats an improvement. I definitely want to get back to normal & not let this happen ever again!

tribpot Fri 27-Dec-13 21:28:00

This is the right time of year, though - if the commissioners have been stingy with referrals to save money they often have a surplus in January that needs to get spent before end of March!

Either way, it doesn't sound like the blockage has come out yet, and the GP can't really dispute that there is a current issue when the hospital has an x-ray showing said blockage on it.

Congrats! Hurry up poo.

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Fri 27-Dec-13 22:54:50

What do you mean by that Jeanseaburg?? Constipation may generally be a trivial discomfort but it can actually be life threatening - so why the trite comment?

lougle Fri 27-Dec-13 23:05:24

Constipation can be an acute emergency. No laughing matter. It can make a perfectly sane individual utterly deranged because toxins build up in the system.

JeanSeberg Fri 27-Dec-13 23:13:03

I mean if it was so serious OP would not be on here posting about engagements.

lougle Fri 27-Dec-13 23:15:27

That's not so. The OP has a definite blockage. It's been confirmed by x-ray. She posted at a time when she couldn't stomach a meal. It is worrying when you're bodily functions cease to function for no apparent reason.

tribpot Fri 27-Dec-13 23:16:09

Well the woman can't take a crap, she's got a lot of time on her hands to post on MN. Many of us do more with less excuse smile

lougle Fri 27-Dec-13 23:16:52

Last year a poster posted about having 'period pain' and it turned out to be ectopics. Another poster posted about her DS who was 'very sleepy' - he had massive complications of undiagnosed chicken pox and was actually unconscious. People do post about things that can be quite, quite serious, so that logic doesn't hold out.

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Sat 28-Dec-13 00:13:20

Wow Jean - you are a real joy! Are people only allowed to post if they are at deaths door - well, thats clearly not going to work, they'll be too busy dying to post!

revivingsnowshower Sat 28-Dec-13 03:37:06

It is a pretty nasty condition and op has a particularly bad case of it. I did feel sorry for her over Christmas and felt once they admitted her to hospital originally they could have treated her. I'm glad she posted some updates as I am interested to know she feels better, and what worked for her treatment. Also it is important she does see dr again to make sure it is simply a bad case of everyday constipation (which I think it probably is due to the codeine she was taking)and there is no underlying problem. It is certainly worth getting checked though and screening is often done to check on people with bowel problems.

MistressDeeCee Sat 28-Dec-13 03:49:19

Linseed. Go to Holland & Barrett and get some, its an age old natural remedy that works. Sprinkle linseed onto your food. Also drink prune juice. You can get strong medicines as you will know, but natural works just as well if not far better.

dustwhatdust Sat 28-Dec-13 12:24:44

With posts like JeanSeberg's , god help her 'friends' -they've probably given up hoping for any support from her - long ago !

JeanSeberg Sat 28-Dec-13 12:32:37

I'm sure they appreciate your concern.

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Sat 28-Dec-13 13:24:30

Has there been any "movement" OP? fingers crossed for you

sleepywombat Sat 28-Dec-13 13:27:47

Congratulations! I think only REPEATED enemas will get rid of the blockage.

In future, I'd really recommend you take magnesium oxide. It is safer than movicol or similar because your body gets rid of what it doesn't need. I am pregnant atm & have found everything has slowed down (leading to piles - oh joy), so if I haven't been for 2 days, regardless of whether or not I feel constipated will glug down some mag oxide in water. It really works a treat.

Also avoid extra fibre at all costs. It will bulk up stool & make blockages worse.

Good luck

littlejo67 Sat 28-Dec-13 16:57:25

I was out on Xmas day having lunch and I mentioned to my teenagers that I was reading this thread (one asked what I was thinking).
When I got in I checked to see if there had been progress...
It was a bit like the feeling you get when waiting for the next episode of your favourite soap... anticipation and expectation....
Never ever had I been remotely interested in other peoples bowel movements before.......

tribpot Sat 28-Dec-13 17:01:06

Exactly, littlejo. I think M&S should do a commemorative box of biscuits - as they did for the birth of Prince George - when this poo finally makes its appearance. The OP has suffered greatly over Christmas and we're all wishing her bowels return to optimum health shortly.

littlejo67 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:25:17

Maybe a commemorative plaque...
Or a certificate recognising her achievement....
A framed photo, like babies first picture....

PacificDingbat Sat 28-Dec-13 17:33:15
PacificDingbat Sat 28-Dec-13 17:33:33

My apologies.

I could not help myself blushsadgrin

LucyLasticBand Sat 28-Dec-13 17:39:12

i hope it arrives this year! fgrin

littlejo67 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:48:51

Lets hope things improve in the faece-able future, and that the OP won`t be deturd.

tribpot Sat 28-Dec-13 18:05:01

Oooh, littlejo. Poo-r. Very poo-r. wink

Pacific - yes, I think something like that, maybe in silver as a pendant could be lovely.

I've been reading this thread with bated breath too! A large dose of magnesium (up to 800mg I think but check to be on the safe side) works really well. It's used as a pre surgical laxative and lots of people are deficient in it. Hope you're better really soon.

princessalbert Sat 28-Dec-13 22:40:37

Hope you have been by nowOP ?

Ememem84 Sat 28-Dec-13 22:57:19

I read whole thread earlier. Intrigued. I hope the op's been lucky now.

tribpot Sat 28-Dec-13 22:59:52

I'm assuming the reason why the OP hasn't updated us today is that she's spent the whole day on the loo. wink

Selks Sat 28-Dec-13 23:23:00

Poowatch! grin

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Sun 29-Dec-13 12:21:33

Hope the op is ok - this will inly be funny onc3 we know she is ok

honeybee66 Mon 30-Dec-13 12:18:13

Pixie How are you?

tribpot Mon 30-Dec-13 12:42:34

Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo! Poo!

Just some words of encouragement.

princessalbert Mon 30-Dec-13 15:07:33

Any news OP ?

I hope you are all sorted now.

ImperialBlether Mon 30-Dec-13 21:06:20

OP, I am worried about you! Let us know you're OK, will you?

CuntyBunty Mon 30-Dec-13 22:39:14

I am worried too. A high up blockage and they just left her?

I have a feeling she is now in hospital hopefully getting sorted.

Hope you are ok Op, it's been a long time now.

revivingsnowshower Mon 30-Dec-13 22:46:03

I hope she is ok too and feeling better x

ILoveGlyfada Tue 31-Dec-13 12:47:34

Everything ok? Worried about you x

BsshBossh Tue 31-Dec-13 16:19:10

Another poster hoping all is well OP...

jezzasjockstrap Wed 01-Jan-14 18:11:53

And another hoping all is sorted.

Musicaltheatremum Wed 01-Jan-14 22:52:24

As a GP JeanSeberg'spost is out of order. OP I would refer you for a colonoscopy. You could have a stricture in the bowel (narrowing) can't remember how old you are but although serious causes are rare they do happen.

Santabroughtmethis Wed 01-Jan-14 22:57:11

Blend up some raw beetroot, an orange, apple and splash of apple juice.

Its like a free colonic smile

CadleCrap Thu 02-Jan-14 10:14:23

Any movement?

Footle Thu 02-Jan-14 11:26:31

This isn't normal constipation so none of the normal advice and remedies seem appropriate. Colonoscopy surely, by this stage ?

princessalbert Thu 02-Jan-14 11:31:45

It is definitely not normal constipation.

I just want to know if OP is okay.

Please come back pixiedust and let us all know that you are fine.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 02-Jan-14 12:37:09

A friend's daughter (early teens) got blocked up (chronic constipation sufferer from birth). She was given lactulose to soften up stools so it could get out and senna to break down the old stuff. Took 3 months.

This was after x-rays etc, so they knew what the blockage was.

Hope OP is ok, and that is all it is.

goshhhhhh Thu 02-Jan-14 17:20:24

Hi OP, have been following this and do hope you are ok. Let us know when you can.

whatshallwedo Thu 02-Jan-14 18:57:51

Have just read this whole thread in one go and was hoping op would've had a poo by now!

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 02-Jan-14 22:36:04

Hope all ok OP

EasterHoliday Fri 03-Jan-14 10:12:58

any news?

CadleCrap Sun 05-Jan-14 11:52:37

Still nothing??

Thinking of you op, hope you're ok.

tribpot Thu 09-Jan-14 07:45:53

I'm guessing the OP forgot to come back and update this thread, hoping all okay.

howmuchworse Thu 09-Jan-14 13:34:02

I reckon so too. Shame, I was interested to know if/how it was resolved.

princessalbert Thu 09-Jan-14 14:14:32

Same here.

Lilliput Thu 09-Jan-14 18:24:04

I couldn't stand the suspense any longer so have sent op a pm!

gussiegrips Thu 09-Jan-14 20:29:44

PM? Poo Mover?

ILoveGlyfada Thu 09-Jan-14 23:42:17

Lilliput has op replied? Just concerned about her, hope she is ok.

Lilliput Fri 10-Jan-14 07:44:30

No nothing yet.

Pixiedust1973 Fri 10-Jan-14 14:34:31

Hello, Sorry for forgetting to update. Thanks for the PM Lilliput. smile Things have been moving along reasonably well but I went to my GP on 2nd January to see if the blockage was completely cleared. He said he can still feel something so has referred me for further investigations, what this will involve who knows? In the meantime I am feeling fine apart from still having the chronic pain & needing the codeine so am taking Laxido regularly to ensure things don't get as bad as they were. Am going to Wales this weekend with my Fiancé (his family live there) to go to wedding fairs & see potential venues. All very exciting. Thank you everyone for all your lovely & sometimes quite funny posts which really cheered me up during what was a horrible time. I will endeavour to update the thread when I have more news. smile

princessalbert Fri 10-Jan-14 14:50:27

Thanks for the update pixie. Hope that this does resolve- and you get back to how you should be feeling.

CuntyBunty Fri 10-Jan-14 15:39:04

I am glad you are still with us. I was imagining all sorts. Phew!

Jammygal Fri 10-Jan-14 15:41:34

Hi Pixie when I was having issues I was referred to specialist who took my history etc He referred me for gynae scan as well as flexi sigmoidoscopy. This is where they stick a magic eye up your backside and have a look on the camera. Sounds bad I know but worth it for reassurance etc and usually means you don't need an aesthetic which is a plus! I imagine your case will involve something similar but guess its different from place to place;-)

LucyLasticBand Fri 10-Jan-14 21:56:24

oh thanks for ocming back, glad things are moving along qutie well.

CadleCrap Fri 10-Jan-14 22:02:57

Good news! smile
(Never have so many been concerned about a poo!)

helzapoppin2 Fri 10-Jan-14 22:29:58

Wishing you all the best for those wedding preparations!
I've been married 31 whole years, so wish you all the love in the world!

livelablove Fri 10-Jan-14 22:34:24

Glad you are well, if not completely recovered. Hope all goes well with further investigations.

OP, have rtft (honestly grin) but can't remember all the details, sorry

So, I don't know if this is of any use, but my DD who has IBS (though has only recently tried to give up gluten etc completely) started taking these probiotics a week or so ago, & from endless horrible cycles of constipation/diarrhoea (mostly constipation, she got through tons of senokot) has entered a magic world of comfortable regularity - she is amazed!

(oh, sorry, & good luck with wedding & everything, you deserve to start having a nicer time smile)

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Sun 12-Jan-14 18:48:16

Oh, so glad to read that you finally had a poo and didn't explode smile Its good to get some furhter investigation just to be sure.

Many congratulations on the forthcoming nuptuals - i don't think i have ever been so invested in someone else's bowel movements and was gutted when this thread fell off my active list. Thanks for updating OP x

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