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SEVERE CONSTIPATION HAS ANYONE ANY ADVICE CANT TAKE MUCH MORE(22 Posts)
Okay so have had severe constipation for near 2 weeks now I'm 10 weeks pregnant and can't go at all and can't even pass wind. I've bad sickness but now sickness is getting worse as I'm so bunged up. Was at a&e last night as was throwing up blood n they said am so bunged there's nowhere for anything to go. They gave me an enema and laxido and lactulose and I barely moved anything. She put me on a drip and left me a while to see if I moved at all but I didn't so she gave me more laxidiths and another enema to take home with me I've done the enema this morning and I'm still not moving if an enema won't move it what will losing my mind here
Oh you poor thing. I have suffered from some pretty severe constipation in my time (I take Laxido for life now) but this sounds extreme.
What dosage of Laxido are you taking right now? You need to be taking the maximum dose (is it around eight sachets) every day until this blockage moves. And I promise it will, even though you feel like you're going to die right now.
Keep up the enemas as well. Basically you need to attack the problem from above and below until it's sorted, and THEN keep up with the Laxido as a maintenance dose, to keep yourself regular through the pregnancy.
Oh, and you'll get people suggesting going for a walk, eating bran flakes, etc etc. These people don't know what severe constipation is like Bran especially is a complete no no because it will make the blockage much worse. You are beyond any sort of food based remedy right now.
Also, don't hesitate to go back to A&E today if you see no improvement. What did they say about the vomiting blood? Worse case scenario is you have some sort of bowel blockage that isn't constipation.
I would give it a few hours and if still nothing go back to the hospital.
Two sachets a day they've told me to take yea my mum keeps telling me prunes but they aren't working ffs it's so frustrating and they said the blood was my stomach ripping from being sick as the food had absolutely nowhere to go so I was ripping my stomach being sick. Its so frustrating I take an enema and it just doesn't relieve it and I've never been this backed up I feel like crying I feel like a bloated beach whale x
Two is not enough. I took two last night and haven't been today!
I've just checked my box and it says eight sachets daily, taken within a six hour period, is the dose for faecal impaction, so I think you should do that. If you want to try increasing gradually, try six today and eight tomorrow. Laxido is just a stool softener, so it won't cause you any stomach cramps - just the raging trots when it starts to work, which will be a relief I'm sure!
You really have my sympathy, have had it happen when not pregnant and it was horrendous. Had to have a colonic in the end, but don't think they are allowed in pregnancy. I would definitely go back to the hospital.
I find that prune puree helps keep me regular and prevents constipation. Not much good when you are already backed up though.
Drinking warm water is good, as your body absorbs warm water better than cold and helps to soften the stools. Just drink it slowly though.
Oh its all a nightmare thank you seaoflove I will try that and thanks apple will try that also
I feel for you, it's painful and miserable being so badly bunged up, but 6-8 sachets should unbung you like Dynorod You might need to wait a while for it to work, but I'd expect results by tomorrow at the latest if you drink eight sachets today.
Mix it with squash, because it tastes bloody horrible.
Oh poor you, it really is grim. Mine hasn't been quite that severe but I have found getting my knees up into a squat position helps. Google squatty potty. My dad also found it helpful when he was suffering during recent cancer treatments.
However it sounds like yours may be too severe for this so I would probably go back to hospital on the short term. In the long term, this might be a problem throughout your pregnancy so perhaps squatting, olive oil, lots of water and other small lifestyle changes might help prevent it from becoming this bad again? Worth a try but it sounds life you need some help at this stage.
I really feel for you. It really doors name life utterly miserable. Hope it gets better soon.
Eat a lot of kiwi with the skin and drink plenty of water! Kiwi helps so much! Try have 4-5 a day for few days
I've had severe fecal impaction before, it's horrible. I swear by taking quite a large dose of magnesium supplement. Magnesium is naturally used for this in the body, it will help break the blockage up. I have some 400mg capsules and if it gets bad I take 3-4 of these. Within a couple of hours it's worked. I take one every couple of days now to maintain and it works.
You might be past that though, so I'd say back to a&e if no joy soon. Surely ripping your stomach isn't good!
Hi sorry to hijack
What make are your magnesium 400mg please, so you mean you take 4 tablet ie 1600mg all at once?
I think if it just doesn't move they do a manual evacuation.....
No advice just sympathy - have just recovered from being constipated after a week on morphine. Hope you get some relief soon
Mini, they are natures made ones from Amazon, you can get 250mg from holland & Barratt. yes I take 4 x 400mg so 1600mg if I'm really bad.
The sports industry use it to try and help people loose weight, it's called magnesium loading and it's side affects are well documented
OP, I had this with my first pregnancy!
You know the ad for laxatives, and she keeps piling stuff in her bag, and carrying it around...
Well,I never see that ad without recalling my ordeal!
Im a nurse, was working on the wards. I remember it was a Sunday, late shift. I don't think it was quite two weeks, but near enough. Like you I was around 10 weeks.I had already helped myself to all the stuff in the trolley-nada.
I went down to the shop and bought a punnet of grapes, a punnet of plums, a few bottles of fresh OJ, kiwis...you get the picture. Liquidy,soft fruit,and loads of fresh OJ.
I took the lot. And I mean, the lot. The others were like, you're gonna shit that baby out,lol!
Loads of tummy pains, but nothing...until that night, I did a good poo.
Then that was it for another week. I'm amazed I didn't explode.
I just kept taking loads of soft fruit, fresh OJ, and it sorted itself out over the next month.
I never suffered like that with any of my other pregnancies. Thank goodness.
You have my sympathy.
This is gross but sometimes needs must. I once got so constipated that I ended up achieving relief through manual evacuation. For me, the stools got to my back passage, but no further no matter how much i squeezed. I trimmed my nails right down, donned pair of latex gloves and went for a rummage. Managed to fish out a few pebbles and that seem to kick start my guts, the rest came out under its own steam.
Oh OP you have my sympathy, I've been in your shoes and it is horrible. I recommend glycerin suppositories to hopefully clear this blockage. The laxido will work as others have said if you take the max dose but you really need to up your water intake. Like seriously up it and once this shifts still drink buckets of water, it helps keep you regular. Hope you feel better soon.
You could try some glycerin suppositories, you can buy them over the counter. May help, am pretty sure you can have up to 8 laxido a day but that may be different as you are pregnant.
When you sit on the loo put your feet on a stool so your knees are up high.
Also some vaseline around your bottom, if all else fails I would go back to a&e as you may need an x.ray to see how far back the impaction goes.
Oh I feel your pain, I had this but not quite as bad at 10 weeks too.
You deffo need to up the dose to the full fecal impaction dose (8 sachets in 6 hours for movicol).
I still get it bad every few weeks or so. Sounds rank but on Friday I finally followed a bit of advice I saw on here, thumb up the fanjo to work it down. I couldn't believe what I felt - solid rocks parked sideways. Cleared the blockage pretty swiftly and have been daily (small hard amounts ) since whilst getting back on the movicol.
I tried the glycerine suppositories but they made me feel really sick, cramps and didn't actually shift anything.
Hope you get some relief soon?
So sorry to hear you're so poorly op. I hope it shifts for you soon. Just wanted to say they won't want to X-ray your abdomen because you're pregnant and could harm the baba. If they suggest it tell them you're pregnant again xx
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