Tug Posted March 20 Report Share Posted March 20 Hello anyone reading this. I just wanted to share a couple tips and briefly share my experience. I've had severe constipation for over ten years now. I good bowel days and bad bowel days, like most of you I'm sure. The worse the bowel days, the more taxed my mental health is (I think it's natural for anyone, even the happiest person in the world, to feel depression/sadness/bitterness when one can't poop for days on end). You all may think this next part is dumb and obvious, but for whatever reason I just discovered it: I have more bowel movements when I stick to the same daily schedule, waking up at the same time, sleeping at about the same time, eating meals at the same times, and taking some fiber (Metamucil cookies) at the same time. For years I'd wake up and sleep at odd times, for example sleeping much later on the weekends, which altered the times I ate. Sticking to a schedule seems to help, for what it's worth. When I'm experiencing bad symptoms on my hard days/weeks, I take Dulcolax pills at night before bed (2 b/c 1 doesn't work), which gives me diarrhea for several hours the next day, but at least it eases the constipation. I've also had the same results with milk of magnesia (gross!). In case of an emergency, when I've been constipated for many days and can't take it anymore, I have had success with a suppository laxative, but man do those burn like hell. Lastly, if anyone is still reading this, I agree with a lot of other posts that a large part of the constipation problem is mental. For instance, while it may seem to you or doctors or whoever that the colon just isn't working, often I think the colon is "working" fine, but it just isn't getting the mental signal from the brain that it's time to poop. I have the weirdest case, which I wonder if anyone else has: I usually only poop when I'm at work and I get a bit of anxiety. For whatever reason, every time I do my job/work I get just a tad anxious and that sends a signal to go, go, go! Conversely, when I'm totally relaxed (say, on vacation or just chilling on weekends), my colon does absolutely nothing and I'm locked up indefinitely. I've tried mostly without success to recreate the anxiety feeling in order to send the 'poop' signal to my colon; it's worked maybe once in like 50 tries. It's tough to recreate the emotion/feeling. Anyways, just wanted to post. Happy if anyone has any tips tricks for me, and I'm also happy to answer any questions if I can help anyone. Cheers. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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