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Severe Constipation...please help!

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Created October 21, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Hi Good People,

26 years now, and I have been having terrible life with this horrible constipation. It has gotten worst for last 1 year or so. For weeks and now...even for months, I can't get solid waste out of my body. I don't remember my last trip to female restroom. I tried everything...controlling diet, taking oral pills, not eating anything for days, but nothing seems to work. Is it because I am a woman, I mean my gender that has to do with this constipation thing? Please please help me. Last night, I had to put fingers into my throat so that I could throw up and release extreme pressure in my poor belly.

Please help...I see GOD in you guys!

Miss Nancy

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Many thanks, Jo. Good day to you. Nancy

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:07 AM

This is so encouraging. Many thanks Jennifer. Nancy.

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Many many thanks. I so deeply appreciate all the advice that I am getting here. It is PRICELESS. Love you people! Nancy

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'm going to agree with dmi, being chronically constipation is not normal. You should see a doctor and have them rule out some sort of larger problem (than poor diet).

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I used Ducolax stool softener https://www.dulcolaxusa.com/consumer/softener/index.jsp You take it orally, 1-3 a day. I took 3 in one day, with lots and lots of water.

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Can you please advise me which stool softener to use? Is it taken orally or inserted physically? Which softener worked for you? Thanks - Nancy

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Renee, if Nancy has digestive issues (which she obviously does) she should not be eating starch.

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I just looked into flaxseed, and you're right - seems like consuming flaxseed on a daily basis isn't the best thing to do. Thanks for the tip on acacia fiber! I don't live in the US right now, so it's hard for me to get stuff like there where I am. Any other suggestions?

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on October 21, 2012
at 03:45 PM

That's what my Lebanese grandmother swore by, too. As a child, I experienced it quite a few times, and it does work.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I am glad you found something that works for you. I did ground flax, as well as chia, for ages. However I gave them both up when I went Paleo, as they are not Paleo. Now I use acacia fibre (which Chris Kresser recommends), probiotics and fat to keep me regular.

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:46 AM

LMAO...ok...I call bullshit (pun intended). You need a corn husk colonic. Works wonders and it is an unforgetable experience. I'm sure you will enjoy....Bottoms up!

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:34 AM

coconut oil and magnesium. but you do need to see a GI doc right away. Over time, this can cause permanent distention of your colon and honestly, all manner of problems. Consider this an emergency and act accordingly.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Coconut oil works wonders. Put it in your coffee (1 to 3 Tablespoons) or eat it straight. Also agree with above, water, magnesium and diet.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Also: soluble fiber (starch), fat, probiotics and magnesium. Are you doing all of these?

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:48 AM

PLEASE LIST EVERYTHING YOU ARE EATING IN A DAY. We can't help you without knowing this. Also, NOT EATING is exactly the opposite of what you should do, as it slows down your whole system. Regular substantial meals are what trigger peristalsis.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:44 AM

Are you drinking lots of water? Dehydration is a big contributor to constipation. Herbal teas can also do wonders. If it's really bad, seeing a doctor may be the best option. Maybe you have a blockage?

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:03 AM

You should definitely go to the doctor if you have such severe constipation! Who knows what could be the reason, and it is certainly not because you're a woman.

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'm going to agree with dmi, being chronically constipation is not normal. You should see a doctor and have them rule out some sort of larger problem (than poor diet).

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:40 AM

I also think, if you really haven't had a proper BM in months, there is probably a lot of impacted fecal matter in there. The longer it stays in your body, the more hard and dried out it gets (as your body absorbs the liquid), so the harder it is going to be to pass. That's why constipation can have a snowball effect. I'm thinking your first course of action should be a series of colonics to get most of that old stuff out of there. Then the probiotics and fat etc in your diet can actually have some impact.

I've suffered from severe constipation as well, so I speak from experience.

Also, start squatting with your feet on the toilet to have a bowel movement. And also squatting on the floor when you want to go, i.e. right after breakfast, to get your bowels going. I hang out in squat, sipping tea and reading the news on my laptop, every morning.

Abdominal massage can also be very effective. RMTs are trained in massage for constipation. And you can do it yourself as well.

Ice cold compresses on your belly can also help, as they draw blood to the area, improving circulation. Sounds weird but 20 minutes of this can trigger that urge to poop.

I have so many more ideas, but this is probably enough for now. Point being this is very surmountable. I still have issues, but I go pretty much every day now.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:33 PM

Oh god I definitely feel your pain. Constipation is something I also deal with in my life. I usually have a bowel movement right after I finish breakfast in the mornings, that's like my window of opportunity to go. If it doesn't happen in the morning, I'm unable to go until next morning (hopefully). Last month for some reason I had a bout of constipation that lasted about three weeks. It was absolutely miserable. I didn't want to take laxatives so I did everything else - prunes, squatting, lots of water, etc. My diet was already pretty clean to begin with.

Finally after weeks of only having 1-2 bowel movements, I decided to take three Ducolax stool softeners. I also did a lot of research and found that apparently, magnesium is important for bowel movements, which is found in cocoa powder. Fats are also helpful for digestion (bile production and all that), and I found that some people recomended taking a spoonful of pure olive oil in the mornings before breakfast.

So I took one stool softener at noon, and two more at 9pm. That day I also had some yogurt and some ground flaxseed. The next morning, before I ate my breakfast (one sunny side up egg), I took a tablespoon of olive oil. Ate my egg, drank my hot black tea (hot liquids help you get that urge to go), and a few minutes later I was able to have a full bowel movement! That day I went I took two more stool softeners just to make sure the next morning I was able to clear everything out.

I fear getting constipated like that again, because for those three weeks I felt so uncomfortable everyday, and it was mentally stressful. I felt so debilitated. So since then, everyday I will drink at least 2.2 L of water, and have my yogurt mix of sugar-free yogurt, 1-2 Tbsp of flaxseeds (ground up), and a Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. And everyday since then I've had a pretty hefty bowel movement. The flaxseed definitely helps in providing bulk to your stool and soften it, as long as you drink enough water everyday. I also make sure I have some papaya after a heavy meat meal. Fiber and veggies are somewhat important, but not as important as it has been made out to be.

I would advise you to take some magnesium citrate to clean everything out as well as some stool softeners, since it sounds like you have a lot of old impacted fecal matter in there and it may be too dried out to get it out through usual methods like prunes or healthy eating. If it still doesn't come out, you should really see a doctor!! Then to prevent it from happening again make sure your diet is clean, and drink lots of water everyday. Make sure you get enough magnesium in your diet, and I would recommend a daily serving of yogurt (no sugar added!) and flaxseed, only because I've found that it has definitely helped me stay regular. Yogurt for probiotics, and flaxseed to help add bulk to your stool and to help soften it. Good luck, I hope you're able to resolve this issue. I know how horrible it is! :(

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I am glad you found something that works for you. I did ground flax, as well as chia, for ages. However I gave them both up when I went Paleo, as they are not Paleo. Now I use acacia fibre (which Chris Kresser recommends), probiotics and fat to keep me regular.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I just looked into flaxseed, and you're right - seems like consuming flaxseed on a daily basis isn't the best thing to do. Thanks for the tip on acacia fiber! I don't live in the US right now, so it's hard for me to get stuff like there where I am. Any other suggestions?

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I used Ducolax stool softener https://www.dulcolaxusa.com/consumer/softener/index.jsp You take it orally, 1-3 a day. I took 3 in one day, with lots and lots of water.

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Can you please advise me which stool softener to use? Is it taken orally or inserted physically? Which softener worked for you? Thanks - Nancy

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on October 21, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I cannot help you, if you have gone months without proper Poopage then it seems that your poop is broken. When your Poopage is broken then you must start again, begin at the beginning, and ask "Why is my Poopage broken?"

Only then can you proceed to the higher path.

You must begin again.

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on October 21, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Please get yourself to a doctor. Like, now! When your immediate situation is under control, remember to eat vegetables and fruit. Paleo/Primal people talk about meat and fat a lot, but vegetables are such an important part of the equation. Also, cheese can really stop up your digestive system, so I recommend reducing or eliminating dairy consumption if constipation is a problem for you.

To Recap:

1) GET TO DOCTOR NOW. SERIOUSLY.

2) Eat veggies every day. Fruit counts, too!

3) Try reducing or eliminating dairy, especially cheese.

Hope this works for you.

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:15 PM

A friend of mine who is from Africa says that if you take a small fragment of soap (like just regular bath soap) and pop it up there (you know where), shortly you'll be shitting "like you were paid to do it". She scoffs at all of the laxatives, stool softeners, and other pharmaceuticals that people buy, because she says this is a free and effective method to get the mail moving.

I have never tried it myself. I suspect that if you were really seriously constipated for days that this might not work, but there doesn't seem much harm in trying...

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on October 21, 2012
at 03:45 PM

That's what my Lebanese grandmother swore by, too. As a child, I experienced it quite a few times, and it does work.

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:05 AM

I had severe constipation which let up when I stopped eating strict paleo but then nothing seemed to work after a while. After I finished a course of antibiotics for lyme disease I was having ok bowel movements. Now I notice I'm getting clogged up again. Are you stressed out? I can tell you that stress will stop your colon because it's a basic survival mechanism built into the human body. That fight or flight hormonal cascae shuts down your peristalsis so you can get away from killer animals. Just sayin' I am a nurse in a nursing home and feel for the old ladies who can't poop because I know what it's like. I'll also say that I'm not above doing enemas. Enemas are actually better than oral laxatives. Please do go see a gastroenterologist though and keep us posted.

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:17 AM

Miss Nancy,

Whatever you do, do not try and force it! I found this out the hard way when I developed an expensive rectal prolapse which required surgery. In an emergency buy glycerin suppositories which you will have to stick up your arse for near instant relief. For surgery patients are sometimes told to drink a full bottle of Magnesium Citrate because it seriously flushes you out within 1/2 to 6 hours. Stool softeners and harsh laxatives will not work long term as your body quickly develops a tolerance to them. Miralax (which is now available over the counter) is highly effective and your body will be slow to develop a tolerance but it is still a drug that is not recommended for more than two weeks (search the web for its side effects). Metamucil or just organic psyllium husk fiber (they have this at health stores) is probably the best long term solution and it has the bonus benefit of being beneficial for diarrhea because it also acts like a bulking agent (gives you something to push against), this also gives your bowel movements a slick mucus covered coating. Psyllium takes 12 to 72 hours to work its way through you. Any food that gives you gas can be helpful but plain fiber has always been worthless in my experience. You need to check your prescription medications because they are ruthless constipators and potentially ruinous to the bowels. All prescription side effects should be looked at as direct effects of poisoning and never be taken lightly.

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Many many thanks. I so deeply appreciate all the advice that I am getting here. It is PRICELESS. Love you people! Nancy

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on May 26, 2014
at 05:26 PM

It's NOT normal, you should be having a bowel movement daily. First, you should most definitely go to a Gastroenterologist or Integrative Doctor to rule out any possible conditions or blockage. If they are unable to find anything, here are a few additional solutions you can try:

Check out www.solvingleakygut.com (It's a program created by Jordan and Steve from scdlifestyle.com, but you can get a gist of their general program by researching on both of their sites). They theorize that many digestive disorders are caused by intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut syndrome). In order to heal your gut (and your related symptoms, which in your case is chronic constipation), you need to eat non inflammation causing foods (about 80% similar to the Paleo auto-immune protocol with several more restrictions), repair your gut (eat foods that don't irritate your gut for several months, colostrum, probiotics, digestive enzymes, etc). Try taking magngesium citrate or glycinate slowly until your get a bowel movement (no more than 1,200mg per day). Then, they recommend that you perform several stool analysis tests to find out if you have any type of GI infections (protozoa, bacteria, parasitic worms, candida, SIBO etc. They've found that 95% of their patients have them and they usually occur in multiples) and then you treat those specific infections. According to their research, eventually you should be able to have much more frequent bowel movements and be able to tailor off most of their recommendations. Curezone.com also has several great articles on bowel health. They have a rather large section on how to clean out mucoid plaque (you can google pictures if you have the stomach for it). They believe that because of the Standard American Diet, fecal plaque accumulates along the intestinal walls and hardens, making it difficult to have daily bowel movements. Eventually, it completely solidifies leaving your intestines with only a small opening for the matter to pass through. Here is the specific link with more information: http://curezone.com/cleanse/bowel/

In summary, you could most certainly resort to taking a high dose of magnesium every day. Start off with 200mg and increase daily until you get a bowel movement the following day, then continue taking that dosage and adjust accordingly. If you find that the first form of magnesium doesn't work, experiment with another form until you get one that does. Keep in mind though, that while this is traditionally a safe method of relieving constipation, it will not solve the root cause of your constipation (unless you have a deficiency in magnesium which is causing the constipation). Disclaimer:

This is not medical advice and should be used for informational purposes only. I am not a Doctor.

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on May 23, 2014
at 06:57 PM

When you eat cleaner you naturally detoxify. You awaken toxins as your body cleanses itself. Your body's main way to eliminate toxins are via the bowel. Sometimes when you eat cleaner you awaken more toxins than your bowel can handle, which results in constipation. To really enjoy the benefits of a clean diet, get a gravity method colonic to remove the excess toxins and help tone the bowel. Read 'The Raw Food Detox Diet' by Natalia Rose or 'The Body Ecology Diet' by Donna Gates for more information. Peace out @Nancy 14

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on November 02, 2012
at 04:06 AM

I overcame sever constipation myself. I just wrote my thoughts on another thread about constipation a few minutes ago.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/156798/chronic-constipation-issues/159142#159142

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on October 22, 2012
at 09:45 PM

I have had the same issue! Sever pain from going long bouts with no movements! Nothing worked, changed up my diet many times. nothing seemed to make a difference. Over the counter products stopped working. i ended up going about 3 months on my last horrible bout! After rounds with MD's and getting no where I found a doc of natural medicine. She diagnosed me with chronic giarda! She put me on a plan using natural products, enzymes and other stuff for 100days. It worked! I have been regular for the first time in my life and feel great! Hope this helps! I can 'feel' your pain!!

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on October 23, 2012
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This is so encouraging. Many thanks Jennifer. Nancy.

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on October 22, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Hi Nancy, As people have mentioned above - please get your condition checked out by a doc first. I have suffered the same issues all my life and found out from a colonoscopy that I have a reduntant bowel (extra long) so it takes much longer for stool to travel through the colon and will get dry and 'stuck' along the way. I need to drink loads of water. Some other things I have done that have made a huge difference are: Reducing the amount of protein I was eating. Not in a dramatic way, but I was over eating protein and this can be very hard on digestion. I just stick to 65gms of protein per day (which is perfect for me).Reducing the amount of veges I was eating. Eating loads of fibre can work for some people but not everyone. Too much fibre can cause too much bulking. I still eat veges with every meal but I have reduced the amount and stay away from raw veges. Increase fats.....duck fat, coconut oil and macadamia oil all work for me. Eat lashings of it with your veges. I started going to an infra-red sauna 1-2 x week. There are many benefits to infra-red saunas, one of them is that it stimulates all the internal organs. Also get yourself checked for candida overgrowth - this was an issue for me as well. A few colonic sessions are also a good idea. I feel your pain...good luck!

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Many thanks, Jo. Good day to you. Nancy

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on October 21, 2012
at 04:09 AM

Magnesium Malate tablets twice per day, strict paleo diet, you should have no problems, eat lots of vegetables and squash, sweet potatoes

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:53 AM

I would look up the GAPS diet if I were you and start on the into diet immediately. start making and eating nothing but bone broth

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