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[QUOTE=esalawag;4786599]I have been having severe constipation for on and off for over a year now, before i went to college i went to my regular doctor for constipation and stomach pain. He did an xray of the abdomen which concluded i was constipated. I went away to schoo and never had time to address the issue because i had other health issues going on and i go to school 10 hours from home. l started to have major problems with it i never go to the bathroom and if i do i have to strain really really hard to get it out and my abdomen will hurt extremely bad. I am bloated on a daily basis from the abdomen upwards. Its rock hard as if i have abs, but unfortunately i don't. I changed my diet i cut out all of the pop and increased my water intake, i eat lots of fibers, fruits, ect. I have tried laxatives, miralax, enamas, fiber poweders, prune juice everything, and nothing works anymore. When i do produce a bowel movement it causes extreme pain and they usually come out in little tiny balls i like to call them "rabbit pellets" and as i mentioned previously i have to strain very badly just to get a tiny poop out. I have recently seen a GI specialist and he started me on amitzia and lactulose.And that hasn't given me much results. I am having to send him poop strain to the lab to be checked for blood and my blood work was all normal for liver/kidney function problems. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what the problem is or what kinda of path of testing i can expect? i am seeing him two weeks from now to check on progress and discuss further testing.
*He also mentioned something called Hirschsprung’s disease or he said that my colon might not be working properly.
Any thoughts are greatly greatly appreciated[/QUOTE]

If your stool is still that hard after increasing your fiber and fruits and vegetables,and using fiber supplements that means you're not drinking enough water for the amount of dietary fiber you 're taking in . The rule of thumb is you need at least 64 oz. a day of water and that's not enough when you increase your fiber. Fiber supplements like Citrucel and Metamucil need you to drink another 8 oz. glass of water after you take the 8 oz. of the supplement. One way I get more water into me is to eat melons especially watermelon,honeydew,and cantulope.Also, getting 30 minutes a day of exercise helps to move stool along the colon faster. Two things that have helped over the last three months to combat constipation is to eat a bowl of oatmeal with ground flax seed and cinnamon, 6 stewed prunes. an 8 oz. glass of water warmed in the microwave for 1 minute and then add fresh squeezed lemon juice,1 scoop of Citrucel.and 1 tsp. of L-glutamine powder. Twenty minutes after I finished eating breakfast I go sit on the toilet for 30 minutes to have a bowel movement. After eating and drinking a hot breakfast and a hot beverage peristalsis starts to kick in. I relax my body and the anal rectal muscles some by taking 10 very slow deep breaths and then on the 11 th slow deep breath I hold it to the count of 15 then very slowly release it. Do this 3-4 times in a row and then go back to the 10 very slow deep breaths and repeat this cycle up to 30 minutes or until you have a bowel movement. I do this routine every morning after breakfast. If I skip this routine for more than a couple of days and combined with not drinking enough water and eating fiber I am constipated again and it hurts to try to pass that large, hard ,dry bowel movement. Unfortunately, I had this awful experience two weeks ago when I was away on vacation for five days and I didn't eat and drink right or make time in the morning to sit on the toilet to have a bowel movement . So, see if I get off my routine for more than two-three days in a row I end up suffering the consequences. I have had chronic constipation since very early childhood. I hope this helps you to see you have to be very vigilant about keeping your bowels moving on a very regular basis when you suffer from chronic constipation problems. I sure hope this is a help to you.

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