Hi, please could anyone help? I have been constipated for a long time. I think I'm just used to it. I have fibromyalgia and I suppose that in trying to cope with that I've ignored this. Last year I developed very bad GERD. I lost about a stone in weight and the gastroenterologist I saw was worried enough to send me for a ct scan. All tests were clear but he said he thought it all came from the constipation.He prescribed liquid Movicol.
Thing is I am really scared of laxatives. I am so worried about the potential embarrassment,that's why I'm I'm the mess I am. I was prescribed some ages ago and didn't make it to the toilet. When I'm constipated I can handle it,when I take anything I get terrible discomfort,wind etc.
Last week I went to see a " Bowel mobility" lady. The only person I could talk poo to ! I had a rectal prolapse operation 7yrs ago, I also have a small Rectocel. I was having real problems and thought I perhaps needed surgery again. With these problems laxatives make the embarrassment issue much more likely as I have difficulty controlling things due to this. All I take is half the laxative dose of milk of magnesia.This at least produces something!
she told me that the only reason I am feeling these problems is because I'm constipated,if things flowed normally I'd be fine. Because my stomach is so unpredictable she said take it really slowly. The diet isn't good as I cut out lots due to ibs.First my objective is ,to get from " rabbit nuts" to normal stool. I was to start on half the child's dose of Movicol and work up very gradually.
As soon as I started it I bloated like a Zeppelin. For 3 days I took about 17 mg and felt bloated,vaguely sick and really uncomfortable. I upped it to 25mg and suddenly felt seriously awful. Headache, very bloated, feeling sick ,GERD. Last night I took the milk of magnesia and this morning left off the Movicol and took another cap full.
Things have shifted but not exactly normally, larger rabbit nuts,followed by horribly sticky( sorry ,bit graphic) with all of this I feel awful. I know I have to sort this out,yet I'd love to ignore it. Fibre upsets me,as do most foods that help constipation. If I could shut myself away for a month and sort this it would be so much easier.
Thank you for reading this,sorry it's so long.