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OK I've had dry or hard stools for so long I can't remember and I have spent so much time searching websites /forums for new answers with no specific answers I decided to post a thread here (sorry it is a bit long) in the hope of getting something more than the usual 'increase your fibre/ water' etc intake. So maybe 4 years or more ago my bowel function went from perfect and slowly changed till my stools became harder/drier until they caused much pushing and inevitable hemarrhoids. To be precice it's only the first part of the stool which acts like a plug and literally bungs you up. I first thought I had generic constipation and looked at my diet and fluids but Iv'e always had a great diet, mostly vegetarian and drunk a good volume of water. I started to research the importance of probiotics and prebiotics and started to eat fermented foods and made my own sourdough, which is the best thing to have happened in this long and sorry saga! Although I continue to eat well this made no difference except for a brief respite. I tried cutting out gluten and lactose for 2 years while watching my wife eat cake and lattes at the coffee house. So I gave up when this made no difference and went to the doc who, long story short did a rectal exam' and said all seemed ok but sent me for sigmoidoscopy to be sure because I mentioned the dreaded word 'blood', but I know it was the result of straining as there was nothing in the stool itself but he advised to go to be sure and after one of the most painful experiences of my life - ('must have sensitive bowels' came the retort from the NHS Doc, that's for sure!). Anyhow put all that behind me it was all clear and I have now given up with conventional practices and I'm trying acupuncture (a joy after the sigmoidoscopy). So my question is, sorry for the rambling here it's taken so long to get to this point (over 5 years) all the advice about intake of more fluids and fibre is meaningless, does anyone have other similar experience or been prescribed something I haven't mentioned here - I've gone from 8 glasses a day to double that with no effect. I have tried a high fibre diet both soluble and insoluble. Ive tried milk-thistle to increase bile and lubrication, I've tried taking a spoon-full of olive oil in the morning, Ive tried linseed oil and seeds, Ive tried prunes, am I boring you!? What's the point of a laxative that is a life sentence? Did I mention I take stool softeners - (Macrogol), which work but even though I've been told they are safe longterm - dependent for the rest of your life?? What has made this an obsession now is that I have searched the internet for years and can't find anyone else who has this problem or the few that have just get fobbed off with the usual and frustratingly predictable advise about more water and fibre. Am I missing something here? I later realised regularity isn't an issue its water retention. I believe the large intestine absorbs water in the gut so it seems to be doing too good a job. Really hope someone out there either knows of someone else or has themselves suffered in this way and has some real advice to give. Oh I recently had some acupuncture sessions too - no effect so another expensive dead-end.
Anyone got any real advice or suggestions to give?Thanks for listening.
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