Slow to No Natural Bowel Movements

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Hi Everyone. I am a 49 year old female and I have been having issues with bowel movements for as long as I can remember. Rarely do I go naturally, without some type of stimulant. When I do stop taking stimulants and supplements, I can go over a week without a bowel movement, and in most cases longer. My diet is normal, I am a meat eater, and I just wonder, where does this food go if it's not coming out. I have been constantly complaining to my doctors and their resolution is always medication. I just think it's very weird. Like I do not have side effects from not going, like my belly is not distended, or I don't feel full or sick in anyway, it's just like what I eat just vanishes somewhere in my body and I find that very weird.

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    Interesting. Have you considered a colonography scan? (Not colonoscopy.) I've just had one and it shows all sorts of organs including your bowel of course. It's painless and quick. I'm not suggesting it will show the problem but even for peace of mind could make it worthwhile. Mine was a follow up from major bowel surgery 10 years ago and was very reassuring. Just a thought.

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    hi I’m the same as you buti do suffer from bloatingetc eventually I’ve had colonoscopy and was toldi have an extremely tortuous bowel. i use medication but am confused as to whetheri should be high or low fibre given that the water struggles to move round all the bends

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