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Constipation is difficult to define, and what one person regards as constipation, another person may regard as normal. Some people think they are constipated if they do not pass faeces every day, but this is not necessarily the case. We tend to think one bowel motion a day is healthy, but this is because of the way we have trained ourselves. Actually, our bodies are designed to pass faeces more often. Primates such as chimps and monkeys pass soft stools several times a day.

Do you have chronic constipation?

Short-lived episodes of constipation are not unusual for people and do not signify anything is wrong. Such an episode often gets better on its own and is related to recent lifestyle changes, stress or new medication etc. However, chronic constipation is a different condition and may be present if:
  • You have to strain to pass faeces at least one time in four
  • Your faeces are lumpy or hard at least one time in four
  • You feel that you haven’t emptied your bowel completely, at least one time in four
  • You pass faeces only once or twice a week (or less)
  • You feel like there is a ‘blockage’ when trying to defecate, at least one time in four
  • You need to use ‘manual maneuvers’ such as supporting your pelvic floor or using your finger to help evacuation, at least one time in four

If two (or more) of these statements are true and you have had the problem for more than 3 months in the last 12, then you may have chronic constipation.

Also see Alarm signals.

Written by: Mr Andrew Ramwell
Edited by: Mr Andrew Ramwell
Last updated: Thursday, November 7th 2013


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Posted by Optional on 07/07/2019 at 06:49

I’ve had constipation for a long time now. It’s so bad that I cannot even pass gas.

Posted by Haven't had a bm in week on 29/03/2017 at 03:54

Overnight laxatives. Stool softeners. Prescribed laxatives. And drinking miralax drinks. A enema. And nothing is working. Drinking prune and no bm in sebsn days.

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2017 at 09:36

Hi I am 16 year old girl and i'm have trouble going number 2 when I was little I used hold it in but that lasted in 5 grade i'm in 9th now can you help me.

Posted by Anonymous on 23/12/2016 at 01:45

i went to the Toilet to relieve myself. and i realized i have constipation so my body gave up on pushing it out. WHAT TO DO? PLEASE Help!

Posted by Optional on 16/05/2016 at 09:51

Medically speaking, constipation usually is defined as fewer than three bowel movements per week. Severe constipation is defined as less than one bowel movement per week. There is no medical reason to have a bowel movement every day. I used to have constipation issues, but i started taking a supplement that keeps me regular. I have a bowel movement EVERY DAY since I started taking the Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse. I take them for about 2-3 weeks out of the month. I do not always need it every day, but it has totally regulated my system.

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2016 at 02:49

I want to know how to use mineral oil safely for correct elimination for constipation by medicine and IBS

Posted by katlego on 08/03/2016 at 09:20

Since 2009 after giving birth every time when I want to poop I suffer n its painful pls help

Posted by Shella on 02/12/2015 at 09:16

I'm 21 now and I'm facing a problem of not defecating for a week now, what can I do please help me

Posted by Optional on 20/10/2015 at 01:10

Hello I am a 19 year old girl, I always tend to have problems with going to the toilet and pooing where I can never go to the toilet without having troubles my tummy always hurts and whenever I need to poo it won't come out and it gives me really bad tummy aches

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2015 at 09:35

I used my shower head as ennema for days ...and now I can't poop without it ?!? Please help!!

Posted by LaFaPoLa on 08/09/2015 at 10:19

im working on it now and thank you! you really helped me :D it might hurt if i erm...try to get rid of it but its working at least

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2015 at 05:21

I have not pooped in 3 weeks. I have tried everything fleets enemas, Miralax, stool softener. all kinds of things and I still can't go. I had a CT scan, and now I have to have a colonoscopy to see what it is? Why is it thst I can't go???

Posted by Optional on 13/07/2015 at 06:41

I been struggling to poop now for 5years and it is painful every time I poop, pls help

Posted by Optional on 15/06/2015 at 08:56

Was ready to goto the drugstore at 3 am to get some glcerine suppositories and all of a sudden a n urge like no other a it was massive maybe a worlds record. I feel so much better. i had to go for 3 days but nothing came out. I hope this doesn't ever happen again. I wonder if maybe a enlarged prostrate have anything to do with this probem

Posted by Mdr on 04/06/2015 at 06:27

I deal with this almost weekly. The only time I " cured" my constipation was when I cut all grains out of my diet. I. Hate sticking with that, but I find that resisting bread,cereal ab Nd icecream helps tons. A sandwich will bind me for at least a week , the bloat, fullness and overall sluggish feeling of constipation is awful. I tried giving up all gluten, but I found it unnecessary when the main culprit is bread, wheat or gluten free.

Posted by Optional on 19/05/2015 at 08:34

I have never suffered from constipation until now. It’s caused by codeine which I have to take for pain control until I have a hip operation. No laxatives seem to work and in desperation, after three days, I self administered an enema with a shower hose. It seems to be the only thing that will work. No matter how much fruit and vegetables, figs, wholemeal bread etc that I eat the stools are very hard and dry. I bought a proper shower attachment for the purpose. I’ve stopped taking codeine and have gone back to normal. But I quite liked the feeling of being “completely empty” that the enema gives. I understand some people like the experience of the enema itself – I am not one of them and only want to do it for the reasons I’ve said. What I’d like to know is, is there any harm in continuing with it on a regular basis. In particular I was wondering if it might wash away any useful bacterial that might be in the bowel or mean I cannot “go” without it. Thank you.

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2015 at 02:30

Hi iv suffered from constipation for yrs there would be days I'd wake up with bad back pain and in tears trying to go. I tryed everything. I finally found something that helps. Milk magnesia liquid. I take 30-35ml at night morning everything I'm unblocked. I started taking it every night now I take it 3xs a week.

Posted by Eli on 11/04/2015 at 07:27

Hi it's Eli here, it's pretty embarrassing but before I was constipated, will it happen again today or soon because I'm going in a road trip and don't want it to happen again, also what do you reccomend I eat or what do you think caused it? Thanks Eli

Posted by Optional on 11/04/2015 at 06:25

I have been constipated most of my life, but my poo is not hard it is just hard to push out. I have haemorrhoids and pilonidal abscess and poo gets stuck in the abscess so I have to shower after every bowel movement but poo still dribbles out so I have to wer a pad and it smells, this has been going on since mid 2012. I saw a specialist and he basically said to live with it. My sex life/marriage is affected by this and I get depressed and eat more unhealthy food and make the problem worse. I cannot hardly fart and take ages to go to the toilet. When I try coffee or bananas to help it just causes my stomach more bloating and pain. I am scared to go to the doctor in case I have cancer and need a poo bag. But I would love to poo normally without bleeding and pain.

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2015 at 09:40

Hi, thank you for informative article. In case you want to find useful information about how to get rid of constipation now use the link below:

Posted by Anonymous on 23/03/2015 at 10:49

If your constipated I suggest you get one of those constipation tablets that you stick up your butt because they work good. I just finished using one and in a few minutes or whenever you have the urge to poop you go ( it might hurt a little bit) but it comes out. The first time I was constipated I went to the hospital and I got an enema and in a few minutes I was pooping and I felt much better!!

Posted by Sadiya on 16/03/2015 at 08:37

I was suffering from fever and gas problems since last one week. I took medicines under doctors prescription. But I didn't poop in 3 days and since yesterday I am suffering serious constipation. The poop is almost out that I can feel it. But it is not coming out no matter how hard I try. it has blocked my whole system. It's very embarrassing to say, but I cannot even fart. I feel gas in my stomach. But as I already said, the whole system got blocked by the poop that got stuck in the ass. I need an emergency solution. Can't take it anymore.

Posted by Optional on 11/03/2015 at 11:29

Ok so ima girl and long story short I have gone number 2 in a while I took laxatives around 7:27am this morning. Should I be worried though if its hard around my bwlley button like between my diaphram and reproductive system?

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2015 at 04:24

I usually only go once or twice a month-and its usually diarrhea so thin its basicly liquid.I recently noticed that when I go,my stomach(I look like I'm 7 weeks pregnant) seems to get smaller.This has been going on for years.I've recently started pooping solids,but I'm now nauseous,and if I eat in the morning I throw up.My poop smells like sweet things. How do I fix this?My stomach is painful to the touch and is firm. Could this be a sign of diabetes?It runs in my family,and the last time I went in for an eye exam the doctor asked me if I had diabetes.

Posted by Optional on 14/01/2015 at 01:01

I have had years of doctor prescribed moviolas which I take 3times a week for years. Occasional use of bisocodyl. The biscodyl sometimes works. Two weeks ago took dose bisocodyl no effect other than stomach cramps.last weekend so impacted couldn't pass urine so took movicol 8 sachets as sure was impacted. Passed watery liquid minimal stool . Did managed to pass urine though. Currently still feel constipated. Completely fed up with the whole thing. Know if I return to doctors they will just tell me to take more movicol. Desperate for help. Thank you.

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2015 at 10:44

Since this is something I have experienced for years and only recently found out was a sign of constipation I thought I would pass along some signs not noted above. When I am experiencing constipation I sometimes pass nothing but liquid sometimes also mucus. Since those times can be had to control and hold back I was thinking diarrhea but no it turns out its constipation. When I am experiencing these issues I some days have to make frequent and quite urgent trips to the bathroom to avoid any accidental leakage. An yes I have been to a GI doctor for other issues and had a clean check back in ten years colonoscopy about five years ago. I guess I never did discuss the details of this problem to have had my GI doctor tell me it was constipation related. I do deal with a lot of anxiety issues that I'm sure contribute to the overall problem.

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2015 at 10:17

I eat healthy and drink lots of water, but I still have constipation. What is wrong with me?

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2015 at 12:01

i've been getting constipation for a month now and well i started to use the bathroom less and less because i started to get scared to use the bathroom i use it with the door half open, i just want to use the bathroom normally and when i do poop its really hard to pass and i sit there for about half an hour and its a small hard poop. Pleasehelp me.

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2015 at 07:44

Lately I have been constipated and it hurts to try and get it out. Every time I feel the urge to go my legs start to shake I have taken smooth lax but it doesn't seem like its working I am scared to eat anything else. Last night I was able to get a drop out but I had cried because I was in so much pain and now I'm more scared, what can I do or use so it won't hurt?

Posted by Elly on 29/12/2014 at 01:30

I have suffered from chronic constipation since I was a child. Hard stools AND not feeling the urge to go. After reading everyone's stories, I truly believe that I may be able to help. I have tried EVERY single constipation medication out there from fibergel to senna and have finally found one that works all round! The active ingredient is Macragol and comes in sachets of powder which you mix with water and drink. It comes in many different brands-all with the same active ingredient. There's Movicol, Laxido, Molaxole and Macragol (just to name a few) and come in a range of flavours. It's a stool softener but it also gives you that 'urge' to go. It's great and I can't praise this stuff enough to relieve constipation! The sachets also contain electrolytes and salts to compensate what your body can lose while taking Macragol as it can cause very loose stools when you first start taking it but you soon find the right dose to suit your body. Start with two sachets per day and see how you get on. It really is a godsend and I'm now pretty regular. You can get it prescribed by the doctor and it's also available over the counter. As with all medications, they can take a while to work, for some people it works straight away but can take a couple of days to work. Be patient and you WILL see and feel the results, it's such a relief to finally find something that really works on ALL aspects of constipation! :)

Posted by Optional on 22/12/2014 at 10:29

What can I drink or do to make me poop if I'm constipated please help

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2014 at 12:41

If anyone is looking for a guaranteed way to clear bowels all you need to do is drink a big glass of prune juice. And follow it with another glass of water. I'd be surprised if any poo survives. Note that for this method to work you need solid access to a toilet for 3ish hours

Posted by Optional on 21/11/2014 at 07:41

After years of constipation I chanced upon an article that mentioned that some people could be intolerant to milk proteins rather than lactose intolerant. Milk protein intolerance could cause the colon to stop working efficiently the opposite of the loose motions from lactose intolerance. After stopping most dairy foods I am now regular and I feel so much better and normal. No more constipation.

Posted by Optional on 13/10/2014 at 10:11

I have struggled with constipation for 10 years and I got pills and they work all of the time!

Posted by Niti on 05/10/2014 at 12:09

For the past month I have been having slightly painful pooping, this wk I just couldn't poop. I haven't exercised for a couple of months and was trying out green juice diet before this so is it because of that? How to relief myself from this...Help please!!

Posted by Optional on 03/10/2014 at 10:06

My tummy hurts too much and ive been crying the poop wont come out! I tried eating soup and that did not work and i really dnt know the diease but i want this gone and its really embarrsing that im at school holding my tummy in pain like im pregnat but im not and my crush is around and i dont want him to see me like this anyways i need help any suggections guys?.....

Posted by kk in te house on 03/10/2014 at 09:57

This is really embarrsing to admit or type but my tummy been hurting so much and everyday, i fart somtimes and yes i use the bathroom but when i try it does not come out and it hurts if i try to use the bathroom all i do is fart...yes this might look akward even if im 10 turing 11 but this is serious to me and my parents so is their any suggestions u guys can tell me....?

Posted by my 89yr mum on 03/10/2014 at 08:20

my mum has just spent 3months in lala ,very frightening,thought shed lost her mind,didnt know anyone,halusinating like crazy!!!!! as soon as we got here the correct med .her memorys come back,shes got her marbles.apparentley wen the poo is so compact and nowhere to go all the toxins start to travel to the brain poisoning your brain .if you use senna it will push the stool down but not soften it,but if use lactulose solution twice a day(for elderly) . it softens the stools and just plops out.still like maltesers but much easier,no straining.take more if younger than 89!!!!

Posted by Mom on 01/10/2014 at 11:48

My three year old is backed up so the dr said give her a laxative she still hasn't went instead her butt is super sore and red is this normal?

Posted by Optional on 29/09/2014 at 05:50

I really hate having to take like an hour two in the bathroom just to poop. Plus, it hurts so freaking much. It takes forever for me to get a single stool out. Is there anything I can do to make me no longer constipated? I tried the drinking water thing, but I'm really much of a patient person. Like, is there a pill I can take or a syrup thing I can drink fir this to get better. Plus I really worry that if I push too hard my intestines will burst or burst out of my butt. So that just makes me take longer to push. Please help me.

Posted by OptionalDana on 14/09/2014 at 02:25

These stories make me so sad. But there is help. I am a member of a organic nutrition company. The supplements I take can help you. There is a philospohy designed around cleansing your body, balancing your body ph and building your body defences with good so it can fight disease. Once your body gets aligned it can function the way it was made to. This is not just a colon cleanse but a cleanse from all 7 channels of elimination. Go to YouTube and search Dr Lindsey Duncan cleanse balance build. Let me know if I can help you. I pray youall find relief. God bless

Posted by Optional on 04/09/2014 at 02:01

the more water you drink the better it will get but you cant give up on it if you dont see achange right away start drinking water and if after a month it dont get better then try something els

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2014 at 02:14

I have been to 5 gi doctors and they have done nothing to help me i can't eat anymore all i have is severe abdominal pain gas and horrible smelling farting what do i do

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2014 at 03:32

I have not been to poop in 2 weeks. I have tried everything fleets enemas, Miralax, stool softener. all kinds of things and I still can't go. keep in mind I tried more than one time with all these. what is another surefire way. Please and thank you

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2014 at 12:43

what if you had this for 6 months with a lot of stomach pain, haven't been pooping and i feel like i am dying in pain of the inside of my stomach, and bleeding everytime after.

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2014 at 01:18

Well... like many of you out there I too have suffered the immense pain associated with constipation ever since I began taking meds to deal with the pain of advanced osteoarthritis. I have ended-up in the hospital because I simply could not evacuate my bowels. I have spent so long pushing (and of course holding my breath to do it) that I have passed-out on to the bathroom floor, and still not have gone. Constipation is terrible! But, I have found a godsend, and it is not an addictive chemical. A few years ago I discovered that if I take Mineral Oil orally and regularly that my evacuations can be all but normal. But, you must take it for it to work, and regularly, Do Not Forget! Or you will be back in the same old situation as before. Now... it's not all fun and games. It will make your farts very stinky. And, your farts will take on a new sound. If you take too much you will have a very messy movement that will take a half an hour and half of a roll of paper (or more even) to clean-up afterwards. But these are small prices to pay to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Also, make use of Witch Hazel on the paper when you wipe. I make a simple version from 20% isopropyl alcohol (91%) and 80% water (no actual witch hazel, an herbal ingredient, in this). But, it works just as well for me. It helps in cleaning-up afterwards and to reduce any swelling from hemorrhoids. It also is a disinfectant, it contains a small amount of alcohol. But, don't worry it's not so strong that it hurts your anus. Actually, I find the slight burning kind of refreshing! Anyway, try them, they will help you too! Good Luck to all of you!

Posted by Optional on 16/08/2014 at 08:17

I get really itchy all over my body when I do not have a bowel movement. When I can't poop, I get intense itchiness all over my body. It is horrible. What is causing this?

Posted by on 31/07/2014 at 11:45

To Anonymous on 24/07/2014 - if you have bright red blood in your stool, then take a look at our page on Piles, as this is one of the symptoms:

Posted by Optional on 26/07/2014 at 08:52

I always had problems with going to the bathroom ever since I was little. Ever time for some reason the first day of my period I have the runs non stop for a hour. I got my period on Saturday and ever since I haven't went to the bathroom. Today is Saturday it has now be 7days no matter how hard I try nothing comes out. I'm pretty heathy but now my stomach won't stop talking and even though I haven't went to the bathroom my butt hurts every time I go to pee.I'm guessing that's because I been pushing so much.

Posted by Anonymous on 24/07/2014 at 12:00

hi, i have got severe constipation and have blood in my stool bright red colored, my poop hasn't came out for almost 2 weeks now and is starting to worry me, the pain is unbearable every time i visit the loo. I have tried senakot tablets which haven't seemed to of worked i need advice really bad as I'm in severe pain and cannot live my life the way i normally would as i am not as active as i used to be due to the unbearable pain i have in my butt, my poop feels like it wants to come out but when I'm in the loo it doesn't come out it pains really bad. Advice please ...

Posted by Optional on 04/07/2014 at 11:19

I have a 3 year old kid. Since one and half year I am noticing that he is constipated and problems are increasing. > In intial 5-6 months, he use to pass stool only once in a day.Later it lessen to alternative day. And now since 1 year, he passed stool on every third day. His stool passing is painful. His pulls(contracts) his stomach inside, and shakes his legs severely when passes stool. He now avoids to sit on commode. I have to involve him in some talk or toy when he gets pressure, so that he pass the stool. And he gets explosive kind of stool pass ( like all in one time and full pressure). Please suggest.

Posted by kristin on 03/07/2014 at 01:31

I've been constipated my whole life. I can only go to the bathroom once a month and when I do my stomach hurts so bad that it almost makes me cry. My doctor told me to take miralax. All it does is give me diharrea. And I can't take it because I don't need to be having diharrea at school. Now I take pearls probiotics I can go to the bathroom 3 times a month but its still hard for me to go. What should I do???

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2014 at 09:38

I need to go to poo bur ir is to big to pass i have taken senokt and tried vasailin but still cant pass it what can i do each time i try it is so painful

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2014 at 12:46

My stomach hurts right underneath my breasts and I feel this pain by my belly button. I have to go poop but when I try I only fart. What do I do? Am I constipated?

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2014 at 08:48

well i have taken a constapation tablet and i know it has helped, before when this has happened my body keeps it all in them one day it is forced out of me (not fun) and this time i want it over with what can i do to get the waste out of me ?

Posted by Mary on 23/01/2014 at 02:56

I have had a problem with constipation since I was about 15. I was in a bad car accident a year later and used precription pain meds. In the beginning it was never a problem. I stopped taking the pain medication a year later and I am still struggling. It was never as bad as it's been the last 3 years. There was a time when I haven't gone to the bathroom in 18 days! Later on laxatives wouldn't work, suppositories wouldn't work, even precription meds for the problem wouldn't work!! I was then hospitalized due to a staph infection and of course they ask when ur last bowel movement was and I laughed, they said they will give me stool softness and I laughed again saying it won't work. Sure enough two days later I was going to the bathroom and normally! When I got home it lasted a week and went back to normal I even got the stool softeners they used on me. Then my fiancé mentioned it was the constant iv of water they had on me for 4 days which loosened everything up. So I started drinking tons of water. Nothing. I even tried a colonic maybe to get the blockage out. Nothing . The water in an iv goes direct into ur system. So i figured an enema So I was buying enemas every day when I realized I don't need an enema. I used my own. My shower head. I would shoot very warm water up as much as I can hold and lay down. And wow. What came out of me was scary. And I have been doing this once a week until I realized I need a diet change which I have done as well along with drinking a lot of water. Don't get me wrong I still do my shower enema when I haven't gone for more than a week and to me it works wonders. I still don't know why this is happening and once my insurance kicks in the first place I will be is a gastroenterologist. But for those of you who just want an instant release of the pains and bloating. Shower enema. It works wonders. I hope the best to all of u. It's a struggle for me everyday and I thought I was the only one. The longer u can keep the warm water up the softer and easier it will break apart. Of course go warmer as u go so u don't burn urself!! Wish u all the best and I hope relief comes soon!

Posted by Optional on 02/09/2013 at 10:57, United Kingdom

I have had this problem for years andcended up in hospital few years ago, i did not go toilet for months. And i mean months. I collapsed at work and ended up in hospital for a week, had an anemina every day to get rid off it all they yold me i was lucky i wasnt dead. Still gt the same problem today, stomach bloated like 6mnths pregnant pain his hurendous and so painful, doctor waste of time keeps saying ibs, ive never been sent for tests and i eat very healthy and am very very active.!!Any solutions, im at my wits end.

Posted by Optional on 28/07/2013 at 12:07, United Kingdom

I have read all the questions, but no answers! I have had constipation on and off since going on tablets for osteoporosis 5 years ago. Both tablets can cause it. I've also suffered with IBS for 30 years so have not worried. Recently its worrying me.

Posted by ky on 26/07/2013 at 04:21, Australia

i have been constipated for 5 weeks, i've had x-ray's, ct scan, blood tests & seen a surgeon & got told i was full of poo in every part of my body that can store poo. i've tryed everything on the shelf @ the chemist & when i go to the toilet it is running poo & only a little bit @ a time. i'm very fusstred that i can't go like i should & have a bloated tummy, tenderness in my lower adomen, sex hurts. i'm confussed what do i do ?????????????

Posted by Gary on 13/07/2013 at 06:36, United Kingdom

I have had electric shocks in my anus all week . I am walking like an 80 year old man because of the Pain , Its worse first thing in the Morning and as the day goes on its as bad . I have had baths , Senna , Hot Drinks . When i go to the toilet it feels as i have it stuck in my back passage ! But with some over floor .

Posted by Optional on 27/04/2013 at 04:55, United Kingdom

I seem to have it a lot! I use some powder a while back that helped for a day or two that added fibre to my diet. But now its back to how it was. I sometimes have loads of little marbles and it's not so much painful just a bit worrying. And afterwards my anus hurts? Is there anything I can do to stop it hurting and to have better bowel movements?

Posted by Optional on 25/04/2013 at 05:34, United States

I'm also 16 and have always had constipation. My father has Chrones and it is basically in my family to have bad bowl problems. Finnaly back in January I went to the doctor and we talked about my cronic constipation and she put me on the medication Lensest, not sure of the spelling but it has done wonders! It helps me go if not once a day more than 3 times a week which is so much better than I used to. Also it's not a laxative and it's a really natural and good medication. It doesnt cause cramps like most medications either. I recommend going to your doctor.

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2013 at 07:26, Australia

Hi I'm a 16 year old female and I was diagnosed with a hemaroid a few months ago and got put on a waiting list to go to hospital and I'm still waiting I was in so much pain I had to use numbing creams and more but then it went away so it was okay but just today 22nd march 2013 I have been in pain where I need to go poo but I can't because it hurts so much I try and push but I get a pain in my stomach and I feel like vomiting I can push it half way out but then I feel like the skins about to break or something and I'm going to chuck so I stop myself I've tryed laxatives and a laxative surip but nothing works.. Help :( ??? Is there any ways to relax my stomach or a way to go without it being painful

Posted by Optional on 27/09/2012 at 03:22, South Africa

Have had this problem for 15 years, tried everything possible. After a heavy night of drinking, I have a good bowel movement. Thats the only time it happens.

Posted by muhammed on 27/09/2012 at 08:35, Nigeria

Can anybody help me, have been suffering fRom constipation ever since i gave birth 4month ago. To make use of the toilet is problem because i in most cases strain. And all i take is beans for breakfast, fruit for lunch , vegetables and amala at night and sitz bath every morning.pls what else can i do.

Posted by Muslimah Bah on 30/06/2012 at 05:47, United States

My stomache always feel full to the top. When I try using the bathroom, it doesn't come out,but when I push harder,all I get is diarrhea.....what should I do? My stomache always experience pain everyday..pleae help

Posted by Ray on 17/01/2012 at 08:26, United States

I have had a lot of colonoscopies and had no problems after each exam.After I had my colon exam this month(Jan 2012),my bowel movements were runny(not watery).Before the colonoscopy,I had normal bm's every day.sometime I don't have the urge to go and sometimes I have to take a laxative to go and I strain which makes my rectal spasms worse(Levator Spasms).I have taken a lot of colon preps and I have not had any problems until now.The colon prep I took this time was trilytely.I think this prep is similar to what I took in 2006(golytely)Would these bowel problems be caused by the Anesthesia (Propofol)? I have also heard about other people having constipation problems and loose bowels after a colon exam,but had normal bowel movements before the exam.What could be causing these problems?

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2012 at 05:26, United Kingdom

I had a terrible night last night with fecal impaction (I think) where the stool was so hard and so large it would not budge and I spent the whole night awake in discomfort and pain, trying to "help" it out! I eventually got it out in the early hours of the morning with a lot of hard pushing, but now I feel terrible and am very tender. I think my body actually went into shock. Is there any damage that can be caused by pushing this hard? Should I see my Dr? Thanks for any advice?

Posted by Optional on 06/09/2011 at 03:15, United Kingdom

I hardly ever go once a week if lucky often bleed something called fybogel in high fibre is great can get it off doctor or just buy it from shop. once you have been twice a day works great, it is a drink orange or lemon

Posted by symcurl on 21/07/2011 at 07:11, United Kingdom

I always have constipation it takes me a couple of weeks before im on the toilet letting it out i do have bowl pain with it and its when i eat and drink products with sugar dairy and fibre

Posted by cathy on 21/03/2011 at 09:53, Uganda

i have constipation and it has led to piles for four weeks now. my doctor has prescribed pilex and wainting for prognosis as i also take fluids and fibre.

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2011 at 06:29, Australia

Recently I have been feeling really sharp pains in my abdomen/stomach area. They don't last for very long, but are excruciatingly painful and I loose my breath and can't walk without pain. I'm 14. Could this be constipation related?

Posted by jane on 06/02/2011 at 10:09, United Kingdom

constipation flares up if i eat bread or anything containing a lot of sugar. I have suffered this since I was a child and find putting hot water on my back passage eases pain and helps get some of the waste out. This is second nature to me but I feel it is quite unnatural. When I go on holiday I swell up about 3 dress sizes and have to eat very little to try and feel normal again.

Posted by ElizabethJ360 on 10/01/2011 at 04:24, United States

I started a new birth control in November. I noticed constipation after a few weeks of taking the pill. Since this point my anal region has felt irritated, and somewhat swollen, almost as if there is something in there, but also, my vaginal region towards my anus seems dry and somewhat irritated. I have upped my water intake and the constipation has gotten better over the last few days, but how long will the irritation take to get rid of?

Posted by Optional on 25/10/2010 at 01:23, United Kingdom

after struggling to pass stool i put the shower hose up to flush it out i now find i need to do it more and more otherwise im in pain until i paass the stool afterwards i feel the need to go again its constant all day

Posted by Sarah on 29/09/2010 at 08:55, United Kingdom

For about 4 years I had problems with hard stools and bowel movements. I felt really bloated and uncomfy, plus I got haemorrhoids. Luckily my mum found solution for my problem. There are several things you can do to prevent constipation but the one I used was a diet supplement that improve bowel movements and contains natural bacterial, intestinal flora (2 billions of Acidophilus bacteria) -,constipation.html. It fights against micro organism leaving in your intestines and causing constipation. Now I feel relieved :)

Posted by Kathleen on 18/08/2010 at 01:39, United Kingdom

I have a rectocele and I was looking for more information about the condition and how to manage it, but have not found any so far. If I get constipated it creates a problem.

Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2010 at 09:57, Ireland

just took my son 2 doctor complanin of tummy pain and feeling sick he said it was constipation but my son was not complanin of havin problim goin 2 toilet worried if this is realy the problim

Posted by chrissy on 18/11/2009 at 01:44, United States

does constipation cause body odor , recently in class . people been saying it smells like fart. and i found out its me .I haven't physically farted but my body smells like i did. But for the rest of the day. I take showers , every morning but by third period i start to smell like fart. Before this happen , i get lower abdominal pains. And sometimes feel like vomiting.

Posted by Anonymous on 17/11/2009 at 11:17, Australia

Can I suggest that you guys have a look at a websited called It has been the anwser for many people with bowl problems, along with a host of other complaints. Basically it supports a low chemical diet where all artificial additives and some natural chemicals are omitted from the diet. It makes very interesting reading in the least. Good luck!

Posted by HS on 29/09/2009 at 11:22, United Arab Emirates

For constipation try taking "AGIOLAX" made from natural ingredients and no sideffects. Take a tbsp full with enough water everyday and it should regulate. i am taking this since 1year now and trust me its worth with no side effects being herbal!


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Fascinating facts

An average person on a typical Western diet passes about 150 g (5 oz) of faeces each day. Faeces consist of about one-third solids and two-thirds water

The solid matter in faeces is cellulose from vegetables, dead cells cast off from the lining of the gut, bacteria, some salts and pigment from bile (which gives the brown colour)

Most of the waste matter from food is passed out in the faeces within 72 hours, but in healthy people up to 30% may remain in the colon for a week or more

Defecation is a very efficient process, normally taking only 10 seconds. Presumably it has to be quick - animals (and primitive man) cannot run from a predator easily if they are in the middle of defecating. This is probably why it is even quicker when we are frightened

In the USA, more than $800 million is spent on laxatives each year

Constipation results in more than 2–5 million visits to doctors in the USA each year

About 4,500,000 people in the USA say they are constipated most or all of the time (National Health Interview Survey)

In a UK survey, 6% of people said they had suffered from constipation in the past year, 13% had some difficulty in passing their faeces at least once a month, and 19% took laxatives at some time

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