Hi guysI have just discovered this forum and need some help. My 4 yo daughter has been a stool withholder for at least a year and movicol doesn't seem to really be helping. She has one sachet per day but still only has a bowel movement once a week. She is often screaming in pain too which is so heartbreaking and stressful and I am feeling so alone and overwhelmed with it all at the moment. I feel like our lives are dictated by her bowels. She won't sit on the toilet as she says it hurts her and no amount of offers of sweets, presents etc will convince her to even try so when she does have a bowel movement it is in a pull-up. We have tried making her sit on the toilet but she gets so distressed there seems little point. She has no trouble going for a wee on the toilet but does want to get off straight away.
I am going to take her to the doctor tomorrow to try and get a referral, should I request for her to see a gastroenterologist? Has anyone else had a referral and have they got answers / support? The other thing I have been looking into is coeliacs disease, a lot of the symptoms really fit with what she is going through. Has anyone else been tested/found a link between constipation and coeliacs disease? It seems more than just stool withholding but maybe I am reading too much into it.
Any advice or help gratefully received. Sorry for long post! Thanks x