Constipation help please

I'm new to this site can anyone help me? I was diagnosed with IBS in my teens (I'm now 48) but have been chronically constipated all my life, apparently on medication as a baby. I completed drug research in 1992 at Hospital & was given manevac which worked for 12 years. When it stopped working I had to have a spinchterotomy and then I was given manevac. This worked well for another 12 or so years but now I have been struggling for the last 18 months again. Doctor has given me bisocodyl but they gripe me and bloat me-does anyone know any other medication which might help me?

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  • I don't know if this will help,but it has helped me

    There are 2 kinds of fibre. Soluble and insoluble. For many years the medical profession has given me insoluble fibre,including fybergel . These have made me worse,bunging me up for days

    So I investigated SOLUBLE fibre. Low and behold,after 3 weeks of putting myself on healthy eating I have had a breakthrough,so to speak. Instead of a bowel motion of anything up to 10 days or more,I now go every day and the stools are softer and no straining

    Type in soluble fibre on your laptop/iPad etc and you will get a list of foods to eat. Canada has a great web site for soluble fibre. It may not work for you but I am 74 on Monday,and the last 3 weeks have been the best as far as my IBS-C is concerned. Check how much fibre you actually eat,you may be surprised how little you do eat

    Hope you give it a try

  • Thank you, I will

  • Movicol works for me or I try and have flaxseeds everyday which definitely helps.

  • If you need any more help just shout julieleesly68

    I wish medication had helped me,but have had bad side effectes,so back to nature for me

  • Sounds awful.i have senna pills 3 times a week before bedtime now.sick of being taken to hospital to be uunbloced!! Very painful!! I have i b s & thickening of the bowel wall through 3 ops that has left me with nerve damage that apparently they can.t treat!!

  • I'm shocked to find how many are suffering like me- I wish you lots of luck - I hope they can find some new treatments to help us soon.

  • My grandmother used to give me a spoonful of liquid paraffin, an oil or some kind, when I was young as I was born with lazy bowls and was always constipated. This old remedy worked for me then, and as it is non-medicated, you could only try it. Or other natural remedies like strong orange juice as well as the oil. As your doc see what he/she says. I always try natural first before going to the doc.

  • Yes I had liquid paraffin too as a child. I might try it again though thank you. I have tried all the diet techniques already, but nothing helped

  • try taking magnesium citrate tablets I take 400mg (2x200mg tablets) before bed you can take more or less you just need to find correct dose that works for you.

  • Thanks

  • A good site for soluble fiber is The woman who manages this site has IBS. It's a great source & pure products.

  • Thank you

  • Smooth Move tea by Traditional Medicinals. It has senna which is a natural laxative. I drink it every other day. It works in 24 hours and like a charm. I take it along when I travel too. It's wonderful!

  • Thank you

  • The best is magnesium citrate. I take between 600 to 800mg capsules mist nights before bed on an empty stomach with lots of water. This is by far the best natural supplement for constipation. The fibre alone won't help. Look it up the benefits of magnesium and constipation. There is no cramps and bloating. You should really give it a try. You will be relieved!

  • Thanks. A few people have suggested it so I'm definitely going to try it

  • I had UC, 12 hellish years, I drank a silicon rich water, Volvic, it gave me a soft complete evacuation, then it became too liquid. So I tried silica capsules, 200mg made from Bamboo gel.. Still continued the water, the became firmer stool with some more natural lubrication. The silica came from my local health store, I use Lambert's or Natures Best.

    Whenever I used to need release gas, I would have to be sitting on the toilet! Otherwise it could be nasty.

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