I have been constipated my whole life (17yrs). It has come and gone but I've always felt some sort of struggle to go. I took movicol when younger and sometimes when constipation got really bad. Movicol is a powder laxative that you mix in with water. It dissolves and helps naturally soften stools in the intestine. I'm not sure how effective it would be for me now but I've taken 2 sachets on thursday (on thursday night i felt my bowel moving and was able to fart. Gross but i haven't farted properly for ages!) and 2 sachets today (sunday). I was out with friends friday night through saturday so couldn't keep up daily doses which i really wish i could have, i feel in a really bad state right now. (I consumed no alcohol by the way in case youre wondering-if that would even affect anything I'm not sure-)
Anyway, In the past 2 months I've had blood in my stools and my stools often do not pass without some sort of strain. Sometimes the stools didn't have blood, other times there were drips in the toilet pan and also streaked in my poop. Sometimes my stools were easy and soft to pass with just a little bit of strain. it varied but the fact still remains: i had blood in my poop and clearly my constipation is worsening. i ignored this though...
I usually drink diluting juice and around 3 to 4 glasses after school. I hardly get through one 500ml bottle of liquid for the 7 hours i'm at school. However, just before getting the feeling of worsening constipation about 2 months ago i changed my drinking watery juice to drinking milk. I have growth hormone deficiency which affects the development of my bones and i also have terribly messed up periods. I had a period after 2 months without one and my mum got me back on a daily intake of feroglobin liquid (iron, folic acid and vitamin b12 which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue) and while on the subject of increasing my health she thought it would be good to try and increase my calcium intake for my bones so one way was to drink more milk. I struggled drinking so much (i started off drinking both a glass of milk next to juice) so i ended up just drinking milk.
I've researched and apparently increased calcium can worsen constipation. So i stopped that about a week and a half ago. i went on a dairy free and wheat free diet for a while at one point last year. it helped to a certain extent for a short while but i ended up getting clogged up again on that diet. it was also difficult to maintain and really not complimentary on my taste buds. it also was quite expensive and my mum had to cut costs and i disnt feel it was worth it so we stopped it.
I didn't go to the doctor about the blood in my stool because i thought I'd wait and see what a change in diet (stopping increased calcium) did. Considering i don't even eat that much (no breakfast, a fajita wrap but with cheese, chorizo slices lettuce and tomato sauce in for lunch then whatever for dinner.) I didn't think it was anything i eat so i didnt change what i eat. Plus notes: I take less than the rest of my family who are all adults minus my younger sister of 13 but she takes adult portions. we've always eaten the same sort of meals and my food diet has not changed drastically for it to make my constipation worse so i thought it was most likely dehydration.
I think i realised this a bit too late though. For the last 2 weeks I haven't been able to poop very well at all. Last time i did was a couple days ago- lots of straining while in a squatting position and only a few small hard blobs came out. Between then and now, my toilet time for number twos have been horrid. Lots of straining making myself feel weak. When i don't strain and relax it slowly eases out but my butthole ends up automatically tensing up and my body feels incredibly weak at the same time. The stool just will not come out. I go to wipe or see if i can break off whatever has come out and it feels really hard but then my butt sucks it back up. Disgusting, i know, but it's what happens.
I've had times where I've not been able to go before but usually a few movicol sachets later it eventually comes out, or if it starts to come out when i sit on the pan it comes all the way out. This time, though, it starts to come out and the rest won't budge. And it feels like the bit thay does come out is connected to the rest that is too big. As if there's a smaller clump that can fit out my anus but it's connected to a huge rock in my intestine that definately won't come out.
I want to know if anyone has experienced anything similar, or if anyone has any advice. should i try a wheat free dairy free diet? my mum says she will and i suppose it wont do any harm.
When I feel like im having a bowel movemtn and sitting on the toilet i fear the worst and think i have an impacted stool. i just really dont want that though. i feel as if my small intestine is pressured because i need to pee when i drink but then nothing really comes out when i go.
Does poo sit in the rectum? and if it does it feels like thay os what is happening to me but perhaps it is not. can stools in the rectum be softened by consumed liquids/movicol or is it too late for that because it's already gone through the intestine??