Hi! I joined this group as i do not know where else to turn- I am 20 and for the past month my bowels have been acting strange, it started off with constipation- I immeadiatly took stool sofetners and produced my normal bowel movements,yet i relied on these for two weeks, when coming off of them I found constipation to come back, so switch to CosmoCol, which made my stool loose and infrequent and gassy! I went to my doctor as I was worried about a reliance on taking stuff. My doc examined me and apparently everyhing inside was fine- got told to change my diet which I have done, I got blood tests done for my thyroid and it was normal, yet, an iron deficiency was found! Currently I am off laxatives- yet my stool still hasnt returned to normal, I have small urges to go and only a small amount of stool is expelled. Whereas before, I used to go around 2-3 times a day with large/ bulky stools. It is coming up to a month now and is making me feel depressed and anxious as all I think about all day is pooping! It is also making me not want to eat as I am worried it will just not come out properly! Please help is this normal or am I just super paranoid, i dont have pains, bloating/gassy only after i eat but not for long, usually when i do feel urge to use the bathroom its alot of gas and small amounts of stool. Thanks for help!