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Strain even when BMs soft

Does anyone else have this problem? When I tell medics I often have to strain to pass a bm they assume I have hard, pellety motions - in fact they are usually quite soft. I struggled to pass anything today but was very conscious that there was something there to pass - ended up having to use a glycerine suppository to get things moving. Diet doesn`t seem to make any difference. I have tried magnesium citrate but can only take a very small amount or end up having to rush to the loo

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I am new to all this... I have had the same... 😣

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Hi janke,

I too have a similar problem and, like you, I've always met with a blank stare from medics when I've tried to explain things. I think you'll find, though, that there are quite a few people on here who experience a similar issue.

I find that taking 1 sachet of Movicol at bedtime usually works for me. When I first started on it, it really made me sprint to the bathroom first thing in the morning, but after a few days things settled down. I still have to move quite quickly when I get the urge to 'go', but at least everything usually clears out in 1 or 2 trips.

Cat

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Thanks Pagan - I have tried Movicol sometime ago and didn`t find it helpful but perhaps it is time to try again. I do find that a lot of things make me switch to full-blown diarrhoea though - it`a really hard to get the balance right

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I can identify with the possibility and or concern that I will induce diarrhoea if I don't get the balance right and that usually makes me think twice about taking anything at all which in itself is unhelpful. hey ho it makes for a rich life!!

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I have this also. I've been told it's a lack of fibre and to try fybogel but I'm scared to take it incase it makes me worse!

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It`s worth trying Ruby but it didn`t help me. I feel this is more about needing to speed up my guts rather than putting more stuff into them!

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Have same thing.

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Me too - I struggle with this daily and am often in great discomfort. It's as if the former muscular urge has forgotten how to work to empty the bowel properly. I end up straining which is counter productive. Deep breathing helps - fybogel causes gridlock for me but works for some - yakult and bio yoghurt sometimes help. Wish I could be of more help.

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Another symptom which doesn't seem to be taken seriously - I have this every day. Movicol has its limitations because it makes bm's thin and so harder to get out even though they are soft. And then after a few days of only half a sachet at bedtime it gives me urgent D. Magnesium gives me bad cramps and terrible D even at doses of 375mg. I think it's a muscle or nerve problem - but I have really no idea!

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I have been the same and when I don't strain the pain lasts for hours, probably due to previous straining leaving me feel anxious and nauseated and not wanting to eat. I daren't take pain killers as I fear it will worsen the situation.

Any solutions anyone?

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thanks everyone - at least it is good to know I am not alone. Doctors` only solution seems to be to take something like fybogel. Or when I tried to explain that I need to go 4 or 5 times a day but can only pass a small amount each time I was told to take loperamide routinely - which I know gives me severe constipation!

I am now coming off amitriptyline which I have been on for years and I now suspect has made me worse. And I am making more effort to get proper exercies daily to see if that gets things moving! I`ll let you know if it helps

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Look into getting Peristeen by coloplast

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I`ve done that - it didn`t help me unfortunately

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Did you try biofeedback to understand how your muscles are working?

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Ask your doctor to see a physiotherapist and see if you can strengthen your sphincter muscles. Also, you may have a rectocele.

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I had 5 months with a physio who specialises in bowel and bladder problems and bio-feedback - did bowel irrigation and various exercises. Have also been checked for a rectocele. Sadly nothing made a difference.

GP recently commented that the sphincter muscles are quite tight (which is causing backache) so I don`t think they need strengthening further!

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Antispasmodic? Hicosomine or Bental maybe would help.

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