I have suffered from Chronic and severe constipation for as long as I can remember. I remember my parents telling me They had to sometimes give me enemas as a child. Things seemed to get better in my teens, twenties and thirties. In my early 40's, things went downhill hill again. I had a bad fall from a horse show over a tall water jump which left me with severe degenerative back pain, sciatica, ruptured disks, bulging disks. Visits to a chiropractor has done little to relieve the pain. I finally had to resort to a pain management clinic and was put on the lowest dose of Hydrocodone. I took it exactly as prescribed. Unfortunately, the pain was severe enough where I also was presribed Naproxen 500 and Methocarbamol muscle relaxers. Shortly after that in 2011 I had a ruptured appendix, had it removed and they saw large cysts in my left ovary and to right one. They had to remove the left ovary and tube and large cyst from right ovary. I was 49 at the time, it was back to back surgeries. That seemed to aggravate the constipation even more, so I went to a Gastroenterologist for a biopsy for something different, and told him about my constipation issues. He asked if I had colonoscopy, I said yes, I had one at age 44, no polyps were found. He did not seem to concerned and hand wrote on a slip of paper to eat fiber, and either take benefiber, or Citrucel. I remember I took one of them, and it worked, but for some reason, I stopped taking it. Not sure why, as it was a long time ago. Then I tried it again, and had incomplete bowel movements, tried 8 glasses of water, flaxseed, Metamucil, prunes, prune juice, bran cereal, strawberries, olive oil, coconut oil, everything to no avail. I was starting to have maybe one or two bowel movements a week, which were pellets and I had to strain. Developing large internal hemmorrhoids. Pain management Doctor prescribed Senna-Lax. Told me to take it every day, but I did not want to do that, as I have required groups I have to attend, Doctors appointments, etc. I have to make sure I am near a toilet the next day because I am going all day. I am only taking the recommended dose. I tried Miralax, but it gave me severe cramping and saw that FDA put a black box warning on on it. Since I am severely constipated fiber only makes things worse. The only thing that works is Senna-Lax. I take three 8.6 tabs once a week at bedtime on Saturday night. I don't have any appetite loss, but do have some cramping in my lower abdomen after I eat alot. I just had a colonoscopy 3 weeks ago by the same Gastroenterologist I saw who wrote on the slip of paper. He said he found two polyps, non cancerous. He is dismissive of me, always seems to be at the hospital and never available to address concerns, and his nurses don't know the answers and have to page him at hospital, and they never get back to me. He prescribed Bentyl for cramping but it only constipates me further. Then he prescribed Linzess, which gave me bad stomach pain. Then he told me "more fiber and stool softener" which I told him before did not work. Now, he does not know what to do with me, and has referred me to a colon and rectal specialist. I used to be a happy, outgoing person a year ago. Then I stopped Opiods cold turkey thinking constipation issues would improve and things have only gotten worse. It seems my whole digestive system has shut down. I no longer take Opiods, muscle relaxers or the Naoroxen, not even an occasional Ibuprofen. Now I am miserable, no social life, have lost all my friends, because I can't go anywhere. The Gastro seemed unphased with my rapid weight loss. I am at a loss of what to do. This is no way to live. I am so thin now. People look at me with pity and I'm tired of "you are losing so much weight comments". I'm scared. Can anyone relate? Please don't tell me to not take laxatives, because my colon is already damaged, and all the fiber, fiber supplements, water and exercise does not help me. I am tired of constant ER visits. Help!