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Old 11-08-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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I've had trouble with constipation since a young child lately I've had less bowl movement I'm luck if I go once a day and its very little. I have a lot of stomach and chest pressure and pain, bending over and laying down I feel more pressure. I know if I had better bowl movement id feel a lot better, I really feel like terrible because of it.is there anything could do or take that maybe wll help my digestive system? I'm also under a lot of stress. Please if anyone can help id appreciate it
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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I would definitely see a doctor SOON! If you dont need a referral from your primary...skip the primary and go to a Gastrointestinal specialist!!!!! Good luck and i hope you feel better soon!
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Moderator cut: orphaned quote To the OP: Have you tried probiotics? Its live culture also contained in yogurt (most of them) or you can get it at a health food store. It regulates your good flora and bad flora in your intestines and provides a good laxative effect.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I've had trouble with constipation since a young child lately I've had less bowl movement I'm luck if I go once a day and its very little. I have a lot of stomach and chest pressure and pain, bending over and laying down I feel more pressure. I know if I had better bowl movement id feel a lot better, I really feel like terrible because of it.is there anything could do or take that maybe wll help my digestive system? I'm also under a lot of stress. Please if anyone can help id appreciate it
How old are you?
How is your diet?
Do you drink plenty of water?
You need to get your bowels moving!
This is an excellent product ... works wonders for me.
Organic India Fiber Harmony
And like PhxBarb said, using a probiotic supplement is a very good idea.
Both can be found a your local health food store or via the internet and i suggest avoiding over the counter pharmaceutical products for constipation.
Go natural.
If you have an underlying physical and/or emotional issue, you'll want to address it.
Chronic constipation is something that needs to be addressed.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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How old are you?
How is your diet?
Do you drink plenty of water?
You need to get your bowels moving!
This is an excellent product ... works wonders for me.
Organic India Fiber Harmony
And like PhxBarb said, using a probiotic supplement is a very good idea.
Both can be found a your local health food store or via the internet and i suggest avoiding over the counter pharmaceutical products for constipation.
Go natural.
If you have either and underlying physical and/or emotional issue, you'll want to address it.
Chronic constipation is something that needs to be addressed.
I would guess that a lot of your issues are diet related. Most likely you are eating the same type of food you ate as a child and having the same symptoms.

Changing your diet to include A LOT of fresh fruits and vegetables is going to clear up that constipation problem, trust me.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Prunes are very effective for me. Eat about 6-7 only then see what happens.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: WA
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i agree with everyone who recommends seeing a gastroenterologist.
There are so many issues your symptoms could be related to, but most likely they are diet-related.
Do you have any other symptoms, like eczema/skin rashes, joint pain, headaches, fogginess, inability to concentrate, irritability?
The GI dr. will probably recommend some sort of "elimination diet" where you remove a certain type of food to see if your symptoms ease up.

The protein in many foods can cause GI distress:
corn
soy
gluten (wheat,barley,rye)
dairy
casein
eggs

I'd steer clear of any dr. that initially recommends meds over natural methods.
It's best to eliminate the source of the problem instead of treating symptoms and never pinpointing the source.

I hope you find an answer soon. I dealt with, and to a degree still deal with, many food intolerance issues. It can be a living nightmare.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:29 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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It sounds as if it could be gluten intolerance. You might want to try eliminating gluten from your diet (mostly in wheat products, but also present in other things...a simple Google search will get you answers).

Of course you should check with a doctor, but bear in mind that unless you actually have celiac disease, gluten intolerance might not show up on any tests. If a doctor tells you that you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, remember that this is sometimes a catchall term for "we really can't figure it out so we're going to label you with IBS".

My daughter always had bloating and stomach pains and trouble with bowel movements. She did a symptoms search and found that gluten intolerance fit the description. She went on a gluten-free diet for a month and the symptoms went away. She also went to two gastroenterologists who ran all sorts of tests and then proclaimed IBS. She went back on her gluten-free diet and it's been three years and she's not had a problem since.

Gluten is sort of the "glue" that keeps things like bread and pasta from falling apart, but we eat too much of it in this country. It starts to stick to and line the intestines like paper mache and causes all sorts of health issues. There was also someone on one of those "Survivor" shows who always had bowel problems and didn't know why until she went on the show and didn't have any bread or other wheat products to eat. Her symptoms cleared up in two weeks.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I agree that it is probably diet related, but a consultation with your doctor is in order. S/he will want to look for conditions like an under active thyroid and check your medications to see if you are taking anything that might increase the risk of constipation.

If you are 50 years old or older, a colonoscopy is advisable if you have never had one.

If you have used laxatives, you may have become dependent on them, and your doctor can make suggestions to help you get off of them.

Adding the fruits and veggies while you are waiting to see your doc is a good idea. Increase your water intake. Not coffee, tea, milk, juice, Gatorade. Just plain water. Exercise every day. Even a brisk walk for about 30 minutes may help get things moving!

When you do feel the urge to use the toilet, stop what you are doing and go! Otherwise, your colon gives up and quits sending the signal that it is ready to empty. That lets the bowel content get harder, dryer, and more difficult to evacuate.

Constipation: Symptoms - MayoClinic.com

Do not be embarrassed to discuss the situation with your doc. It's all in a day's work for him!
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Lose the Gluten pronto. This has helped so many people that have had "mystery" GI symptoms all their lives and have tried everything. It's worth a shot but you have to be VERY strict about it otherewise it won't work.
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