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Emerald Eyes
01-09-2012, 12:21 AM
for some reason...I cannot poop to save my life lately!

I am SO embarrassed, but I desperately need some help. My husband told me that if I haven't gone by Wednesday he wants me to see a Dr.

I started my weight loss journey in late October....I've lost around 12 or 13lbs, and I feel great....but....

the past several weeks, I just can't have a BM. I haven't changed anything from what I've been doing the whole time I've been trying to lose weight and I used to go at least once a day...sometimes twice.

The only thing that changed is that I added some exercise. I was just getting used to calorie counting at first, and as soon as I added in regular exercise, I cannot lose any weight and I just hold poop in (I'm sure they are related at least a little bit).

I've heard it's common when you start exercising to stall a bit on weight loss while your body gets used to the added work outs because your muscles hold onto fluids or something like that..... but is no BM a common result of starting an exercise routine? seems like it should work opposite from what i'm doing.

The only time I've had a BM in the past week and a half is when I broke down and used a saline enema Friday night. It is now Sunday night and I haven't gone since.

any thoughts? suggestions? anything? please!

01-09-2012, 12:41 AM
I don't want to scare you but when this happened to my MIL it turned out to be colon cancer.

Exercise helps move things around not the opposite.

Going to a doctor is the best option.

01-09-2012, 12:42 AM
These are some things that I used to do when I was pregnant and got constipated frequently:
-drink prune juice
-drink plenty of water
-eat fiber but make sure you aren't eating too much fiber because it can constipate you (drinking plenty of water can offset this)
-try a laxative or stool softener that you take by mouth, there are some really gentle ones out there
-drink something with a little caffeine, that will sometimes get things moving (also make sure to drink plenty of water since caffeine is a diuretic)
Hope these help, if I think of anything else I'll let you know! Being constipated can be truly miserable!

Emerald Eyes
01-09-2012, 01:11 AM
thanks for the responses!
I'll be honest...I'm worried because I am eating enough fiber, and drinking plenty of water. I've tried miralax and stool softeners and haven't had any success with them...

Tomorrow I'm going to eat just fruits, veggies, and straight wheats or anything like that to see if that makes a difference. A friend who is a nurse suggested that I may be getting an intolerance to gluten.

Sigh....I am getting miserable. I will go to the Dr if nothing has changed by Wednesday.

01-09-2012, 01:18 AM
A random question - are you taking pain killers (the prescription kind - codeine, percocet, vicodin, etc.) for anything lately? If so, they can greatly disrupt bowel movements and, for myself at least, cause severe constipation. Regarding exercise - In some people or with certain conditions, exercise can impact bowel movements due to abdominal inflamation, but not typically to the point of not being able to have bowel movements at all.

Regardless, when constipation gets so bad that an enema is necessary, it's time to see a doctor. Please make an appointment sooner rather than later. I wouldn't wait until Wednesday.

In the meantime, up your fiber consumption, drink lots of water, and use a stool softener. Those things won't provide any immediate relief, but they will likely help after a few days of using them consistently. Edit: oops, sorry, I see you're doing this already. Keep doing it if you can. Once you get the lack of BM's resolved in an immediate sense, they will still help ease you back into more regular BMs.

I'm really sorry. Constipation that bad is really awful, I know.

Emerald Eyes
01-09-2012, 01:26 AM
nope :( no different medication that what i always take (just allergy meds and bc--that i've been on for almost 2 years).

I don't have a family practice Dr (the one I did use just moved to a different town), so I'm currently asking my friends for suggestions. I do want to get in ASAP because I'm fairly miserable...

Thanks again...I'm gulping down water right now....and eating prunes. *sigh*

01-09-2012, 01:26 AM
Any change in meds? Did you start taking a vitamin? Are you drinking more water to compensate for your exercise?

01-09-2012, 01:32 AM
When I had surgery to remove a kidney stone, I was takign tons of pain meds, nobody told me that it would cause constipation. I then spoke with my doctor and she gave me some pills to soften my stools. They didn't really do much. Then, embarrassingly enough, I cried and my husband assisted in me taking a enema. After about mayeb 15 minutes I finally went, wheww.....

01-09-2012, 02:08 AM
To the title of the post. There are no embarrassing questions.

If you don't ask, how will you ever know?

01-09-2012, 02:20 AM
I agree with the others who have said to see a doctor. No matter what is causing it, this is a very serious medical condition that a doctor will be able to help.

bandit bear
01-09-2012, 03:23 AM
Then, embarrassingly enough, I cried and my husband assisted in me taking a enema. After about mayeb 15 minutes I finally went, wheww.....

If that's not love, I don't know what is. You have a truly awesome husband!

01-09-2012, 04:45 AM
you could try senna, other laxatives, fruit, weetabix etc but if that doesn't work I'd say go to your doctor tomorrow, don't make yourself wait till wednesday constipation can make you feel very ill! xx

01-09-2012, 09:03 AM
Prune juice is an age old remedy for constipation.

01-09-2012, 09:14 AM
I just went thru this. An enema wouldn't even make me go. I started to get pain in my back and nauseous. Had to go to emergency room on Christmas day. Turns out I had diverticulitis. Put me on two strong antibiotics and liquid diet for several days and all better.
I don't think I'd eat any more fiber if I were you, might just plug you up more! Maybe you have a blockage? You do need to see a doctor. I know how miserable you are right now. A heat pad on your stomach can be comforting and maybe a liquid diet until you get to the doctor. Please don't do anymore laxatives until you see a doc.

01-09-2012, 10:18 AM
You may or may not be constipated. I only poop every 3 days when I'm eating right and exercising. When I go, I'm not straining, there is no blood in the stool and the poop isn't hard and big. I simply don't need to go more than that. Now, when I eat a lot of food (like doubling my "dieting" intake) I might need to go every day or every other day, but with my 1500 calorie diet, it's every three or so days. I eat tons of fiber, drink a ton. But I am not constipated.

Here is so reading/definitions of what is constipation:

01-09-2012, 10:19 AM
All bran ceral is another old remedy.

Emerald Eyes
01-09-2012, 11:21 AM
thanks everybody! I think I will call a Dr. This is abnormal for me...i wouldn't be too worried if it wasn't just in the last couple of weeks that I started doing this...normally, I go every day or every other day. I went about 5 days and the only way I went was because I used an enema....and I haven't gone since then either.

I have eaten prunes, had prune juice, eaten fiber bars and cereals, had fresh veggies and fruits, taken stool softeners, miralax, and milk of magnesia and NOTHING does anything except give me gas.

01-09-2012, 04:38 PM
Did you try a laxitive to loosen things? What are you eating? Maybe more fiber? Yeah I'd do like your husband said and go see a doctor if you don't go by wed.

01-09-2012, 09:26 PM
please don't put any more medicines in your body until you call a doctor. you can even call your local emergency room for advice right now if it would set your mind at ease.

01-09-2012, 11:28 PM
I know this might sound weird to some of you guys.. But I get severely constipated when I stop my daily dose of sublingual B12. I used to be severely deficient in B12 (absorption issues) and had BM only once in 3 days or so. But my BM became regular like clock work once I started taking sublingual B12.

01-10-2012, 03:49 PM
When that happens to me, I drink organic, herbal laxative tea and the next day I'm fine.

01-10-2012, 03:51 PM
I agree - you've done enough with meds, and overdoing it can actually make things very unpleasant. Get to a doctor, and don't fret, they see this problem all the time. I get constipation when I use certain painkillers so I'm used to dealing with this.

01-12-2012, 01:04 PM
Emerald Eyes, did you see your doctor, and what did he/she say ?

01-12-2012, 01:32 PM
Emerald Eyes, did you see your doctor, and what did he/she say ?

I came here wondering this very thing. I hope shes okay!! :)

01-12-2012, 03:32 PM
I've always had issues with BMs. Since I was 16, I would have maybe 1 a week and thought it was normal. I was always uncomfortable and gassy. Sometimes I would go two weeks and feel really panicked. I tried everything, getting a ton of fiber, laxatives, miralax, etc.

7 months ago I had a gall bladder attack that was so serious I had to have it immediately removed. After that I was still having problems digesting food months later. My doctor recommended that I take over the counter enzymes to help my digestion. I take a combo pill that breaks down fiber, carbs, fats, and milk sugars. The difference for me was outstanding. I have an easy BM every day or every other day at the most. I don't know why I lived like that for so long.

Please talk to your doctor about it and see what your body needs. When you find what it is, your body will feel so much better and your weight loss/management will be so much easier.

01-12-2012, 09:19 PM
Emerald Eyes, I am also answering to bump this thread so you see it and let us know how you're doing. I hope he doesn't just tell you what we have!

Lots of people experience this and could benefit from what you learn :(

(And I'll add: high fat foods and yogurt to the list.)

01-12-2012, 09:41 PM
My go-to for constipation is magnesium- I take a liquid cal/mag supplement and if I need to go I take a second dose.

I have a friend that swears by warm apple juice and he says that warm liquids help loosen up the bowels better than cold liquids.

01-12-2012, 10:13 PM
Mag citrate has never failed me. But of course I'm hoping Emerald got medical advice!

01-12-2012, 11:16 PM
I've just started taking psyllium seed husk capsules and that seems to help me.

01-15-2012, 03:07 PM

Are you ok, Emerald Eyes? Did you get in to see a doc?

01-15-2012, 08:52 PM
I take medication which causes this problem for me. I also take Magnesium and sometimes a stool softener...I stay away from laxatives. I usually go approx every 4 days. Ridiculous, and makes me feel SO bloated. :(

Coffee in the morning usually does the trick better than anything else.

01-16-2012, 01:51 PM
Oh, you know one thing just occurred to me-

Solid calcium supplements (even if they contain magnesium) can cause the WORST constipation. It's because of the binders they use in the pills. If you're taking a solid calcium supplement- even Tums- drop it and go to a liquid. No binders, so it won't bind you up!