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The Worst Pain I've Ever Felt

Okay… first of all, if anyone can’t be mature in this thread, why even bother responding?

So I know I’ve made a thread or two about this before, but for those that didn’t know, I’ve faced some nasty constipation my entire life, but it’s been the worst in the last year and a half or so.

A few months ago, I went to the doctor to get it checked out; because the pain was so evident, I was thinking it was Appendicitis. They told me no, and that I was basically full of shit (no pun intended.) They told me to up my water and fiber intake, and drink coffee. I DEFINITELY have upped my water intake into my upper threshhold, and I think I consume more grams of fiber a day than God himself.

Anyway, two nights ago, I was unable to go lift, so I decided to go for a three-mile run. I got back, and everything was fine. Over that night, though, I started developing that intense pain in my lower abdominal area again. Yesterday was so painful I could hardly walk, had to leave work early, and couldn’t even attempt to lift or go to class.

I know there’s people with medical degrees around here, and I’d greatly appreciate any sort of thoughts, suggestions, or opinions on the subject. I cranked out Ex-Lax yesterday, but it’s only helped marginally. Last night was probably one of the worst nights of my life. I need to find out how the hell to A.) prevent this from happening and why the pain is so intense.

Thanks in advance.

Find another doctor to be honest, you may get some suggestions online but no one’s internet connection is fast enough to offer a diagnosis at this point in time.

I would seek more doctors and get that shit sorted - it could be nothing, it could be serious.

[quote]SSC wrote:
Okay… first of all, if anyone can’t be mature in this thread, why even bother responding?

So I know I’ve made a thread or two about this before, but for those that didn’t know, I’ve faced some nasty constipation my entire life, but it’s been the worst in the last year and a half or so.

A few months ago, I went to the doctor to get it checked out; because the pain was so evident, I was thinking it was Appendicitis. They told me no, and that I was basically full of shit (no pun intended.) They told me to up my water and fiber intake, and drink coffee. I DEFINITELY have upped my water intake into my upper threshhold, and I think I consume more grams of fiber a day than God himself.

Anyway, two nights ago, I was unable to go lift, so I decided to go for a three-mile run. I got back, and everything was fine. Over that night, though, I started developing that intense pain in my lower abdominal area again. Yesterday was so painful I could hardly walk, had to leave work early, and couldn’t even attempt to lift or go to class.

I know there’s people with medical degrees around here, and I’d greatly appreciate any sort of thoughts, suggestions, or opinions on the subject. I cranked out Ex-Lax yesterday, but it’s only helped marginally. Last night was probably one of the worst nights of my life. I need to find out how the hell to A.) prevent this from happening and why the pain is so intense.

Thanks in advance.[/quote]

If this constipation is so bad, and it keeps recurring I’d also recommend that you look for another doctor. They are professionals, but it isn’t unusual for them to sit there twiddling their thumbs while a persons health deteriorates so move to another doc pronto!

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I hope by now you have seen another doctor. My ex husband had a similar issue 2 years back. He was constipated and due to that developed painful hemorrhoids accompanied by bleeding. He also developed intermittent pain and was checked for appendicitis, and was told the same thing as you, major stool back-up.

Then one night the pain got so bad he called me to get him something from the pharmacy, when I got to his house the poor guy could not even stand up straight. We went to the ER, but by the time he was admitted his appendix had burst and perforated his bowel. He was in the hospital for close to 2 months and almost ended up with a permanent bag.

Apparently his appendix had been inflamed for a long time, but it was a low grade inflammation, he never had fever and the pain was not localized. If we hadn’t gotten to the hospital and the damn thing burst in the night, he might have died from the resulting infection.

Not trying to freak you out or anything, but get to another doctor ASAP. Pain like that is not normal.

Thanks for all the shit…

I second (or third) the replies to get another opinion. Try to find a holistic dr if possible. And no, I’m not saying an asian herbal practitioner or something like that, but a board certified MD who looks at holistic approaches to healing (my GP is one). There aren’t very many, but if you can find one, it is worth the trouble.

Have you tried taking daily probiotics (acidopholous, bifidus, etc)? For whatever reasons, your digestive tract is not getting the job done and it needs to be helped along. This is not a quick fix remedy by the way, so it shouldn’t substitute on-going medical advice.

What does your diet look like, i.e. are you getting your veggies? Have you had any other illnesses leading up to the trouble, especially any that required strong antibiotics? Are your pants too tight? Seriously, if you always wear pants that are too tight in the waist, they can constrict your intestines. Has anyone checked you for a hernia? When you do shit, is it rock hard or loose? One massive shit or several smaller ones?

Digestive issues usually develop over a long time period, so you should expect to take a while to correct it, unless you have something serious.

DB

Trust me, dude, I’ve been in your situation before and only one thing got me out:

http://fibermenace.com/

enema?

Thanks for the replies. I’ll definitely get a second opinion or try to find a specialization doctor. If I have to have get an enema, I can deal with some uncomfort to negate 48 hours of hell.

[quote]eic wrote:
Trust me, dude, I’ve been in your situation before and only one thing got me out:

http://fibermenace.com/[/quote]

Wait…so fiber is bad now?

I hate it when this happens.

Did you tell the doc you’ve had problems your whole life? Ever had a full workup by a specialist? I’d get checked out by one.

Go to a gastrointestinal doctor and get checked out. There is also a new technological advance where a pill containing a tiny camera inside it is ingested and takes thousands of pictures of your digestive system. You might want to look into that, as it can help pinpoint where the problem is, if indeed there is one.

See a gastroenterologist. Really, it is absolutely necessary that you get a second opinion.

I have had constipation for years as well (due to past bulimia and laxative abuse). When I take fiber supplements such as Metamucil, I just get more constipated.

Get fiber from your diet, but too much can just clog your intestines. When I took fiber supplements, I also had to use a heavy amount of stool softener or I’d just clog up. My own physician has recommended that I use the two concurrently.

But yes, you need to get to a different and specialized doctor ASAP. If I were you and in that much pain I’d probably use an enema to relieve it temporarily (it’s humiliating and gross but the relief is wonderful), but another doc is necessary.

Once you have the immediate problem resolved, this is the only thing that has worked for me long term: http://www.oxypowder.com/

I’ve gone from completely incapacitated intestinal function to only needing to take it about once a week (in the span of about a year). I love the stuff.

Light beer and late night thai food

I had similar shit issues when I had a UTI. It took them 4 hours of me throwing up all over the ER every time they made me drink anything before they had me piss in a cup and test it.

But you certainly need another Doctor.

I always found Flax oil to soften me up…

Dude, I’m sorry to say but this sucks. This could be one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. Hopefully you find what works for you, do some research on sodium and find out where your balance is.

If you are eating healthy and believe some of the mythology about food going around, you may be on a very low sodium diet. Sodium effects the re-absorbtion of water in your large intestine and colon.

If you are lacking sodium, you will retain water regardless of how much you drink and increasing your water intake may actually make it worse. Check your diet and if you find you are ingesting a low amount, supplement your intake with some healthy sea salt.

It’s cheap and your body needs it. Sodium is one of the most important fliud balance chemicals in your body. A deficiency is very bad.

Also go see a specialist as you may have other problems.

V

I ate pizza for a week straight once, and ended up puking at the hospital because of it. It’s funny I never even realized I was constipated. The doctor took an xray and was pretty much like, “ya, see all that? it’s all shit.”

http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/article.html?article_id=41277

Here is an article that covers some more basics to constipation. Perhaps you have a calcium and magnesium imbalance? Do you take ZMA and drink milk?

V

W/ my cystic fibrosis, I have had constipation issues my whole life.

Around 11 yrs old, I hit rock bottom, after clearing up an impacted bowel I started drinking a gallon of go-lytely every 2 weeks.17 yrs later now I have never had another blockage.

Yes it is a hassle to have to take laxatives 2 days a month, but really in the long run, it will prevent anymore backups an leave you feeling fine. Lil bit of discomfort no where near the same pain as a blockage.

Hope this helps.