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March 13, 2012 6:23 PM
My nursing interventions for patients that can't have a BM are;

get them walking/moving
high fibre diet + water+++++++++++
privacy in the bathroom
Prune juice, warmed
Herbal teas
stool softener (colace) or Sennosides (senokot)


Personally though, coffee gets me moving in NO TIME. :) :)
  10980667
March 13, 2012 6:23 PM
I find that on days where I have a salad for a meal as well as a bunch of raw veggies as a snack, and a couple of pieces of fruit, I am EXTREMELY able to go to the bathroom! I second the suggestion of psyllium husks, and prunes also help, if you don't mind the taste. If increasing your fiber intake doesn't help, definitely go to the doctor - using stool softeners becomes "addictive" to the point where you can't go without them.
  15283016
March 13, 2012 6:24 PM
The more you use laxatives, the more your body gets used to them. Drinking water alone doesn't help bring water down to your lower intestine. That's the role of fiber. Incorporate a bit more fiber in your diet and see what happens because that's going to be the very first thing your doctor tells you. And if you tell him/her you already tried that then you get a second visit out of the way.
March 13, 2012 6:25 PM
Most of the fiber supplements you buy in the stores (except Metamucil) are soluble fiber - those are actually bulk-forming and can constipate you. If you're using a lot of stool softeners/laxatives, your body can become reliant on those to have a BM.

If you are eating a lot of protein, or taking supplements with a lot of calcium or iron, that can also cause constipation.
Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables? Do you eat whole grains or refined grains? How much water are you drinking? How much are you exercising?

I feel like more than half of my job is talking about how to stop being constipated
March 13, 2012 6:25 PM
never had this problem. what type of stuff are you eating? if you eat recommended servings of fresh fruit and veggies that should get you right.
  12840602
March 13, 2012 6:25 PM
Coffee and dried apricots! Works for me!
March 13, 2012 6:26 PM
I have had a lot of problems over the years and what helped me was making sure I am well hydrated and going on a vegetarian diet. Seriously! I do eat some meat sometimes but I have found that if I do a vegetarian diet for a while I go regularly every day...as soon as I add meat back into the equation I start going less normal and sometimes a week or more pass! I also make sure I get plenty of fiber. I get the high fiber breads, the splenda with fiber, etc.

"an apple a day keeps the doctor away"
Edited by JoJoDoerr On March 13, 2012 6:26 PM
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March 13, 2012 6:27 PM
after a while your body actually gets used to having laxatives/etc in it, so you in a way get "addicted." you really might need a Dr's help figuring out a plan :(

good luck!
  6180493
March 13, 2012 6:27 PM
drink hot water and lemon,,,
March 13, 2012 6:28 PM
QUOTE:
yes i excersie 5 days a week...walk 3 miles...i have lost 38lbs in 2months....not taking no supplements...and yes i eat alot of fruit..more so than veggies...and yes i drink plenty of water
Most of the fiber supplements you buy in the stores (except Metamucil) are soluble fiber - those are actually bulk-forming and can constipate you. If you're using a lot of stool softeners/laxatives, your body can become reliant on those to have a BM.

If you are eating a lot of protein, or taking supplements with a lot of calcium or iron, that can also cause constipation.
Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables? Do you eat whole grains or refined grains? How much water are you drinking? How much are you exercising?

I feel like more than half of my job is talking about how to stop being constipated
March 13, 2012 6:28 PM
My personal, non-medical opinion based off the best of my knowledge:

-Fiber can be constipating if you don't drink enough water. You say you're drinking enough, but try upping your intake just a little. It could help.
-If you're on any medications, or began taking a new vitamin, that can constipate you. Try to use vitamins from food sources rather than synthetic ones. --And always take with a meal and lots of water.
-For some natural relief, try drinking prune juice (gross) or eating prunes (delicious!) with LOTS of water, and maybe a cup of coffee. Go for a walk or exercise in some way, it helps move things through your colon.
-Also, since changing your diet, have you been eliminating FATS? Fat/oil helps lubricate the colon so matter slides through better (this is why you can use mineral oil as a laxative...bleh lol) Try incorporating some good fat back into your diet. Use olive oil to make a vinaigrette for your salads, enjoy avocado on a sandwich, eat some nut butters, or try oily fish such as salmon.
All with plenty of water!

Good luck, hope you find some relief soon!
March 13, 2012 6:29 PM
If I eat an orange, I better be near a toilet.
  8277888
March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
I would be off to a doctor after one week as Im guessing you would of tried everything under the sun after it being this long.

Something doesnt sound good there....
March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
chocolate milk on an empty stomach and good ole laxatives do it all the time
March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
One tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar with warm water, once or twice per day. You can take it for as long as needed and also helps loosing weight. This is the only thing ever worked for me and I have tried like almost everything
  6368081
March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
I agree that you should see your doctor if you get no relief from the suggestions posted here.

Things that can help you go...

1 Sunsweet Prunes they are very good. My Grams old solution and it does work.

2 If you own a juicer.... fresh apple juice will clean you out. Not store bought juice.

3 Vitamin C sometimes will help with 3,000 mg. you will go by morning

4 Drink a beverage that contains caffeine (such as coffee or tea), as caffeine tends to stimulate your bowels.

Yes! There are foods that tend to be constipating and there are foods that tend to help your digestive system process food and help get rid of the waste. Foods containing fiber can help prevent constipation. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, and nuts.

Some medical conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, low thyroid, and pregnancy can cause constipation. Medications such as strong pain pills, antidepressants, and antihistamines can also cause constipation. Most of the time, however, constipation happens for reasons such as waiting too long to go to the bathroom and not having enough fiber in your diet. The good news is that dietary and lifestyle changes can keep you “regular” and help you feel better.


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March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
100% fruit juice. Grape juice is good for me.
  12748489
March 13, 2012 6:31 PM
Eating a low fat diet can cause constipation. Consuming extra fiber can also cause it if your water intake isn't enough-which it needs to be a LOT more to help the fiber move through. A very healthy option is to take 3000mg of Omega 3 fatty acids/day. Fish oil, from a good source is very good. Flax seed oil is good, but not as good as a deep, cold-water fish oil. You need to get a good brand from a health food store. The oil of the Omega 3s helps "oil" your system, and moves things along. Plus it's very good for you.
March 13, 2012 6:32 PM
Try drinking kefir. I love blueberry, peach. This is the brand I drink. Kroger seems to have it the cheapest but if you can catch it at Aldi they have it from time to time cheaper. http://www.lifeway.net/Probiotics/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=kefir-general-adgroup&utm_content=lifeway-kefir&utm_campaign=kefir

Some information on Kefir. http://www.helladelicious.com/our-food/2011/01/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-kefir/
March 13, 2012 6:33 PM
I agree that you should check with your doctor. That said when my daughter was 'backed up' they told us to give her Miralax.
  10096292
March 13, 2012 6:34 PM
Swiss Kriss with lots of water. Works great.
  14940837
March 13, 2012 6:34 PM
Spinach always makes me go. I used to suffer from severe constipation issues... (really high fever, very sick to my stomach, etc.) So I took some magnesium citrate which will literally... well don't leave the vicinity of a toilet. Last time I ever wanted to be constipated.

Anyway, CHEESE binds me up bad, so if I have cheese, I have extra spinach that day.

Prune juice, coffee (for some people), and most veggie juices should also help.

But I'd go to the doc to get it checked out... especially since you seem to be taking quite a bit of fiber supplements and such.
  7232672
March 13, 2012 6:34 PM
I also have trouble but I have found yoga, water, increased exercising, fruit, and praying does the trick every three days!!!
I agree with the others See a doc if it is longer then 3 days!!! Good luck!!!
  14261889
March 13, 2012 6:37 PM
QUOTE:

Try drinking kefir. I love blueberry, peach. This is the brand I drink. Kroger seems to have it the cheapest but if you can catch it at Aldi they have it from time to time cheaper. http://www.lifeway.net/Probiotics/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=kefir-general-adgroup&utm_content=lifeway-kefir&utm_campaign=kefir

Some information on Kefir. http://www.helladelicious.com/our-food/2011/01/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-kefir/


Good to know I love it!!!! Does that really help with bowels? How long does it normally take?
  14261889
March 13, 2012 6:37 PM
I was in same situation. I have IBS and when I stopped drinking soda (and caffiene), it got real bad. I didnt go for over two weeks at one point. Over the course of four months it was bad. My stomach had constant lower left pain. I took exlax and almost went to hospital due to the pain. Doctor said fiber wasnt enough. She said to use miralax for 2 months plus lots of fiber and water. I was scared to use it, but she indicated it is the safest and what she reccommends. I took it and after 3 weeks or so of one dose a day until I was going 3 times per day. Now i drink at least 12 glasses of water and try to get 25-40g fiber per day. If i go 2 or more days without going, i take miralax again for a few days. However, I can go weeks without it. This has been a life long issue for me though. Changing my eating and cutting out caffiene through me off. If this is really new for you and doesnt resolve quickly, then you probably want to talk to doc.
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