will cleansing help constipation?

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Poopersally asks:

Dear Motherload,

I am in a rut. I have suffered from constipation for years. However, I have learned to deal with the issue and had started to successfully poop daily. I changed my lifestyle to include daily exercise, drink lots of water, eat bran in the mornings and fruit during the day and take Metamucil twice a day. I am careful of what I eat, because the next day I might suffer from yesterday's eating.

My problem started about two months ago, when my bowels started to slug a bit. In the past three weeks I have not gone but three times, and that was due to my pharmacist telling me about Magnesium Citrate. But I have to drink the whole bottle to get any relief. My doctor put me on Zelnorm two days ago.

So I have been thinking about a cleansing. What are your thoughts? Can my body just become immune to Metamucil? I did stop taking Lexapro and Wellbutrin about two months ago when this all seemed to become a problem. Can you give me any insight?


Dear Poopersally,

This seems like a question of poop frequency as opposed to the hard, large stools associated with actual constipation.

It seems that you are interpreting not having a bowel movement on a daily basis as constipation. This is not necessarily so. You may just be a person that only has to go once every several days.

The diet and exercise regimen that you mention sounds like a good one. And judging by your name, I am going to assume that you are female. That alone speaks volumes about pooping. Women tend to poop less frequently than males. That does not mean that we are constipated.

Now, as far as the Lexapro and Wellbutrin are concerned, these medicines are usually prescribed for anxiety and depression. If you suddenly stopped taking them without the advice of your doctor, you may just be experiencing symptoms of those conditions.

Imaginary constipation is very real. People just assume that if they are not having a bowel movement every single day like clockwork that they are constipated. This usually leads to the use and abuse of laxatives, which actually backfires and causes constipation.

Get back on your meds and quit obsessing about pooping every day. Keep up the diet and exercise.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












29 Comments on "will cleansing help constipation?"

Barking Spider of the Carolinas's picture
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I had a roommate who only pooped once a week. He would drop huge logs and leave them for me to discover. I'm not really shameful so this didn't bother me much. He'd get mad if he pooped more than twice in a week and assume he was ill. I poop about every day so he thought I was some kind of pooping freak. I don't understand how someone could keep 15" of poop in the ol' chute and not get horribly backed up. He is one of those guys with a fast metabolism if that would make any difference.


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SamDamnit's picture
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Stop taking the meds and start smoking a bowl of reefer twice a day. Those pharmacueticals will make you crazy.
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healthy 1's picture
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The big thing is, what is your normal pooping schedule?

If you have always not pooed everyday then that is probably just your norm, but if went from pooping everyday to a few times a week, then there could be something wrong (like IBS-C)

As for colon cleanses there are many good ones out there. Dr Natura and Sonne's #7 are great products. My favorite is the Sonne's #7.

Whatever you do DO NOT get ito the habbit of taking laxatives. You could become dependent.
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spandexman's picture

I dated a girl once that only went when no one was around. She wouldn't use public restrooms, or the facilities at the nudist camp where she worked four days a week, but that is a story for another day.

One day I came home from work, and could not believe what I saw, the big golden-brown turd was the diameter of a salami and was at least sticking three inches out of the water. My ex-girlfriend is only 5'2". I was in awe of the huge log in my toilet.
Being the quirky type made a small sailor's hat from the Daily newspaper and put it on top of Ms. Turd.
My ex not having much of a sense of humor returned to the scene of the crime and wasn't happy with my paper joke. I was sorry not to have a Mr. Potato Head around.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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If she didn't have much of a sense of humor, why'd she leave a salami-turd around for you to find? Why didn't she flush it? Hmmmn.

DungDaddy's picture
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Allright! I was wrong about you, SamDamnit. I thought you were a whining liberal rectum. That may still be the case, but if you are regularly partaking of the sacred herb - and prescibing it to friends and acquaintences - you're allright!

We have something in common besides buttholes.

spandexman's picture

Simply put GottaGoGirl she could not flush it down the toilet and wasn't about to touch it. She most likely figured either I would call the maintenance man, or take care of the problem myself, which I did.

I put it in a plastic bag and tossed it in the dumpster behind the building. It must have weighed 3 pounds by the way.

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
k 500+ points

Damn spandex 3 pounds! All I know is I must fire off at least one volley from my ass cannon on a daily basis or I am just not right.

AHHHHHEMMMMMMMMMM JUST CLEARING MY THROAT!! ;)

Nine Inch Log's picture
k 500+ points

Sam and Dung, amen. The sacred herb not only helps your life, but it acts as a natural laxative for me. Do any of you have to drop trou just after partaking?

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DungDaddy's picture
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I personally don't like to hit the toilet when high. The weed time-warp always makes me think I'm on the pot for two hours.

After consuming two boxes of Cap'n Crunch, though, you are going to have to visit the bog.

Cyanocobalamin's picture
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Remember to visit the bong before the bog! :D

Fecal Follies's picture
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Wouldn't that be visit the "bog" before the "bong"?

Cyano may have visited the bong before posting ;)


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Fart Poopie's picture
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This is from gastro.org:

Constipation is the infrequent and difficult passage of stool. The frequency of bowel movements among healthy people varies greatly, ranging from three movements a day to three a week. As a rule, if more than three days pass without a bowel movement, the intestinal contents may harden, and a person may have difficulty or even pain during elimination. Stool may harden and be painful to pass, however, even after shorter intervals between bowel movements. Straining during bowel movements or the feeling of incomplete evacuation may also be reported as constipation.

Many false beliefs exist concerning proper bowel habits. One of these is that a bowel movement every day is necessary. Another common fallacy is that wastes stored in the body are absorbed and are dangerous to health or shorten the life span. These misconceptions have led to a marked overuse and abuse of laxatives. Every year, Americans spend $725 million on laxatives. Many are not needed and some are harmful.

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. Like a fever, constipation can be caused by many different conditions. Most people have experienced an occasional brief bout of constipation that has corrected itself with diet and time. The following is a list of some of the most common causes of constipation:

Poor Diet - A main cause of constipation may be a diet high in animal fats (meats, dairy products, eggs) and refined sugar (rich desserts and other sweets), but low in fiber (vegetables, fruits, whole grains). Some studies have suggested that high fiber diets result in larger stools, more frequent bowel movements, and therefore less constipation.
Imaginary Constipation - This is very common and results from misconceptions about what is normal and what is not. If recognized early enough, this type of constipation can be cured by informing the sufferer that the frequency of his or her bowel movements is normal.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Also known as spastic colon, IBS is one of the most common causes of constipation in the United States. Some people develop spasms of the colon that delay the speed with which the contents of the intestine move through the digestive tract, leading to constipation.
Poor Bowel Habits - A person can initiate a cycle of constipation by ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement. Some people do this to avoid using public toilets, others because they are too busy. After a period of time a person may stop feeling the urge. This leads to progressive constipation.
Laxative Abuse - People who habitually take laxatives become dependent upon them and may require increasing dosages until, finally, the intestine becomes insensitive and fails to work properly.
Travel - People often experience constipation when traveling long distances, which may relate to changes in lifestyle, schedule, diet, and drinking water.
Hormonal Disturbances - Certain hormonal disturbances, such as an underactive thyroid gland, can produce constipation.
Pregnancy - Pregnancy is another common cause of constipation. The reason may be partly mechanical, in that the pressure of the heavy womb compresses the intestine, and may be partly due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Fissures and Hemorrhoids - Painful conditions of the anus can produce a spasm of the anal sphincter muscle, which can delay a bowel movement.
Specific Diseases -Many diseases that affect the body tissues, such as scleroderma or lupus, and certain neurological or muscular diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and stroke, can be responsible for constipation.
Loss of Body Salts - The loss of body salts through the kidneys or through vomiting or diarrhea is another cause of constipation.
Mechanical Compression - Scarring, inflammation around diverticula, tumors, and cancer can produce mechanical compression of the intestine and result in constipation
Nerve Damage - Injuries to the spinal cord and tumors pressing on the spinal cord can produce constipation by affecting the nerves that lead to the intestine.
Medications - Many medications can cause constipation. These include pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum, antispasmodic drugs, antidepressant drugs, tranquilizers, iron supplements, anticonvulsants for epilepsy, antiparkinsonism drugs, and antihypertensive calcium channel blockers.
Colonic Motility Disorders - The peristaltic activity of the intestine may be ineffective resulting in colonic inertia or outlet obstruction.

Hope that helps someone.

DungDaddy's picture
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Whew! Well now we got the straight poop on constipation.

daphne's picture
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It sounds like the writer was just really worried to fall back off the poop wagon because of past instances. It's these times that I'm glad we have Motherload and are here at all.

Dung Daddy, have you ever made the mistake of thinking someone can hear you while you're on the pot?

Oh, to the forum.........smokey peepee story.


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Raggedmama's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

A daily bowel movement may not be absolutely necessary - but I think an average of one a week is cause for concern. Since it's been going on awhile, I'd get a colonoscopy if I were you.

DungDaddy's picture
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I've made the mistake of thinking somebody can't hear me when I'm on the pot.

Deja Poo's picture

When we voiced some concerns about Little DP's bowel habits, the Pediatrician advised that anything from 3 times per day to once every three days is normal.

Rectal Badger's picture
l 100+ points

As someone who suffers from both depression and anxiety, I can tell you that gastrointestinal problems are often a symptom of depression. Maybe your meds just stopped working for you and now that you're off of them, the problem is still lingering...you might want to ask your doctor about trying new pills to treat your problems.

Nine Inch Log's picture
k 500+ points

I had my first close quarters pooping incident the other day. In my new place each bedroom has it's own bathroom/shower. Anyway, mel and I were hanging out between classes and we both had to poo. Being the gentleman that I am I let her go first, I also turned up the music so that she would not feel uncomfortable.

My turn, however, was different. Just as I plopped down and began the pre-shit farts the music stopped and I could hear her giggle. Yes, that's right. She thought it would be funny to embarass me by making sure my hurricane shit was heard. God I love that woman.

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the log of hazzard's picture
l 100+ points

Yeah, you just sound like your the type who poops less often. Your regular pooping system must be every few days. Nothing you can do about it. You no doubt are a sufferer of imaginary constipation.

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Turdle Dove's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Antidepressants can cause hardcore constipation. I've been on nearly every typical one prescribed, including both Lexapro and Wellbutrin. The only time in my life I became truly constipated for more than a few days was when I was on Paxil. I had a high fiber diet, water, exercise, blah blah blah, but I just couldn't poop! Luckily my doc switched me to a different one after 3 months. But in this case, poopersally is going off the meds and getting constipated, so my post might be completely irrelevant.

Fart Poopie's picture
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LOL. Sorry, DungDaddy. It's a long post, but I thought it might be helpful/informative. :-)

Anonymous Coward's picture

Constipation may also be caused by dysfunction of pelvic muscles involved in pooping (functional). Such cases may benefit from biofeedback. Recently botox has been used with success.

Recto Magnifico's picture
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GOSH, I REALLY WANTED TO POST A 2-SCREEN COMMENT IN ALL ITALICS, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW THE HTML TAGS WORK, SO YOU'LL HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS ALL-CAPS ALTERNATIVE.

NO, REALLY, I ENJOY READING SOMETHING THAT'S ENTIRELY IN ITALICS. THAT WAY, I KNOW THAT every WORD IS IMPORTANT, NOT JUST A FEW OF THEM.

I MEAN, I KNOW I COULD HAVE JUST PUT QUOTES AROUND THE WHOLE CITATION IF I COPIED AND PASTED SOMETHING, BUT THAT'S TOO EASY, AND PEOPLE WILL LOSE SIGHT OF THE BEGINNING OF THE QUOTE BY THE TIME THEY REACH THE END.

ANY WAY, THANKS FOR LISTENING!

*whew! all that shouting made me tired!*

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Recto Magnifico's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Oh, wait, is this how they work?

That is
so cool!


Next time I'm going to use
a bulleted list!

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The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
k 500+ points

I usually take a crap twice a day I am glad I never had to deal with constipation. Nice bulleted list there fella!
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AHHHHHEMMMMMMMMMM JUST CLEARING MY THROAT!! ;)

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Uh... I think the italics was to show where content had been borrowed from another site; it may have come that way when copied. I don't think Fart Poopie is the shouting type; she already acknowledged that the post was long, but informative. R.M.: there's no need to be snide.

PV's picture

Constpation is not fun, a blocked bowel is not healthy, and the cause many other symptoms and diseases. When I found Dr. Max Powers 15 Day Cleanse, I found a true friend for life!

If you want a true cleaning, do this 15 Day Cleanse from Dr. Max every few months. Even my skin has cleared up, I've lost weight, and just feel so much better! I've done other cleanses, And Dr. Max Powers is the best!

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