Sunday, 18 June 2017

Constipation is serious business

I phoned a mate this week and he told me he was suffering with constipation. He had never had this problem before and explained he had at first thought he had a twisted gut because the pain and discomfort was so bad. He managed to get an emergency appointment with his doctor who diagnosed constipation and the extreme pain due to an existing hernia being aggravated by the mass of the constipation. As I was talking to him I personally was into my third day of trying to pass a motion. I have suffered with slow bowel movements all my life.
People are funny when it come to bodily functions! Every single one of us on earth has to pass poo most days yet no one discusses this most natural of things. I personally have a toilet regime which involves logical (a stool loosener) and anal irrigation. My MS has wrecked what muscle I did have and the water help me empty my bowel but sometimes even that proves to be unable to make me go, as I said three days of trying is exhausting. As I write this my body is still not recovered two days after going.
The reason for writing this post is simple, don't suffer in silence, there is lots of help available. Speak to a chemist go and see your doctor, if he can't get you sorted he can put you in touch with a continence nurse. I have been with my nurse for over ten years and she had been fantastic, making my life bearable.
The other thing I want to say is I recently spoke to someone suffering diarrhoea. Don't not take medication to stop it Imodium is a marvellous drug that stops diarrhoea in its tracks.
Poo is not the most colourful of subjects but as I said everyone has to go and if you are having problems help is at hand, don't ignore it ask for help!

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