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myownman259 karma

This fucking kid hasn't tried any of the dietary suggestions brought up. Fiber pills? Nope. Eating a high fiber diet? Nope. Vinegar? Nope. Yogurt (acidophilus)? Nope.

He purposefully eats shitty food and has an obvious medical problem that requires that he maintain a proper diet. You're not going to learn anything here except a vaguely new poop joke and how deliberately ignorant he is.

As someone with IBS and a kid that's allergic to nearly everything, this pisses me off.

Carry on. Sorry for the rant.

imverbose41 karma

I agree. I actually take the same medication as OP, along with four other laxative-causing drugs each day just to function. I have two GI diseases, I eat kale like a champ, and have tried everything you said.

Perhaps he hasn't had this long enough or it hasn't impacted his life enough yet. One day it might.

Dransel3 karma

The kid said he'd almost died. My guess is this is a parenting issue. Clearly something isn't going through. In another comment he said his mom has the same issue and mainly eats cereal and ice cream at dinner.

Reluctant_poop-7 karma

It is definitely not a parenting issue. I assure you my parents have helped in every way possible. My mother's issue is also lot worse than mine is. Since i was gone for a bit, most of you seem to believe this is the fault of me or my parents. That is just untrue. You are assuming I'm a kid who eats all the unhealthy food he can get his hands on which is also untrue.

Reluctant_poop-11 karma

Ok thank you for insulting me. No i don't go on higher fiber diets. I try to eat as little as i can however. There is no need for you to come on my AMA to call me ignorant, no matter if you have IBS or not. Also, it is not my fault I haven't heard of these things. I am only 17 and I listen to what my doctor says. I keep myself active and go jogging regularly. I assume he knows more about my condition than you, or at least I hope.

Popichan2 karma

I eat a lot

I'm sorry, what were you lying?

Reluctant_poop-4 karma

I fixed that earlier. Guess i should have thought before typing that one up huh?

GashCustard36 karma


Reluctant_poop25 karma

Then i suppose my usual 1 week would turn into 2 weeks lol.

GashCustard23 karma


Reluctant_poop9 karma

Not exactly healthy like vegetables and stuff but i don't eat unhealthy either. It hurts like hell but it is incredible relief when its over.

mittelhauser30 karma

Very sorry to hear about that. However...

That's a very low dose of Miralax. Is that really sufficient for you?

My 13 year old daughter (with chronic constipation) who only weighs 90lbs takes 2.5 times that plus fiber plus prescription Amitiza (http://www.amitiza.com/).

The latter being the thing that has helped her the most.

And how are you still getting prescription Miralax when it's an over the counter medicine now?

Reluctant_poop1 karma

I don't know a whole lot about the different types of medicines but the doctor says what he prescribes me is more powerful than miralax. I assume that is why.

IHaveAShittyLife1 karma

What you are using is not more powerful, it is plain miralax.

Reluctant_poop1 karma

Then i guess my doctor lied. :\

control_the_trigger19 karma

It seems you aren't concerned with your diet. Have you tried eating correctly for this condition (proper food and proper amount), exercising (it helps the motility of the GI tract), and following the advice of medical professionals involved in your case?

Reluctant_poop-6 karma

I try to get a lot of exercise. Me and my friend go jogging a lot and i stay active. I don't go on big diets but i do watch what i eat and make sure i don't gorge myself.

Troolz14 karma

Have you tried acidophilus pills?

Reluctant_poop2 karma

No and i'm not sure what that is. :\

Affinity241213 karma

Why not cure yourself by fixing your diet instead of always using laxatives to deal with symptoms?

Reluctant_poop-1 karma

It is not an issue that can be fixed with a simple diet change. (As my doctor has pointed out) He lately believes there is a place in my intestines that is smaller than normal and he hopes i will grow out of my issue one day.

coreanavenger12 karma

Have you had any success with increasing fiber in your diet? Not like eating fruits and veggies or Colace and Metamucil but like eating two bowls of Fiber One (the 40% daily fiber one) a day. I find all fiber is not alike (Metamucil is useless in my experience) but Fiber One cereal is some seriously effective cardboard.

Reluctant_poop-22 karma

I haven't tried fiber one but i make healthy smoothies.

coreanavenger11 karma

Seriously, give the Fiber One a try. Two bowls a day. Add something to make it taste better (fruits or better tasting cereal). Smoothies really don't do it. You chop up all the insoluble fiber and fruit fiber isn't very effective for a lot of people anyways. Good luck!

I also find that exercise helps keep people regular.

EDIT: I'm not a cereal rep. I'm a hospitalist and I've also been a doctor to myself. I've just found that for PREVENTION, two big bowls of "Super Colon Blow" works better for me than colace, senna, metamucil, or castor oil did. A bowl of blueberries seems to help me too. Lots of caffeine (especially energy drinks) can make you go initially but they dehydrate you and make it harder to go the next days after if you don't rehydrate big time.

Reluctant_poop3 karma

Thanks for the advice!

fubbleskag10 karma

how often do you crap? are there any side effects of the medication? is there an underlying cause of the constipation? is there a cure or curative procedure?

edit: if you're asking a question, upvote the OP people.

Reluctant_poop5 karma

Typically for a few days i will go every day and then suddenly i just.. Cant. At that point it takes about 4-7 days before i go again and the cycle repeats. As far as I know there are no bad side effects other than my body getting so used to it that it makes it even harder for me to go without it. Doctors still don't know the cause. They thought it was Hirschsprung's disease but I tested negative.

fubbleskag6 karma

at the risk of being that guy who gives advice for something he's never experienced when you've been dealing with this for years and have probably tried literally everything: have you tried drinking an ounce of pickle juice (or even straight vinegar) every day?

Reluctant_poop0 karma

I've never heard of pickle juice and vinegar actually! Lately I've made healthy smoothies to drink though.

lemon_vampire7 karma

What do you typically eat??

Reluctant_poop-35 karma


Dransel12 karma

That's not a real answer. Being a teenager is no excuse for a poor diet.

Reluctant_poop-4 karma

Didn't say poor. I eat normally but i dont over endulge or eat bad foods.

PaulOfPauland7 karma

Does it run in the family?

Reluctant_poop-21 karma

Yes actually! My mom has the same issue and they thought she had irritable bowel syndrome. My mom still has problems today and all she eats for dinner is usually ice cream or cereal. :(

edit: My mother's condition is a LOT worse than mine.

PaulOfPauland1 karma

Thank you for the reply. I hope everything works out for you in the future. Although I am a little disappointed that you didn't get the joke.

Reluctant_poop1 karma

Lol i got it after i replied and I felt stupid but it was still a solid question! ;D

jochi15436 karma

Do you have Hirschsprung's or something? If your situation is that bad, maybe taking out the affected part of your colon is actually worth it.

Reluctant_poop5 karma

I was nested negative for Hirschsprungs.

slayer1am5 karma

Whats the longest amount of time you've gone between BMs? Did the doctors ever tell you the theoretical medical maximum a person CAN go between BMs?

Reluctant_poop2 karma

He may have but i don't remember. A long time ago the doctors and my parents both thought it was all in my head and they would often tell me I will die if I didn't go more often. They have smartened up since then. I once had an impactment so large I should have died though. (according to the doctor)

LiveToDieAnotherDay5 karma

Does this effect your diet at all or will you just shovel down a Triple Grande Burrito because it's worth an intestinal rupture?

Reluctant_poop-5 karma

Well there are instances where i refuse dinner because its been a few days and I dont want to make it even harder on myself.

dgallant5 karma

The irony of me reading this on the toilet. Have you tried taco bell?

Reluctant_poop-16 karma

I love taco bell!

kevo523 karma

What causes this?

Reluctant_poop3 karma

They have gone through several theories and tests but the doctor says there is a place in my colon that he believes is smaller than it should be and it causes issues with poop passing through there especially when they are big in the first place.

MyCarNeedsOil3 karma

Has your doctor talked about fecal transplants? Basically micro-organisms in healthy individuals break down and help digest foods. There are pills for this in health food stores.

Reluctant_poop-2 karma

He hasn't. Me and my mom agree he isn't a good doctor and when I turn 18 i will be going to a new doctor.

juasjuasie3 karma

what was the most painfull situation about your problem?

Reluctant_poop3 karma

That's a hard one. (Hahaha) A lot of the most painful things I've ever experienced is due to my problem. The tops ones are probably the internal hemorrhoids, the barium enema, and the time it almost killed me. Lets go with that last one.

juasjuasie1 karma

what happened in that moment? glad you are alive and (almost) well

Reluctant_poop1 karma

I edited it into my original post, but "The worst thing I experienced because of this was back before i had control over my bowel movements. For years i had gone a week at a time and i had to be rushed to the emergency room an hour away for an emergency colonoscopy. The doctor said I had an impactment the size of a cantaloupe. Yes. A cantaloupe. He then said He is surprised I am alive. This impactment actually stunted my growth. I was made fun of for being short for a long time. After this impactment was removed, i sprouted like bamboo. (very quickly) Although i am not "tall." I am not short anymore."

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Reluctant_poop-9 karma

Sometimes when things are going well for a long time i slowly stop taking the medication but then after a while the constipation begins again.

jpy922 karma

Have you ever soiled yourself as a result of the laxatives?

Reluctant_poop2 karma

Well the laxatives don't give me diarrhea. They just kinda soften the poop up and make it easier to pass. But when I get extremely constipated i take Magnesium Citrate which DOES give me liquid diarrhea and some has leaked out although very rarely.

DiarrheaPockets2 karma

How do you feel about diarrhea?

Reluctant_poop8 karma

It's fiery relief.

Seamus_OReilly1 karma

Disgusting, but, have you considered a fecal matter transplant?

Reluctant_poop-10 karma

I wasn't diagnosed with anything that requires that.

uhaul261 karma

Do you suffer from hemroids?

Reluctant_poop2 karma

Yes I have had a lot of internal hemorrhoids and they are one of the greatest pains I've experienced.

100Rob1231 karma

How did you find out? Was there a time when you tried getting off the laxatives?

Reluctant_poop1 karma

Yes and when I do, I just get constipated again.

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Reluctant_poop2 karma

Because chronic constipation can be related to cancer and diseases. My doctor was very concerned with what the cause was. I'm not sure about the second question. I have to go to the doctor to get refills though.

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Reluctant_poop1 karma

When you have an upcoming colonoscopy They give you a huge jug of laxative you have to take the night before to clear your bowels. As for the time I had to be rushed to the ER, that wasn't really a formal procedure. But they had to go up into my intestines to clear the blockage. The front of the bottle says prescription and my mom (who usually acquires it for me) says it is not available over the counter.

cvillemade-4 karma

Are you shitting me?

I think you're full of shit.

Reluctant_poop5 karma

Actually I went about 20 minutes ago! It is a good day.