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29 Things Only Someone with Constipation Would Understand

Written by Elaine E. Rushnell on April 3, 2017

1. Even your spouse, best friend, or sibling would prefer not to talk about this. (Maybe your mother would.)

prefer not to talk about this

2. Don’t even try to explain why you spend so much time in the bathroom.

in the bathroom

3. However, if you come out with a smile on your face and you’re pumping your fist, there may be questions.

smile on face

4. It’s up to you to deal with this in a way that’s comfortable and easy for you. Put a magazine rack in the bathroom. Or a flat-screen TV.

magazine rack

5. Ladies, give yourself a mini manicure while you’re sitting there doing nothing.

mini manicure

6. Don’t think about the amount of money you’ve spent on useless laxatives and fiber supplements.

laxatives

7. Or how you’re overwhelmed by the jillions of products — laxatives, stool softeners, enemas, brand name or generic, familiar or never-heard-of — that guarantee to help you. They’re everywhere.

jillions of products

8. There are dozens of “natural” remedies like high-fiber cereals, baked goods, supplements, prunes, prune juice, molasses, apples, lettuce, and flaxseed. They’re also everywhere.

natural remedies

9. Two of the cheapest, easily obtainable remedies are water and exercise.

water and exercise

10. Constipation is related to dehydration, so make sure you drink lots of water.

drink water

11. Many things cause constipation — diet, stress, painkillers, lifestyle changes, certain meds, pregnancy, health issues.

cause of constipation

12. If the condition is long term, or chronic, find out why and get treatment. It could be serious.

chronic condition

13. Know your body. If you ignore the urge to “go,” it may go away, and you’ll have lost the opportunity to get relief.

know your body

14. Years ago if you were constipated, you kept it to yourself, stayed home, and suffered in silence. Times have changed, thank goodness!

silence

15. Stressing over it isn’t the solution.

do not stress

16. As adults age, they become less active, eat and drink less, and take in less fiber, which can lead to becoming dependent on laxatives.

less active as adults age

17. Medications that are routinely given to treat other conditions such as arthritis, back pain, hypertension, allergies, and depression can lead to chronic constipation.

medication leads to constipation

18. Many doctors treat both pain and constipation at the same time, before the constipation becomes chronic.

treat pain and constipation

19. Keep repeating: “Plenty of liquids, dietary fiber, and exercise.” Make it your mantra.

liquid fiber exercise

20. Be assertive when you meet with your doctor. List your symptoms and ask questions.

be assertive with doctor

21. Feeling bloated, headachy, and irritable while constipated? You may be going through PMS.

pms

22. Go to the bathroom the same time every day. Morning is usually best.

bathroom same time

23. You’re tired of hearing from your grandma about taking cod liver oil. There are some things you just won’t try.

cod liver oil

24. Your personal situation isn’t like anyone else’s and may require different treatment.

personal situation

25. Don’t be shy about going up to the busy pharmacist and asking where the enemas are.

enema

26. You know exactly where the dried fruit aisle is in every grocery store.

dried fruit aisle

27. This is a subject that is both sensitive and serious. And the “butt” of many jokes.

sensitive and serious

28. Be sympathetic to other sufferers. They are you.

sympathy

29. The time will come when you emerge with pride, shouting “The eagle has landed!”

emerge with pride
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