Warning: Toilet discussion you might not want to read…
Slightly odd thing to say, but I recently discovered that I’ve been consitpated for the last year. A year ago, I had flu followed by a month of fatigue and leg issues. During this period I went from being a twice a day girl, to being a twice/three times a week girl. I’d been ill & thought that things would sort themselves out.
I’m a vegetarian, with a high fibre diet, and have never been constipated. I’ve always imagined consitpation to involve difficulty getting it out & the result looking like rabbit droppings. The new version of me just doesn’t get any urge to go, and when I do it’s large, toilet blocking things that come out, that are messy to clean off, and sometimes don’t seem to come out completely (really sorry about this).
So, mentioned this to GP a couple of weeks ago, as part of my ‘is this normal, or is it a symptom?’ phase. She said that it’s not normal, it’s consitpation as my bowel is working too slowly. I tried upping my fibre by eating more prunes etc, but that made it worse. GP then prescribed sodium picosulfate and told me to come back in 3 weeks.
I have been through hell with this stuff. It does help, but after a couple of days I get terrible diarrhoea. I’ve tried 1 teaspoon a day, 1/2 teaspoon a day, taking it every other day, etc but it seems to either not work at all, or work too effectively & I’ve pooped myself. I’m now giving myself a breather from it, before I go back and see her.
So, two questions (actually 3, but I’ll come on to that in a mo!):
Is this sort of constipation caused by a neurological problem? I know ms & peripheral neuropathy can cause constipation, but I imagine it being the ‘difficult to get it out’ type.
Any hints or tips on how to handle it naturally, if adding more fibre just makes it worse (bigger & no more frequent).
Third question is to do with my legs. My tendons at the front of my shins/ankles really hurt. I haven’t done any exercise except walking the dog. I’m fairly sure that it isn’t normal for this to just happen, but I don’t know if there is something else going on with me - I go through ankle rolling phases, and weak wrist phases but can’t figure out why. So,
- Has anyone else ever experienced phases where specific joints become weak, or tendons become irritated without reason and with no swelling?