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Can't go on my own - always use laxatives
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Can't go on my own - always use laxatives

How do I know if I have Colitis?  I am constipated every single day of my life, especially the last 10 - 11 years.  I have to take laxatives to go to the bathroom.  I cannot go on my own.  Well, I was able to there for awhile bc of my medication, but now that effect has wore off and I am back to laxatives.  Could there be a problem else where?  I mean if I do not take a laxative I could go 3 weeks w/o going.  When I mention to the doctors, they do not seem concerned, I don' t know if it is that they are concentrating on my other medical issues or what, but they have just said, "do you take a laxative" and when I say yes, they are like, "okay it is probably a good idea".  Could the constipation be due to something else, like a medical issue elsewhere in the body or just in the intestines?  Or is it normal for women?

My boyfriend thinks it is not healthy and unnatural and thinks they should be taking me seriously.  He said that is bad that I don't go and thinks it is something serious.  Seeing as though my constipation issue is worse now.  I eat the same as anyone and I don't eat a lot of junk foods.  I don't get it.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Hi,
Constipation can occur due to obstruction, certain medications,  certain metabolic, neurologic  and endocrine disorders.
A thorough evaluation has to be done which may include tests like colonoscopy and manometry.
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I forgot to mention that I am lactose intolerant and for the last few years, not even milk has done the trick.  I drink lots of water, too.
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Hi
I am the same way, can not go to the bathroom without laxative, and I can go 3 weeks without go # 2 if I don't take laxative, here at Cleveland Clinic I had a test done after 6 years of seeing doctors, and they did a lot tests and found out I have Sigmoidocele of second degree and also a rectocele, I just had my Rectocele Surgery 2 months ago and it seems nothing has improved, even though they said my surgery wass a success. Also I just had skin tag surgery 2 weeks ago and I still bleeding and also it looks like all my skin tags still there and one inside my anus  (flooping around).. Is it normal to still see all the skin tags around my anus on the outside or it is just swelle??? I had a good Dr.  recomended to me Dr. Wexner. So far I still constipated and they told me not to bother about the Segmoidocele 2o degree..
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