Hello there I am a young male 33 years of age - I have had chronic constipation from a young age - It use to vary any where from 4 to 7 days without a bowel movement. A year and a half ago I started taking laxatives. In particular Dulcolax tablets. I started on 2 tablets every 4-5 days, and then dropped it down to 1 every 3-4 days. And this became a regular schedule for me for the last year and a half. I made the decision to get off the laxatives last month, as I read that they can cause other more serious problems if taken long term (heart problems / palpitations etc, and yes they can). Now that I am off the stimulant laxatives I have no movement at all when sitting on the toilet and I have to push very very hard just to get things moving - The thing is the stool doesn't come out hard, and it doesn't hurt even if it is just a small thin stool, but It is very hard for me to actually start the process of moving the stool in the 1st place, and I am straining a hell of a lot whilst pushing. I think this is due to the over abusing of the laxatives and now my colon is lazy with hardly any peristalsis motility. I had a colonoscopy 2 days ago, and they said everything was fine... I drink lots of water almost 2litres per day, and are fairly fit for my age and height. I would love any information guidance help on the matter: Is there anything I can take (natural) to get my intestinal muscles working again? I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my problem.
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