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not able to have a bowel movement without an enema or senna
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not able to have a bowel movement without an enema or senna

I have had bowel problems since April 2007. I could not have a bowel movement when I had my period. After much research on my part, I realized I had Endometriosis & had a laporoscopy done on May 22, 2008. After all the endometriosis was all cleared out, a week later I went regular formed bowel movements everyday for a week. Then I got my period & I went right back to not having any bowel movements. I only went once a week with an enema. I got a supracervical hysterectomy on Dec. 12th, 2008. I no longer got my period but I still wasn't having an bowel movements.

Since then I haven't had a regular bowel movement & can not go own my own without an enema or by taking senna before bed. I would love to wait a few days to see if I could have a normal bowel movement but I can't because at some point during the day if I haven't had a bowel movement I get a huge gas pain or something like it that is so painful I can't eat dinner. I have gone without eating dinner thinking the pain will go away by the time I wake up & maybe I will be able to go another day without using an enema or senna But when I wake up my lower abdomen is so hard & I know there is stool there that needs to come out. If I try to eat I get pain in my lower abdomen & the cycle continues.

Is there anyone that has experienced this? & if yes how did you get out of the cycle?
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Welcome to the gastroenterology community!  Have you seen a GI doctor about this?  Have you had any testing done?  What other things have you tried to have a bowel movement (fiber, other laxatives, etc.)?
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You might want to try probiotics.  It is the good bacteria that is in yogurt and other cultured foods.  Activia has probiotics but you can buy probiotics in capsules from your health food store.  Just get the ones in the refrigerated section.  It has many, many health benefits but for you it will probably give you the required bacteria to digest your food.  You may have lost the bacteria when you took antibiotics.  I take one every morning and it helps get me moving.
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