I have had problems with my colon for the last 9 years. It started after the birth of my last child and the subsequent tubal ligation. At first I could not have a bowel movement without a laxative. I began to include more fiber in my diet, exercise more, and drink more water in an attempt to remedy the problem. I used a natural colon cleanse product for a year and a half. These attempts produced slight improvement. I began drinking prune juice every morning which helped. I then went through a series of colonics and enemas. There was a noticeable improvement, but still the problem exists. My symptoms now include: Constipation, gas and bloating, pressure on my rectum and lower back pain much of the time, forced stools with lower back spasms following.
I had a colonoscopy done 6 months ago and everything looked fine. My question is: Could my constipation be the result of nerve damage or hormonal imbalance, and if so, how would I go about determining the problem and a possible treatment? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you