This same problem happened to me last year, and persisted for about a week before it disappeared. Currently, this problem has been on going for 4 days now.
Imo, there seems to be some kind of blockage in my intestine or stomach b/c whenever I eat or drink something, even very little, my stomach gets very full and bloated. I haven't taken a soild poop in a few days, its just liquidy or a very skinny poop, loosely clumped together and mucousy; not a big regular one like i'm used to. From looking at my poop (very light in color) it looks like my food is not getting properly digested. My lower abdomen gets very bloated and full of gas. My lower back started hurting me b/c of this bloating. I have very smelly gas as well.
I am a very healthy person and gets plenty of fiber and drink lots of water and usually go to the bathroom 3 times per day on a regular basis. This all started happening after a night that I got really drunk and the next day I didn't go to the bathroom or eat much.
I have been taking a psyllium husk supplement to try to flush out whatever is in there, but I there is still something wrong. I just filled clogged up, not constipated, but clogged up in my intestine or something. I also resorted to giving myself an enema but this did nothing besides flush some poop out.
What is wrong with me?? Your help is extremely appreciated. I am happy to answer any of your questions. I am an avid body builder and this is inhibiting me from my proper diet. Thanks!!
There are several things that this can be and none of them very good.
Your best bet is to go to a doc and let him do some tests. Most of the things you have already tried should have made a difference. Because it never did, you better get professional help.
I experienced the same problem as you. I have been all over the internet as well as relying on my own knowledge of microbes. The consensus seems to be that it's gallstones. The light-coloured feces is the thing that makes this seem like it's not related to anything microbial. The internet sites recommend apple juice because of the malic acid and some say to get a hold of phosphoric acid. I decided to try grapefruit and grapefruit juice to soften the stones, then eat something fatty to stimulate the production of bile. So far, I've felt a big improvement. It's not perfect, but it's better than having 2 sips of water and feeling like it's sitting in my throat. Your other symptoms match what I've read about gallstones as well. Maybe you can find relief in grapefruit (which is a good acid - it's pH is 3.0 -3.3) and then eat cheese to stimulate bile production.
I'm not a body builder, but I workout regularly, I have had the exact same symptoms as you. I can't confirm that these symptoms arose due to a night of binge drinking, although I have had a few of those. I have the gas (although it is not always foul smelling) and the distended lower abdomen. I have also noticed what appears to be undigested foodstuffs in my stool, particularly grapefruit which I eat everyday. I also take a protein supplement which mixes with water.
I told my doctor of my symptoms and he said that it was probably hemmoroids, which it wasn't, for the simple fact that I have never had them. I didn't hurt to have a bm, it felt like I was pushing my stool through a penne pasta maker. The symptoms persisted and my doctor said that sometimes there is an involuntary tightening of the inner anal sphincter, which would restrict the size of the stool.
This seemed feasible except I have had movements of what would be a relatively regular shaped and sized 'log', however it consists of a continuous pencil thin stool folded in upon itself, which would suggest to me that the restriction occurs before the anal sphincters. The diameter of the my stool, when solid, varies from pencil thin to about an inch, and is never completed round.
I had an analoscopy, (not as deep as a colonoscopy) and it revealed nothing. I also experience constant fatigue. As for the undigested foodstuffs, for about a year I took digestive enzymes and that seemed to lessen the occurence, although I have since stopped because I am afraid that they may be masking an underlying problem. The bloating and stool restriction never stopped during the time I was on digestive enzymes, although I did seem to have a bit more energy while taking them.
If you have learned anything from your doctor visits, please let me know.
I am having the exact same symptoms for a week, have had it before, did not drink alcohol, am a body builder, and do drink protein powder once a day. Nothing in my diet has changed. My urinary tract also seems restricted. EXACT same symptoms as described above. Female here.
I have suffered similarly over the last 11 months. Symptoms are almost identical. A blockage or a twisted bowel or ??? is the my best guess, but...
I have tried a cleanse, high volume water intake, a short fast. Symptons have not subsided and are about the same.
Did any of you have luck in correcting this problem, and if so what was it
That happens to me quite often. I have irritable bowel syndrome. I started taking a fiber supplement every morning and avoiding certain things (in your case, alcohol would what you should avoid) and it got much much easier.
I have found relief to my symptoms. I started taking a bacterium culture containing Acidophilus and a few other Probiotics. I don't eat dairy which is a common source of good bacterium that helps in proper digestion and I found within a week or so my bloating subsided and my BMs were more regular and normal in appearance (little or no undigested foodstuffs). I learned that after a course of antibiotics the good bacteria in your digestive system is indiscriminantly destroyed which can lead to bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrea, and lowered immune system. Give it a try, mcpaulyb, it may help.
Great to hear you are finding relief. Have you considered sourcing a naturopath? A naturopath has helped me with my eating and we have come up with solutions about my digestive issues. I also incorporate a cleansing program once or 2x a year. That has helped as well. I also take a great fiber powder each day from drnatura that helps maintain regular movements and consistency.
I have had the same sort of thing for the last month or so. Feeling like I was pushing through a pasta maker, and all stool being small, and thin. It is accompanied by fatigue and just general depression (which i guess perpetuates it). At the time, I thought it was because I had a urinary tract infection..and then later, because I was on antibiotics for the infection, I thought this semi-diahhrea was continuing because of the medication. I am now off the antibiotics since last friday, it appears slowly to be getting better, in that I dont feel as fatigued. After taking a Motilium for the tender, bloated stomach last week, I am able to feel my stomach muscles. However, I was thinking it could be something like lazy colon, or else colonic inertia, where the intestine is just not forming the stool properly. Another thing that I am going to look into is whether for some reason, I have poor absorption of nutrients/vitamins from food, which could explain the stools. Good luck with it. I find a combined soluble and insoluble fibre supplements like Super F as well as intenstinal flora supplements like Udo's Super 8 to help with the regularly, the sensation of BM and also with the bloating and gas.
[quote="smaro8015"]I have had the same sort of thing for the last month or so. Feeling like I was pushing through a pasta maker, and all stool being small, and thin. It is accompanied by fatigue and just general depression (which i guess perpetuates it). At the time, I thought it was because I had a urinary tract infection..and then later, because I was on antibiotics for the infection, I thought this semi-diahhrea was continuing because of the medication. I am now off the antibiotics since last friday, it appears slowly to be getting better, in that I dont feel as fatigued. quote]
Just want to let you know if you are not aware that antibiotics can cause constipation so that may be the problem. I would definately consider doing a cleansing program if I were in your situation. It would definately help get things moving and get your body on the right track. I would also consider getting some advice from a naturopath you may be correct in saying you need some other vitamins. I hope you find relief, keep us posted on your progress.
I was quite constipated the last two months that to go, i had to take laxatives that made me also loose some weight. i'm not overweight but when i suffered constipation i hardly could eat that i would feel bloated and gassy...I went through many tests and my body is full of Iv and blood tests, stains (patches when they inject your skin) I had colonoscopy, TVU and ca125 (im female), Calcium test, several x-rays, Smear test, breast exams etc..etc.., it was then when i was scheduled for a gastroscopy and upper gi series, that i drank a lot of water and immediately the problem was solved, the doctor also said that i don't need further tests because nothing is there, and diagnosed me with IBS, now i am going, i think drinking water was what solved my problem as im a person who usualy ignore drinking water and used to think it is not necessarily but i was wrong because over time not drinking water got me constipated..so people must drink a lot of water...try to avoid laxatives if possible. BTW the clean prep is really terrible yuk!
I work from home and probably dont eat as well as I should, microwave meals, skipped meals, rushed meals - ocaisionally I suffer from digestive problems (will spare you the gory details).
I did some research into probiotics etc. - I guess we have all seen those adverts for dairy based products with `good bacteria`in them but some people find those types of foods upset their digestion even more.
I use it to keep my digestive system in good health and am trying hard to eat decent food...I wanted to share this discovery because it works very well for me and seems to work for other people with more serious digestive problems.
If anyone else has used this I would really like to know.
I decided to change my eating habits like a month ago. I cut out Soft Drinks and White Carbs and incorporated more Fruits and Veggies. I got a massive case of loose bowels. I slowed down on all the extra fiber and now I feel constipated. I used a suppository laxative and it made it better for a day. Then I had loose bowels again for a day. Now I feel constipated again, I also have the feeling of pushing my bowels through a pasta maker as everyone else says. I drink a moderate amount of water daily. I have tried Apple Juice and other sources of natural fiber. I am at my wits end and need relief. Has anyone else had this problem?
If you eat nuts - peanuts, coconuts, almonds etc.. will cause you pain when pooping because of an allergic reaction,,, if you don't eat nuts you should go to a doctor asap because it can be and i hate to scare you but rectal or colon cancer...
I have had many similar symptoms...weeks without bm, straining to do so with the use if stool softeners and laxatives. My abdomen is distended and I have gained 13 ponds in the last week. I have gained a total of 16 ponds since this started about a month ago. I eat healthy, drink water, etc. what could it be?
I just had fibroids removed from my uterus, could that have caused this? because I'm still experiencing the same symptoms.
i just got this same problem, after a night of drinking alot of vodka the next day my stomach started hurting and a became bloated & gassy. The stomach hurt i think is just there too much trapped gas in my stomach and intestines. I don't know whether its the drinking that caused it or just not eating or drinking enough water the next day. i'm not sure what to do about that.
But i have had stomach problems(probably IBS) for years now. Heres some stuff that have helped me.
1st, drinking 1 table spoon of virgin olive oil each day, this helped me with the gassy fart sounds in my bowel(very embarasing in class). This only worked for me for like 2 months but you should still try it. It might help the gas flow through your intestines better.
2nd, the next time you gotta poop and you really want to cuse your stomach is hurting, don't poop, hold it in. The best way to hold it in is too try to sleep or smoke some marijuana(i'm not kidding, it helped me hold poops in, i think pooping to frequently messes up your digestion).
3rd, go on a fast, i got my wisdom teeth taken out a few months ago, when i got back from the oral surgeon all i did that day was sleep, eat some activa yogurt, pudding, some water, and a just a small amount of solids that night. The next day i didn't eat much again, just some yogurt/pudding, eggs. I been keeping this trend going for a few weeks(gradually starting to eat more solids but in much smaller portions than i used to) and my IBS was practically gone(though i have lost about 15 lbs). My poops were nicer, my bowels stopped making gassy noises after poops, no bloating or stomach pain after eating, and i didn't even have alot of stomach problems(usually diahrea) if i didn't eat for a few hours of being hungry. Come to think of it, my IBS symptoms started to return slowly after i started eating fast food again and got totally screwed up after that night of drinking. but it doesn't make sense that drinking is the cause because i've drank many time before and this didn't happen.
To sum up, I've had the best results with fasting, try fasting, it was probably easier for me since i was on painkillers at the time so i was sleeping alot and my jaw was in alot of pain so i didn't eat alot of solid food initially. I understand you might not like this idea cuse you're a body builder but just try it and if it works you can get back to your regular diet/life.
Btw mcpaulyb, your post was back in '05, can you give us an update?
AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING more then normal, I had uneasy sleep. I woke up and my stomach felt like their was a lot of air in it, I guess that is being called bloated?? Anyways, my body temperature wasn't stable at all, and I felt like I needed to puke. I hate puking so, I took a bath and went on with my day, thinking it was a major hangover. That night, I again found it hard to sleep, whereas my body was really sensitive. The next day, the my body felt better, but I couldn't stop POOPING the RUNS, my poop was orange and I notice some un-digested food in my runny poop. I have had no appetite, though I have forced myself to eat thinking I could solidify my poop. So far no luck. I really need help, it stings!!
I also am really tired. I don't get it, I've been sleeping all day
Oh my. What a bunch of whiners! I''ve had to deal with these issuse for about 55 years now. There is no cure, only periods of relatively greater or reduced symptoms to your "norm". I''ve tried every approch mentioned here and many more, seen doctors and specialists since I was 6 years old and taken all forms of drugs and elixers suggested or perscribed. I''m convinced that the only remaining option for me is to return to the primitive, where we had to run and hunt or climb and pick our food. IBS is a curse that is brought on largely by the "advanced" society it prevents us from enjoying. If you only have it as a result of drinking, stop drinking! If you only have it for a few days or weeks, count your blessings!
I came on here and found a lot of comfort in hearing that I had the same problems as many of the folks on here. I am not a binge drinker or over eater, just been having some bowel issue for quite a while, which concerned and scared me. I did finally get to the doctor and started the preliminary testing to get to the root of the problem. Furthermore, I do not think that you calling people on here whiners is even acceptable. I mean, you are entitled to your opinion, but for some of us, it is a scary thing and came here for a little comfort to see we are not alone. Just because you have put up with it for 55 years or so, does not mean that we have to roll over and surrender to the dreaded bowel problems. I hope I and all of the others on here get well soon and don't have to endure the "crap" (no pun intended) for 55 more years!