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Causes of difficult bowel movement , constipation, sulfur gas ?

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Why do I have a very difficult time having a bowel movement. Some times I am having abowel movement once a week. I constantly feel like I have 50lbs of junk in my stomach. I have tried fiber pills, and all the other good stuff with little results. Instead of having a bowel movement, I have realy bad gas. The gas that I pass always smells like sulfur.

IWhy am I experiencing this problem and any advice would be great

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replied December 3rd, 2007
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A3377
According to your description you are probably experiencing constipation. It seems obvious that after several days without any bowel movement larger amount of gases will be collected in the large intestines. Those gases are the result of bacterial metabolism in the large intestines. Sulfurous or a sulfur-like smell is in fact smell of H2S-gas that originates from amino-acids metabolized by the intestinal bacteria.

Constipation is only a symptom, not a disease. If there aren't any organic reasons present for the constipation, such as tumors, it could be symptom of a functional disorder called "Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)". Constipation is treated with a fiber diet (food that contains a lot of cellulose fibers), paraffin liquid, ricinus oil, alcalax…

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