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No bowl movements for a week, is this a sign of a serious health problem and is there a way to correct this problem myself?

Posted by Joram108

Hello... I haven't had any bowl movements or deficated for a week. This has been a recurring problem for the past few weeks now. I took 2 gelcaps of stool softners 2 days ago and have not produced a single bowl movement.

 When this problem began I took maximum strength ex-lax and I think my body became immune to it after a week. The stool became extremely hard to pass, then I used stool softeners which worked the first time I used it, then the second time it didn't work. I've been eating regularly, including fruits and vegetables in my diet including prune juice. I've also been using Metamucil and nothing seem to be working to produce a bowl movement.

 Is this a sign of a serious health problem? If there's anything I can do to correct this myself, please tell me.

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Irregularity is usually associated with the lack of fiber in the diet.

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Psyllium husk fiber has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to reduce both total cholesterol and LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol. It also helps promote regularity and it helps collect and sweep away toxins for a healthier digestive tract. Melaleuca is the only company that offers the proprietary blend of psyllium husk, herbs, vitamins, and antioxidants found in FiberWise. You can’t find it anywhere else!

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  • Licorice root—helps Calm the stomach
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It would be best to be checked out by a medical professional for this! Since you have tried all of the options that I personally know of, there could be an underlying problem.
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