Help me deal with the cramps while I wait to see the doc!
October 6, 2010 2:13 PM Subscribe
What can I do to treat and/or prevent severe constipation cramps?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total)
The kind where you have to grab your lower abdomen as tight as you can, scream and tense your muscles until you start to tremble, while simultaneously trying to kick your shoes off and find some running water because all of a sudden you can't stand how hot you're getting?
I suffer from IBS/constipation. Main symptoms are bloating, cramps and constipation. However, the cramps have never been this bad before. In the past, the worst cramps would just make me grab my desk and make my eyes bug out until they went away.
The gasping/screaming cramps started in August and lasted about a week, went away to be replaced by soft stools for a month and a half, then normal stools for a week, and now I'm back to the agony again. It likes to happen during or shortly after breakfast. I now eat a lighter breakfast. (I am making an appointment with a GI doc.)
I am very sensitive to fiber, and need to eat the same amount of fiber each day if possible, or else very gradually increase it. I am guessing my current problem is more fiber than I'm used to and not enough water combined with lack of sleep and too much unaccustomed exercise. Taking magnesium clogs me up. Small amounts of chocolate usually help. Stool softeners work a little too well, can't you get them in a children's dose?
My current therapy is walking, drinking water and eating fiber in smaller amounts at a time (not too much at one meal). I also usually take one half to one Fiber-con a day (doesn't cause gas). I have been doing this for a couple years.
Of course, I suspect certain things...Chrohn's without the diarrhea symptoms? (I am sensitive to a lot of foods.) Colon cancer? Mild gluten intolerance? Parasites? Giardia? or just my IBS getting worse?
I also want to know, do the same things that help muscle cramps help intestinal cramps?