Long time no poop:
July 16, 2013 3:23 PM Subscribe
I'm recovering from food poisoning. It's been a week now without a "proper" bowel movement. I feel mostly OK otherwise. How long is too long? GI and minipoop details inside.
posted by mattu to Health & Fitness (21 answers total)
I got a nasty case of food poisoning a week ago. I'm back on my feet again, but I haven't properly pooped since then.
I've had a couple of little poops. They weren't painful or unusually hard. Just wasn't much to them, and kind of an odd sickly color (which didn't really surprise me).
Most days I've been eating light, sometimes just a smoothie or yogurt as a meal, but for a couple of days and for random meals I went ahead and ate normally. After a week, I think there's quite a bit that needs to come out.
Most of the time I feel pretty much normal. When I ate a normal meal I'd feel more full than usual, and it seems to take longer than usual to stop feeling full. However, I don't feel constipated, I'm not in any pain (*) or otherwise feeling ill.
My wife thinks, and I am inclined to agree, that the machinery down there got disrupted and it will recover on its own in time. I don't want to go mucking around with laxatives or other strong interventions unless it's really necessary. Since I'm not experiencing any other alarming symptoms I'm inclined to let it play out a while longer. But maybe this is an error. What does MeFi think?
(*) I did have an gastric ulcer attack last night that was pretty miserable. That's a whole nother story and I don't think it has anything to do with my lack of bowel movement, but I mention it for completeness.