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Digestive issues, bathroom straining, etc
An_201494 posted:
This may be a bit "TMI" but I have concerns.
I have been having digestive issues for several months now, it doesn't seem incredibly serious (doesn't seem to affect any other parts of my life/health) but is persistent and as such worrying. It started out mostly as constipation, which is still the case to some extent. I have a lot of trouble passing bowel movements, which recently have been somewhat soft but still large-ish pieces that stay together, though not solid lumps like a regular stool (though, in the same period, I have had these "normal" looking stools, with the same difficulty). It almost always feels as if I have to go to the bathroom, but I very rarely am able to actually go. I should say, rarely in terms of how often I feel I have to go--I still manage to go about once a day, two or three at the most, though I often really have to strain.

In addition, I frequently see foods in my stool, like beans, grapefruit, even sometimes leafy greens or tomato. I'm a vegetarian, I should maybe add.

It feels like the bowel movement is stuck just before an opening that, if it passed through, would allow it to come right out, but I can't get it to move past. I have taken to using coffee to regulate my bowel movements, and this normally produces a BM pretty quickly, though it seems like the effectiveness has been lessened with extended use.

I went to the doctor a few months ago and he told me that my bowel sounds and etc were all normal and everything should be fine within a few weeks, but I have not felt much better at all, so I am hoping I can get some advice without having to go back, if it's not necessary.
alvarado10 responded:
You should see your doctor again or a GI doctor for possibly IBS or low stomach acid. Drink lots of water and eat high in fiber.

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