IBS: What can I do about chronic constipation?


IBS-C and chronic constipation
If you are suffering from chronic constipation – you are really suffering! And traditional treatments may not be getting you far. So here is what you can do for your IBS-C instead.

The physical route to relieve chronic constipation

For many of you, you have already been the traditional physical route. And if you are reading this article, you probably didn’t find long-lasting answers there.

  • Chances are that your doctor has already prescribed a colonoscopy or similar to check there is no major physical cause to your chronic constipation. This is always a good starting point.
  • You may have found some relief from laxatives or suppositories. If you use these all the time, your body is likely to get used to this way of functioning. And they will work, until they don’t any more.

Have you explored these 7 natural alternatives?

  • Tried adding fibre, but you felt awful? Try consuming more foods containing INSOLUBLE FIBRE that are ALSO low Fodmap. Foods like bran are high-Fodmap, so you may well have difficulty digesting them for this reason. Check out this list instead and try a few!
  • A reasonable amount of moderate exercise keeps your bowels moving too. So make sure you know where the nearest toilet is.
  • Try this easy exercise while you’re waiting around at home and see if it helps you (it did me!).
  • A special mention for magnesium if you tend to be stressed.
  • Adding coconut oil to your diet is also said to improve the consistency of stools and ease their elimination.
  • As ever, reducing processed foods to a minimum and eating a nourishing diet is also champion.
  • Making sure you drink enough water (a glass an hour in hot weather is recommended),

Tried all of these and STILL nothing seems to work for your IBS and chronic constipation?IBS-C and chronic constipation

Maybe it’s time to consider other parts of you that are often ignored and how they can be influencing your IBS-C.

We are not just a body. Our mind, body and emotions and energy all interact with each other. And these interactions can get set into trigger loops.

How trigger loops set in

My particular specialisation is looking for the triggers behind IBS symptoms. The associations the mind makes between an event, a feeling and an impression that can wire reactions and unwanted behavior patterns that we just can’t seem to shake.

We interact with the world via our 5 senses. Based on our beliefs and our previous experiences, our mind interprets and labels each event. We will have an emotional reaction, a physical reaction and an energetic one too. And resulting behaviour.

When we have reactions and don’t express them emotionally, physically or energetically, over time they become lodged in the body. This can include events back from childhood that we were not allowed to express, or even stress situations you are having at work or at home on a regular basis.

They can turn into neuro-muscular spasms and trigger patterns that start interfering with normal body function and the natural circulation of energy in the body. In this article I presented a relationship between chronic constipation, pain and diarrhea.
learning reactions to stress

A trigger loop in action

Back when I had IBS-C, I was actually “lucky” enough to see a trigger loop establish itself. I was using paint stripper and paint while fuming about not having been accepted for a marketing job – again and feeling excluded from the job market in France in anything other than a teaching role. While I was painting over the space of several my brain set a negative association between the products I was using and the deep emotions I was feeling. I was fuming inside but not letting that feeling out, trying to control it and keep it in – as I learned to do from a very early age.

The result: I became intolerant to fresh paint, but also perfume, nail varnish and air fresheners.

I had unconsciously wired in that association and behavior pattern. And because any of these products would set of a major IBS flare-up, make me bloat up, vomit and give me migraines within a short space of time, I went around in a state of fear, trying to avoid them. And this reinforced the trigger loop.

Undoing this was hard – but possible. But to do so I had to understand what was going on. And seek outside help.

If you suffer with IBS-C with chronic constipation, ask yourself this:

If you have looked into all the potential physical causes, could there be associations and triggers from the past that are causing IBS and chronic constipation?

Are you aware of triggers of your IBS-C symptoms? Can you relate current triggers to any past situations that marked your life?

In the case of chronic constipation, these triggers may well be past situations in which you learned to hold back. This might be through fear of others, of yourself, or to defy authority. 

Some of those triggers may be so familiar to you that you cannot see them.  If you have been living with them as the norm for so long, they may be in your blindspot.

So you may need some help finding them. From a trusted friend, a family member, or from me. And releasing them.