Question from Ken of Virginia, USA: My mother had surgery to remove colon polyps (about 12-18? of colon removed). This occurred about 3 weeks ago, and she has recovered as expected from the surgery. However, there has been a continuation of severe gas pains and diarrhea ever since.
Painful Bowel and Constipation
I have tried stool softeners, laxatives and other measures, but still having painful difficult bowel movements. There has been no recent changes in my diet.
The sudden onset of constipation…
I all of a sudden got very constipated, But when I tried to take a laxative that did not help. I felt like I had a very hard stomach ache.
I occasionally have a problem with constipation, and fortunately it usually clears up by itself. But if I ever should need to take something for it, what should I take? I’ve noticed all kinds of laxatives, stool softeners and other treatments for constipation at the drug store, but I’m not sure what works best.
Answer: Mucous is produced by certain cells lining the gastrointestinal tract. It has both a lubricating and protective effect. Therefore, the passage of mucous is not in of itself an abnormal finding.
I had a problem with constipation
Because I’m trying to lose some weight, I’m careful about what I eat. When I was young, I had a problem with constipation.