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Constipation as mind body symptom

Constipation as mind body symptom

by Ann FitzGerald -
Number of replies: 3

Hello.  In addition to my 24-hr a day pain in my back/neck for the past 17 years, I have infrequent bowel movements with hard, lumpy stools (sorry to be so graphic).  I was also bloated a lot until recently when I received some Bowen treatments and began taking some really good probiotics and digestive enzymes.  But my stools continue to be a problem and sometimes I go 5-7 days between movements.  Just like my pain, this problem has started to improve with different treatments but then always defaults to the original habit.  I would like to approach this the same way I am approaching the pain, but the problem is that it causes no discernible symptoms other than at the time of the bm.  But I know that all the time, my colon is contracting irregularly creating the lumpy stools.  Do you have any suggestions as to how to handle this?

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Re: Constipation as mind body symptom

by Howard Schubiner -

Yes, it's seems silly  to talk to your colon.  However, the approach to your constipation is the same as for pain.  As you relax your mind and the fear gets better, so will the constipation.  Do the usual things recommended for constipation and follow the program. 

Let us know how it goes and feel free to ask other questions.

Best, Howard

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Re: Constipation as mind body symptom

by Frank Barr -

Hi Howard,

What if the subject experiencing sever constipation is only 9?  Dr's have found nothing wrong with her and she has been severely constipated for 6 months.  She is extremely type A, and people pleaser.  Takes her sports extremely seriously and is disappointed to come in second place.  She had stomach pains in the month before this that the ER dr said were "functional pains," implying they were stress related.  She has also suffered from Asthma in the past. 

Thanks for your help.

Frank

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Re: Constipation as mind body symptom

by Illeana Fernandes -

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