Today I first tried the squatting position...
by Leo Murray
(London, Ontario, Canada)
I have had bowel problems for about 3 years, starting with the use and overuse of the pain medication oxy codiene, and later, oxy coton.
When I used these medications, I had bowel problems. Eliminating waste was not too difficult; yet it was painful and came out in larger than normal amounts. This had continued for about a year.
Then I started using the medication methadone. And the problem became worse. Also around the same time, I was prescribed Risperadone which can also bring about constipation. So my problem got worse and worse.
Then my doctor prescribed Senokot and a stool softener. But it didn't really work. So he gave me lactulose. It worked for about a year and a half.
All this while, I had to strain and strained for my bowel movements. Sometimes it would pay off and I would get between a normal and a huge bowel movement.
The only problem was that sometimes the lactulose wouldn't penetrate all the way through (I had bad dietary habits at the time), and my fecal matter would create a blockage. This makes it extremely painful.
So I (stupidly) thought of and talked my doctor into giving me a suppository. It was a bad idea as I ended up using it when it wasn't necessary. My bowel just stopped working; all that came out was tiny pieces - about once a week
This continued for 3 weeks; finally, I got worried and went back to using senokot. It made me feel very sick but worked a little and got things moving a bit.
I then decided to change my diet, and for the past few days I wasn't eating anything but fiber cereal with water.
Then I stumbled upon this site today, and decided it made sense and -- despite comments from others about it being unsanitary and less than dignified -- decided to try it out.
I ate a meal, waited half hour and tried squatting. I notice this time that when I strain, I could feel more power almost to the point where I could maybe hurt myself.
I decided to try something else. I drank a warm cup of tea. Then I felt the feeling of having to go or at least the possibility of having to (I've gotten pretty good at this subtle feeling because of my bowel problems).
I tried the squatting position again, and felt something coming down the pipe, and then to my surprise, it came out with little or no difficulty.
I think my bowels may be setting themselves right, and like to thank you for your info on the squatting position. It has really helped me, and will help me in the future for sure.
I only wish I got turned on to it earlier.
I had sometimes used one leg up to get more power to push, but now I will squat from now on as I can feel the pressure and the power it lends.
I will make another story in a couple of weeks to tell anyone who is interested in how it is working.
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