Our expert says:
If you have normal stools that are generally soft (even with the occasional harder stool) and you pass them every few days then you are not constipated! One factor we have not yet considered is stress and your anxiety about your bowel movements can in fact cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which would make you feel bloated and produce gas. It may be a good idea to have a medical checkup to see if you are suffering from IBS and to obtain some treatment for the condition. The colon (dikderm) only loses its normal function if you abuse laxatives, so be careful not to overdo your laxative use and if you do insist on using a laxative then stick to Fybogel as I said before. Doing relaxing exercises and deep breathing can help your relax and improve the symptoms of IBS.
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