so i realize taking laxatives is bad, but how long does it take to really do a lot of damage?
and what considers you a laxative abuser?
naw im not using them for weight loss..i just dont like having food or anything in my body..which is bad i know
so i am just wondering, would 100 laxatives kill my colon, not all at once of course, but over a month or so..?
If you take laxs too often your body will become dependant on them and then you really have problems, you could easily cause yourself to develop IBS which could stay with you forever.
Better idea is eat loads fibre, it pushes the food through your body like a natural lax but will actually make you feel fuller so you eat less crap. Fibre rich foods are also often low in fat and are healthy.
That many laxatives spread out over a month is very likely to make you dependent on them. You will need more and more to get the same effect, and it would be very hard to come off it since your colon will not be used to having to do the work itself.
Don't mess with a perfectly normal biological function. Your body is precious. What would you have if you ruined your health?
Damage can occur almost immediately. This article is a "MUST READ"
100 doses of a laxative, over a month's time, is 3 times a day! The damage would be catastrophic. overuse of laxatives can cause fecal incontinance, or the inability to hold it until you can get to the toilet. The sphincter muscles are weakened.
If you have a mental problem (as you have described,) you need to get into therapy. These feelings are not normal. They can be indications of eating disorders.
in summer, around the end of july i'd already had anorexia problems but when my boyfriend of 3 months dumped me i really went weight-loss-crazy and took a full bottle of laxatives over a 1.5 week period. i was at my mom's boyfriend's cottage and i'd binge, purge, take 20 metamucils all at once and.. you know, and when i got home, i was 3 lbs lighter. and believe me, that ego boost did more harm than good.
after the bottle was gone i snuck to the store and bought some liquid laxatives, but the taste was so awful i took it and instantly vomited my guts out. then i took all my mother's fiber pills, and now she hides them.
I've felt the very same way. I take laxatives to feel empty and clean. The temporary weight loss, (I underline that because it's just fluid lost and comes back within a day or two, sometimes with extra fluid - bloating, swelling, etc.), is something you must convince yourself is not worth the discomfort and inconvenience. As for feeling empty and clean; seriously, is crapping all day long clean? I think not.
I still struggle with the laxative problem. I worry about my bowels never being able to work without them. I worry about them collapsing, becoming spasmodic, or even losing control of them eventually.
I have a nutritionist, a therapist, and a psychiatrist. I've been in treatment and talk about what the behavior represents for me, what I'm trying to rid myself of; feelings, emotions, memories, whatever. If you don't have access to these services, journal or write about what it is you must rid yourself of. Do you not deserve to have and keep food? Do you feel you need to punish yourself? What are you trying to say with this behavior?
Laxative abuse is a form of purging, a method of bulimia. Please seek help.
actually, i am seeing a nutritionist and a phyciatrist
but i dont really think it is helping. plus the doctors dont really try and help me it seems..i dunno
i went through a whole laxative stage before so my mom hid all her fiber pills from me and what not but now i moved and i live with my dad and stepmom and they are both clueless to laxative abuse..
but i am happy to say i havent used them in 2 days because a few days ago, i literally thought i was dying
i know it is temporary weight loss, but for some reason i just cant stop using
and i am not mental.
Before doctors can help you, you have to cooperate and follow instructions. If you are unwilling to do that, then there is nothing anyone can do for you.
Please accept the help you have available to you.
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