Constipation by Doug Morgan
My name is Doug Morgan and I am 36 years old. I have irritable bowel syndrome, with constipation as the main problem. I know exactly how this condition happened. I did it to myself. I went through a divorce a few years ago, and the stress and worry seemed to have manifested in a physical problem.. I believe my sympathetic nervous system never shut down, and my digestion was never able to kick in with the parasympathetic system. (I’m no expert, but when I try to figure out what happened, this is my best guess) Now I’m stuck with chronic constipation that is on my mind from morning to night. I read another person’s comments about constipation and it is so true--, it’s hard to focus and study any more. I had become obsessed and was starting to feel that I had no hope. I had smoked marijuana in high school occasionally, but after going into the Navy at 18, I stopped completely.
It became a cycle. The more constipated I became, the more stressed and than the more stressed, the more constipated. Then I took up smoking marijuana again. It provides me with such relief that sometimes I literally cry when I get high, I feel so much better. My stomach relaxes and I think also my bowel. I also have a theory that perhaps why we get the ‘munchies’ and why marijuana helps the ‘wasting syndrome’ is that it helps move food through the stomach by relaxing the digestive system. I did belong to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (I.F.F.G.D). They were sending me literature on the care and maintenance of I.B.S., but when I wrote them and told them about my marijuana experience, I never heard from them again.
I know this forum is different. I was prompted to write this after reading about other individuals suffering from intestinal/digestive disorders. Hopefully this will help others as it as helped me. Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts.