Doctors in Australia have intervened following a guy became constipated he was given migraines in one by his matter.
A 53-year-old took himself into the emergency room with abdominal pain that had been building for three days, nausea and swelling. Alarmingly, he experienced pain. The leg had no real pulse and was cold to the touch, the doctors write in the BMJ Case Report.
His medical history revealed no risk of coronary disease no drug taking and no substantial history to speak of. He turns out just really had to poop. (Oh yeah, turns out you have likely been doing it wrong your whole life)
A rectal examination revealed that the guy had impacted stools. A scan of his abdomen revealed he was suffering from massive fecal compaction and possibly life-threatening abdominal compartment syndrome (increased pressure from the abdomen).
The scan revealed so backed up that his matter had become, his gut and put pressure had bloated . This pressure resulted in the pain in the paralysis, in addition to his leg.
Because of the seriousness of his case (he was also showing signs of renal impairment and metabolic acidosis — in which the kidneys stop removing as much acid in the body) he was taken to surgery immediately to remove the backlog of fecal matter and alleviate his abdominal pressure.
“Significant faecal disimpaction was performed manually under general anaesthesia with roughly 2 Liters of faeces eliminated,” the group write in the event report. Yes, that means what you think it means.
He had been given constipation relief after the number of feces was eliminated. He managed to leave the intensive care unit, before he had been able to walk 27, though it took him.
The doctors were unsure of the reason for his build-up.
Constipation with this scale could be incredibly dangerous. In 2015 a teenaged girl using a spoonful of bathrooms died after holding at a bowel movement for eight months. The build-up directed to her chest getting compacted and she died of a heart attack.
So if you’re having trouble you should contact your doctor, and under no circumstances should you hold in it.