weeks without a poop
I haven't pooped in a few weeks. I was wondering how long can your poop stay inside of you without causing you health problems.
(Editor's note: actually, Shitaholic asked: "hi i havent pooped in a few weeks i was wonderin how long can ya poop stay in side of ya with out cousein u health problems tankz shitaholic." Kids these days!)
Poop is meant to be expelled from the body on a somewhat regular basis. Normal can range from 1-3 times per week to 1-3 times per day. Everybody is different to some degree, but regardless of what is considered "normal" for you, nobody can hold poop in the body for more than a week without developing potentially serious health problems.
The simple fact that you say you have not pooped in a couple of weeks indicates that you are already experiencing health problems, or have no concept of time. It is unhealthy to not poop.
If there is a blockage preventing the poop from exiting via the normal route, then there is a good chance that you could experience abdominal cramping, bloating, perforation of the bowel and fecal vomiting in the near future. There is more room out than in, and poop is destined to come out eventually.
Without knowing anything about your diet, I can only suggest that you make sure that you are getting plenty of fiber and drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. And you might consider getting a calendar so that you can keep track of how many days have actually passed.
I hope this information has been of some help to you, but if this problem persists you should definitely see a real doctor.
Motherload is Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.