I know there are 500 million reasons at least that I should be and am grateful to them, and I am because they have given me a pretty nice version of life, but OH.MY.THE.STUPID.SIDE.EFFECTS.
As long time readers may recall, a major part of the decision to switch to the MAOI last year was that the dose I needed of imipramine which I was taking then caused constipation that was causing my doctor to mumble things about "colonoscopy prep" and "there's something the surgeons recommend that I can't remember but it works intensely and if nothing else works I'll find out for you" because the constipation was so severe and NOTHING was helping.
After switching to the MAOI I gradually was able to cut back my stool softener use until I needed nothing, which was impressive because I'd taken so much for so long that it seemed unlikely my body would work without. And then things snuck up on me. Summer came and because of my diabetes insididus it does not matter how much water I drink in the summer it doesn't prevent dehydration. I sort of forgot that. I literally lug a 30# cooler with me each and every day and 98% of it is water (and ice). I drink several gallons during the day and it's not enough to keep things running smoothly. And then the stress of Anne's birth and being sick compounded things and suddenly I realized that I haven't gained 7 lbs of fat lately, as evidenced by my belly which suddenly looks 5 months pregnant. So I started treating it this week. And nothing happened. So this weekend has involved some serious treatment and nothing has helped. I've had so much fiber in the last 24 hours (along with several types of medications) that my belly should be classified as a minor explosive. And still nothing. Interestingly I read today that severe constipation can cause UTIs by causing urinary retention, which I have. I'm now going to have to pay attention to if the retenion is always there or just when things aren't working. This though is about as bad as it has ever been. I'm actually praying for a restless night......anything can be endured to get this to stop.
If nothing else it has to stop or none of my pants are going to fit Monday........:)