I have always had a problem getting rid of my poo. I don't remember it ever being anything other than difficult. My dad tells me that I had this problem from when I was a baby.

I can remember being at school and class mates asking what the smell was and where it was coming from - it was me, I had pooed in my pants without knowing it had happened.

When I was younger, my mum or dad would get called to the school to clean me up, and I would have to sit on my own in my smelly pants to wait for one of them to arrive.

I took laxatives which would sometimes make things worse and give me the runs. When the runs stopped, I would be ok for a few days then it would start again.

As I got older, I got better at holding my poo in when I was at school or out anywhere. I never liked sports as moving around too much made it difficult to stop the accidents. I realise I missed out on a lot.

About a year ago, I went to see a new doctor who prescribed me a laxative called Movicol and explained to me that I had to take several sachets a day to begin with in order to get my bowel cleared out and then to continue to take a lower dose every day to keep the poo moving through my bowel.

The doctor also said that I needed to sit on the loo after a meal, or after exercise, for a few minutes as my bowel would be stimulated by having eaten or done some exercise and, with time, would start to empty about the same time every day.

As it was school holidays, I was able to do this quite easily and it really has made a difference. I don't always go every day but at least every other day and it's much easier. Because I usually go at the same time on the days I do go, it means I've been able to do a lot more with my time and with friends. Life is much better now.

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