Hello – I had an umbilical hernia repaired at age 5. I remember having constipation issues my entire life, and remember screaming whenever I had a bowel movement. My mother’s sister had a twisted intestine at age 22 and died during surgery while having it repaired. I am now 45 and still have major issues which include chronic constipation, bloating, gas, pain, fatigue, depression, and sometimes blood loss. Due to a previous lack of insurance and embarrassment, I have never been treated for these issues. Sometimes laxatives relieve the constipation, but not always. It seems that most everything I try stops working over time. Because it has been a lifelong problem it is my normal. Thank you for allowing me to share my story.