I’m off to the doctor in 20 minutes. I’m curious as to what you guys think the issue might be, though.
A little background. I’m 34 years old, eat a low-carb paleo diet consisting mostly of grass-fed beef, pastured pork, eggs, nuts, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. I occasionally eat fruits such as berries or cherries. I generally do not eat grains, drink alcohol, eat sugars other than those found in fruit, or eat dairy, although one divergence last week may play into this. I am overweight but not obese and I exercise 5-6 times a week, either body-weight calisthenics, a kettlebell workout, or Couch to 5K. I take a nightly magnesium supplement but no other meds.
I went to strict paleo from a Primal diet (basically paleo plus dairy) in early June. I ate a completely clean diet for three weeks–nothing I hadn’t cooked myself. My bowel function, which was normally constipation, regulated itself. Then our power went out for six days and I had to eat out a bit. On the 4th of July, after five days of living with my in-laws, I drank a few hard ciders and had a meal at a Brazilian steakhouse, where I had one pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puff made with tapioca flour). My body repaid me with three days of constipation.
Sunday night I felt like I had to poop all night but couldn’t. Monday morning I woke up with diarrhea. I took an Imodium so I could make it to work. I have not had a solid bowel movement since. I feel like I have to go pretty much constantly, but usually when I try, nothing comes out. It’s worse in the morning and evenings. Nobody else in my household is having this problem, and we’re all eating pretty much the same things.
What do you think the doc will tell me?