A guy I used to work with (age- 32, probably below average in healthy lifestyle) told me he hasn't been feeling well because he hasn't had a bowel movement in about 40 days. I asked him if he had seen a doctor about it; of course he said "no". He didn't seem to understand just how serious something like this can be. As far as I know, he is not a drug user, he does drink pretty heavily, and he absolutely lives off of pizza and microwavable bullshit. He never drinks water; only soda, beer, and "iced tea".
He tried to handle it himself by taking various laxatives, stool softeners, and fiber supplements over the weeks. Nothing helped him. My advice was "stop drinking that bullshit and drink ONLY water, and lots of it, and go to the damned doctor immediately". He didn't heed the advice to see a doctor.
I had learned about this a few weeks ago. I spoke to the guy's brother today- he had woken up in the early hours screaming in agony from a pain in his abdomen. He said he was having trouble breathing and that his vision was blurry, so he was hospitalized. After running some tests, they discovered a baseball sized lump of fecal matter had impacted somewhere in his intestines, and it appears to have caused a rupture, and now that fecal matter is leaking into the body cavity.
I wanted to share this story with Voat as a reminder- if you don't shit every day at least once, you need to make some changes. The thought of your own shit spilling into your torso is pretty fucked up, so don't let it get to that point. Don't be like my dumbass friend- if you feel like there is something wrong, GO TO A DOCTOR. Only you know your body, and when it comes down to it, your body is all you have in this life. Take care of it, please- we lose enough White people to dumb lifestyle decisions every day.