This is inresponse to the parent with a severely constipated son. Been there, done that! Poor little boy! My 18 year old daughter had the same problem at that age. We took her to a pediatric gastologist. He explained that her intestine muscles were not strong enough to handle the increased amount of waste that was passing through the bowel. He said she was growing and eating more and the intestines were having difficulty handling it. He did two things: (1) He prescribed a daily regiment of a megadose of kondramill for a year. This medication enabled her to go to the bathroom every day even though it took the functioning away from the bowel. Therefore, the bowel just grows for a year even though it is doing very little work. This gives the The second thing he did was to prescribe therapy for her for that year. We were seen by a child psychologist. This is necessary because children of that age often get into will struggles with parents, and of course, they don't win. That leaves them nothing else to control other than their bathroom habits. It's called anal retension. A word of advice though, if you do go to the stomach doctor, try not to focus on the problem between now and when you go there. Good luck.