A man in England is refusing to poop, supposedly to cover up evidence of drug dealing.
The cops who caught the 24-year-old on 17th Jan said they saw him taking what seemed to be drugs. According to the BBC, the report says he’s refusing to overeat to avoid himself from pooping out the evidence. He’s supposedly gone 43 days without evacuating his bowels.
So what happens when you avoid pooping? Not usually anything right, according to gastroenterologist Ian Lustbader of New York University Lang one Health.
Voluntarily retaining faeces for long periods of time is rare, Lustbader said. Typically, people with severe bowel problems or bowel-motility problems desperately want to defecate. (Bowel mobility relates to how well the digestive system can move material through it.)
If they’re eating and not using the bathroom, this colon can become alarmingly swollen, a condition called “megacolon.” The waste can become complicated and affected, and the bowel can rupture.
This problem, mostly seen in children, happens when a patient becomes afraid of using the bathroom, perhaps because past attempts have been agonising. The affected person tightens up the pelvic muscles and butt when the desire to defecate attacks.
Little amounts of liquid faeces may sneak past the growing mass of strong faeces, which becomes more substantial and more possibly agonising to pass by the day. Kids can avoid their wastes for weeks or months.
Symptoms include pain, depression and hunger loss. The treatment contains laxatives and stool softeners.
In the case of the man in England, refusing food would indeed considerably wait the desire to defecate, Lustbader said, but that’s a short-term solution: Gradually, lack of nourishment will become a problem.
The best comparison is patients who can’t eat for neurological cause, said by Lustbader; they can endure on intravenous nutrition for a while, but intravenous feeding is difficult to maintain over extended times.
Holding back the desire to poop could also possibly damage the feedback mechanism that keeps the bowel moving smoothly. Even with no meals at all, the bowel is likely to make a little bit of drippy discharge.
The intestinal lining produces mucous and liquids, so the suspected drug dealer’s intestinal tract is not likely to stay empty.