Defecation Reflex (DFR) or DER for short is a term used to describe the involuntary reflexive action of defecating when you do not feel like doing so. It is one of the most common involuntary actions that humans perform, and it’s often considered to be a normal part of human nature. However, there are some people who experience severe digestive problems due to their inability to produce enough stool when they need to. These people are known as “defecators”. There are various theories on why some people cannot produce enough stool, but no one really knows for sure. Some believe that it could be related to genetics, while others say it might be due to other factors such as stress, diet and even environmental toxins.
The problem with these theories is that they all seem very speculative at best. No matter which theory you choose to believe in, none of them provide any real answers.
So what if it’s genetic? What if it’s stress? How much stress does it take before something goes wrong? And how long does it usually take before the symptoms start showing up? Most importantly, how do you treat someone who doesn’t want to go to the bathroom anymore because they’re too sick to care anymore?
There are many different types of treatments available for people suffering from DFR. While some of these treatments do have scientific backing behind them, many of them are nothing more than shady alternative medicines that are only effective because the person is desperate enough to try anything.
One of the most effective but expensive methods of treatment is a medication known as LAX-ID (Laxative ID). The medication has a success rate of about 60% and it’s relatively safe to use. The main problem with using this drug is that it can become very addictive. Some side effects of this drug include vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.
While most people who use the drug only experience minor side effects such as loss of appetite, it’s still a very risky drug to use on a regular basis.
Another common treatment for DFR is taking stool softeners such as milk of magnesia or liquid proctosedyl (also known as levsin). These drugs can help a person produce more bowel movements, but they won’t actually force you to go to the bathroom unless you feel like it. For some people, stool softeners can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea. For other people, it will only cause flatulence and other unpleasant gas-related symptoms.
Other alternative medicines that are used to treat DFR include herbs such as Senna and Aloe Vera. These herbs are known to cause diarrhea in high enough doses. It is said that these types of drugs should be used with extreme caution due to the fact that they can also cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and other serious side effects.
Regardless of which treatment a person decides to use, it’s important to remember that there is no known cure for DFR. As of right now, the medical community has no idea what causes this illness or how to successfully treat it. Most doctors will tell their patients that DFR is a “mental illness” and that the patient should seek therapy. While it’s true that some people do experience DFR as a result of severe mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, this isn’t always the case.
So far, there have been no recorded cases where therapy has cured anyone of DFR.
The only thing that can be done to help people who suffer from DFR is to make them as comfortable as possible. This is a difficult undertaking considering that most people with DFR aren’t able to keep anything down and are in constant pain due to all the stomach acid they’re constantly throwing up.
Due to the lack of information and research on this illness, most doctors don’t take DFR seriously. In fact, many doctors will often times accuse their patients of making up their symptoms in order to scam pain meds or other drugs. Unfortunately, due to the high success rate of LAX-ID and the fact that most people who suffer from DFR are also self-medicating with ilegal substances, there may be some truth to these accusations.
No one knows exactly what causes DFR. It is known that it only affects people with a certain DNA sequence. It is also known that women are more likely to get DFR than men. It is suspected that people with a family history of DFR are at a higher risk of getting it, but again, this has not been proven.
Due to the fact that there is such a lack of research and information on DFR, there are many misconceptions about it as well. Many believe that anyone who has DFR can’t keep anything down, but this isn’t true. Some people with DFR can keep liquids down just fine. Others might not be able to keep any foods down, but they can easily keep sugar-free soda down, for example.
It all depends on the person and how their body reacts to different types of food and liquid.
Another popular misconception about DFR is that it’s incurable. While there is currently no cure, there are certain things that can help minimize the symptoms and help a person live a more comfortable life. This is why it’s important to get a correct diagnosis from a medical professional. Some over-the-counter medication, such as antacids and stool softeners, can help minimize the symptoms.
Research is currently being done to see if DFR can be linked to other illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disease and eating disorders. While the studies have been somewhat successful, there is not enough evidence to prove a link between these illnesses and DFR.
While it’s unknown what causes DFR, there are certain risk factors that make people more likely to develop the condition. Drinking large quantities of soda, particularly root beer and orange soda, is a common risk factor among people who get DFR. Certain illegal drugs have also been linked to DFR, such as lsd and shrooms.
It is also known that people who suffer from panic and anxiety disorders are at a higher risk of getting DFR. This may or may not be due to the illegal drugs that people with anxiety disorders are more likely to use in an attempt to calm themselves down.
DFR is also linked to a higher chance of getting stomach, esophagus and pancreas cancer. This is most likely due to the corrosive nature of the stomach acid that people with DFR constantly vomit. It’s recommended that anyone who has DFR get checked for these types of cancers on a regular basis.
Treatment for DFR is difficult and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Antacids, laxatives, suppositories and diet changes are the most commonly recommended treatments. There are a few different types of prescription medications that can help minimize the symptoms as well. Surgery is also an option for some patients.
It is important for anyone who has been diagnosed with DFR to stay positive and be patient while trying different treatments to find the one that works best for them.
It is vital that anyone who gets DFR get enough rest and stay hydrated. Exercise can also help minimize the symptoms. It’s important to find an exercise that works for each individual. Some people have reported success with yoga or tai-chi, while others have had success with running or riding a bike.
Some patients have even reported success with more unconventional methods like art or music therapy.
While DFR isn’t considered to be life threatening, it can lead to complications if not treated properly. A person can still die from DFR, but it is rare. Most commonly, a person will die from choking on their own vomit or from the stomach acid eating through their esophagus.
At this time there is no known cure for DFR. Research is being done and there are clinical trials for a few different medications that could possibly help, but they are only available to patients in certain areas.
Recovery from DFR is rare and even if a patient is able to stop vomiting long enough to heal, their digestive system is usually so damaged that they’ll have trouble keeping food down for the rest of their life even after the vomiting has stopped.
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