The constipation began around the year 2001. There was no particular reason for it. Every trip to the toilet for a bowel movement made me uneasy because the stool was always very hard and I had to bear down hard. That caused severe pain in my abdomen and in the anal area. Sometimes I also had blood in the stool. I was also able to go to the toilet only once or twice a week and therefore didn’t feel well at all. I didn’t go to a doctor or healing practitioner, but drank herb teas and took Ayurvedic medicines and tried to drink more, but without success.