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How long can you not poop before you die

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibly: Rupture of colon with large amounts of fecal material would be a rare cause of death.

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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Slowly over time: Yes as organ and tissue failure occurs it will be very slowly over time unless you have a rupture of the colon in which case severe infection of the a... Read More
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes and no: Everyone is different.Some people go several times a day,some go once a week.As a rule people should go at least every 3 days or more often.It depends... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
More fiber: Constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools. Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem. Most cases of constipati... Read More
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Food allergy: Constipation is a combination of hidden food allergy causing inadequate emptying of bowel contents. The other cause in young people is adrenal stress ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Most Likely - Yes: What you describe is a valsalva maneuver that triggers an autonomic nervous system response causing diversion of blood flow from the brain and extremi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Loss of water: Colon absorbs water from stool and it if sits in the colon it will get dehydrated and hard. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetab... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Green Stool: Green stool does not represent any situation that is life threatening.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hanna
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Regular Regeime: Important to have a regular regiems of defecation. Suggest you try to find some time after breakfast sitting for a bit to allow the colon and rectum... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Go get medically: Treated please. You can blow up a bowel in there and die from massive intraabdominal infection.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Colitis: Sounds like ulcerative colitis, but there could be other causes. You need an evaluation and colonoscopy, so seek medical input. It's not likely to b... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Stool: Don't listen to what people say. Listen to a professional: a doctor, a pcp, a gastrointestinal doctor. We look at possible causes for constipation (me... Read More

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