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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
31 years experience Gastroenterology
Definition: Infrequent, hard stools with straining.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elaine Peterson
10 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, constipation is common. Many studies report a that 12-19% of the population suffer from constipation, but as high of 27% has been reported in so ... Read More
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Dr. Peter Lopez
31 years experience Trauma Surgery
The short answer is : It depends a lot on diet (low fiber and not enough water intake) and activity.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Calcium can cause constipation. One of the symptoms of hypercalcemia (high calcium in blood) is constipation.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Yes: Can be depending on dosage and other issues with diet.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
48 years experience Rheumatology
Yes. But...: All calcium can constipate, but calcium citrate is less so than calcium carbonate!
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with cal ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wendell Goins
42 years experience General Surgery
Irregular diet: Most people can avoid constipation if they ate a regular diet containing fruits and vegetables ( esp those with a lot of fiber) . Regular exercise or ... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Doctors can examine: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you e ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tejas Ozarkar
9 years experience General Practice
Many things: Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidis ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Bleier
21 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Infrequent bm: Infrequent or difficult bowel movements, usually less than one per day or two.
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A member asked:
Dr. Pamela Lindor
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated. Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important ... Read More
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