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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
27 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Constipation: At minimum, you should see a doctor and have a colonoscopy. If this test is normal, then the question is what exactly are your symptoms, and what is ... Read More
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Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Problems: Constipation that is not treated in children can cause irreversible damage to the colon. Long term this will effect normal function and quality of lif ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
YES: It is an extremely common question and strongly indicates that what i call dietary mayhem. It is not that it causes problems; it is part of the overa ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
30 years experience General Surgery
Hemmorhoids: A thrombosed hem will usually hurt for a few days then gradually resolve, so the worst pain is likely a week or less then slowly better over another c ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: After constipation the pain you feel could be due to hemorrhoids but may also represent an anal fissure or tear. If the pain doesn't reolve with a few ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Bennett
29 years experience Urology
KIDNEY INFECTION: It would likely cause severe one sided back pain , fever and vomiting that would be noticed more than those symptoms mentioned.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Reynoso
8 years experience Infectious Disease
Constipation remedy: There is no one size fits all constipation remedy, but pts your age usually have constipation due to lack of fiber in the diet, low water intake, exce ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Constipation: Constipation can be caused by lack of fiber in the diet. Please decrease sugars and fats in diet, and increase foods with fiber, like beans and green ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
See: A GI specialist. Try high fiber soft diet, drink plenty of fluids and increase activity level. Your GI May place you on stool softener, laxatives and ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
What's the cause?: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally i recomm ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tri Huynh
Dr. Tri Huynh answered
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Constipation: Eat more vegetables or high fiber diet. Well hydrationyou could also add fiber supplement to the high fiber diet, goal of 25-30 grams per day. Howev ... Read More
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