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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
45 years experience Dentistry
Cod liver oil: Many things on the market. The best answer if you are having problems is to check with your doctor to see why your arent. Are you consuming a good h ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Forsythe
26 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends on food: Typically, in a digestive tract that works properly, a bowel movement should occur twice daily. Various foods may affect it. High fiber foods will de ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heather Thieme
18 years experience Surgical Oncology
A day or two: Depending on when you start eating again. Flatus is gas.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Laxatives: Most of the over the counter laxatives are based upon vegetable products and are no chemicals and are all safe to take.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots: Lots of meds can cause constipation, either by slowing transit time, increasing water extraction from bowel, both mechs, or other. Can include narcot ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Fruit,veggies,grains: If your goal is "high fiber" try for 25 grams or more a day (our ancestor cavemen probably consumed & tolerated twice that). Water soluble fiber suppl ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Vomiting and fever: A true bowel obstruction will result in severe abdominal pain, vomiting (usually projectile) and fever. Sounds like you might benefit from trying to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
1-2 times: As above usually.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: There is a gastro-colonic reflex which can cause this urge to have BM shortly after eating. Likely normal and good especially if constipated! Try to m ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Yes: See a gastroenterologist for exam, evaluation, and therapy specific to your situation.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shivinder Deol
45 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Daily: Increase water, fiber & mg.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Diabetes: I prefer the term "diabetes" rather than "diabetic" unless you have type 1 diabetes which is less common at your age. Why the difference? Because your ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Fast transit: You have fast transit through your gastrointestinal tract. It may be that there is something wrong and needs to be checked or you have naturally incre ... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Description: Describe in your own words exactly what is going on with your bowel pattern, and exactly what you mean by bowel incontinence. If you have true fecal i ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
40 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of pr ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Primary care doctor: Constipation is treated by primary care doctors. There are many ways to treat it. The main problem is that the time it takes for food one ate to go th ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Dietary choices: I find there are several items that firm up stools: applesauce or apples, bananas, rice cereal or dry toast. Avoiding the loseners also helps:peaches, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Two or three: Days. If you don't return to normal after that, consult your GI specialist. I hope they didn't find anything serious up there.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fidias De Leon
20 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes: Depending on how constipated you are and how much stool is in your colon. Continue bowel prep as instructed.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
28 years experience General Surgery
SBO or LBO: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor or surgeon as these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a GI issue or even a stricture ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Can't answer that: Without evaluation. However, retained fecal matter when constipated can increase body weight.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Lots of different: Structures in the abdomen. It is normal to feel some pressure when pressing, call your doctor if the pressure becomes pain. Or if there is any fever ... Read More

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