A 77-year-old female asked:
which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Oscar Novick answered
57 years experience Pediatrics
Constipation: If you are only mildly constipated you might try using a glycerin suppository instead on an enema.
Answered on Jul 19, 2019
Dr. Charles Cattano answered
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist.
Answered on Jan 23, 2016
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