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A 34-year-old female asked:

i have not had a bowel movement in five days, what can i do?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Enemas: Laxatives, stool softener, fluids. If necessary, go to dr or er for disimpaction.

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Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

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Diabetic, have not had a bowel movement in 3 days, why?

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Constipation: Constipation causes are variable. Is diabetes well controlled? Increase dietary fiber and water intake. Fiber supplement such as benefiber or citrucel or konsyl may be of benefit. If problem persists, see your doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck.

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