U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Bronx, NY
A 20-year-old male asked:

My mother suffers from constipation. she can 't defecate w/o a laxative. she tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Needs work w/u: Severe and significant constipation can have many etiologies from anatomical obstruction, to colonic inertia, to lack of pelvic relaxation to metabolic abnormalities, if severe and not responding to usual measures of fiber, fluids and exercise see a colon and rectal surgeon.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
See below.: Needs evaluation by her primary care doc to make sure there is no underlying anatomic or physiologic defect. The whole key to constipation is prevention and consistency. Not, as i often see, a continual juggling of meds with last minute enemas for relief. She may require a daily combination of several agents at small or moderate dose in order to stay regular and comfortable.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jun 26, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.