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with fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Discomfort: Certainly a colon filled with hard stool can be uncomfortable, but not damaging. Constipation prevention tips include lots of water, fiber in diet (whole grains, fruits and veggies); possibly a psyllium supplement; and DAILY exercise. Good wishes!

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