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A 33-year-old female asked:

difficulty with bowel movements..... always constipated and very hard and painful. ?

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Dr. Patrick Mckenna
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Hydration and fiber: Constipation can frequently be relieved with increased dietary fiber and drinking plenty of water. One of the colon's primary jobs is to reabsorb water from the stool before it is excreted. If you are not drinking enough water the stool can become dry and hard, leading to constipation. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Simple...: Hydrate yourself...Take Linzess 145mg daily....you will have a new life...
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Start with basics:: drink at least 8 large glasses of water a day, eat raw vegetable and fruit every day, take probiotics or eat yogurt or kefir every day, eat high fiber grains like whole wheat, flax meal, wheat germ, etc and take a fiber supplement nightly, add a magnesium supplement 300-400mg daily, and cut back on cheese and processed foods. If still problems, try docusate stool softener, then see your doc!

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A 37-year-old female asked about a 38-year-old female:

Pain rightside under rib cage. bowel movements hard pebble like or very loose. couls it be constipation?

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Dr. Gregory Sysyn
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Could be: you are describing classic constipation signs. the first step is to increase hydration. If no improvement then you need to see your MD.

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