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What causes constipation?

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Dr. Tejas Ozarkar
Dr. Tejas Ozarkaranswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Many things: Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism. The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta.
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Usually unknown: Most people with constipation will have no identifiable cause. Potential issues could be disease such as hypothyroidism. Medications or electrolyte abnormalities should be considered as well.
Dr. Imran Saeed
Colon and Rectal Surgery 19 years experience
Several: Most common being meds, not eating healthy, not drinking enough fluids, sedentary lifestyle, and not taking enough fiber. Hypothyroidism, certain electrolyte disturbances, diabetes, poor eating habbits, laxative abuse and a lot others. The goal is to eat healthy, drink a lot of fluids, stay active, and eat your daily fiber. If this is not helping then see your physician for further workup.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! stop the caffeine!
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Constipation : There is a big list of causes common causes include lack of fibre in diet , inadequate fluid intake, medications, irritable bowel syndrome, immobility, hypothyroidism, colon cancer, anal fissure . http://patient.info/doctor/constipation-in-adults-pro
Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
Irregular diet: Most people can avoid constipation if they ate a regular diet containing fruits and vegetables ( esp those with a lot of fiber) . Regular exercise or other activities can also help. Plenty of water keeps the stool moist and soft when it come out. Once all of these factors are met ,then you need to train your body to go and evacuate as soon as you get the feeling that you have to go.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes constipation and how can I treat this?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What would cause constipation and what would be the cure?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hard, dry poop: Constipation is caused by dry, hard stool which often becomes retained in the rectum & colon. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day). Eat 5 vegetable & 4 fruit servings per day – get that fiber in. Avoid junk carbohydrates. Stay physically active. You can also consider an otc laxative.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Levothyroxcin causing constipation. What to do?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Doubtful that: Levothyroxine is contributing to constipation. More often due to inadequate fluids or excessive caffeine or alcohol intake, both of which dehydrate and contribute to constipation. Try drinking 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does ensure cause constipation?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Constipation: If you have an inadequate water/ fluid intake when using ensure plus, constipation is possible. On the other hand, diarrhea can also occur with ensure plus.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Could over eating cause constipation?

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Dr. Maz Ghodsian
Colon and Rectal Surgery 16 years experience
Overeat/Constipation: Overeating may cause constipation by increasing the intestinal waste . This may lead to improper colon function and distension of the colon possibly affecting the muscle tone and natural peristalsis or wave like motions of the intestine which propel the waste materials towards the anal opening. A well balanced diet high in fiber and water decreases constipation. See your doctor for an exam.

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