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A 20-year-old male asked:

I havent had a solid bm in 5 days. ive taken stimulant laxatives, stool softeners, mineral oil, glycerin suppositories, and an enema yet ive had no luck passing anything. i get enough fiber, water, and exercise. whats the next step?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
If you have significant discomfort with bowel movement, only liquid coming out, you may have fecal impaction. You may need to go to urgent care or ER for manual disimpaction.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
If you have the urge and can't move you could try a dulcolax rectal suppository and/or a soapsuds or molasses enema. If you're experiencing severe abdominal cramps or abdominal distension you'll have to be examined for fecal impaction which requires manual disimpaction. Get examined by a physician or in the hospital emergency room depending upon the severity of any abdominal symptoms
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Last updated Dec 30, 2021


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