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A 66-year-old female asked:

Always constipated. had colonoscoy. no polyps or anything. ct scan was good. blood work was good. hy am i having this? hard pebbles, sometimes soft. gets frustrating. started on stool softeners. helps for going good for one day. then i start over?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
Activity (exercise and increased mobility by limited time on chair or bed), hydration (2 liters of fluid a day for an average body habitus) and diet (high fiber foods) are the main three things you can do yourself to combat constipation. Other than that, you may need help with medication to stimulate bowel contraction for functionally impaired bowel activity besides stool softener and laxative.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 Wish you good health!
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Last updated Jan 2, 2022


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