A member asked:

I lately have been experiencing a level of constipation ranging from hard to a little straining and seems to depend on what was eaten. but i eat veggies/fruit, drink some prune juice but may still have a level of straining. why?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

For constipation - 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!

Answered 12/5/2022

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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Fluids are critical with a high fiber diet as too much fiber with poor fluids will cause constipation. Drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid every day and do not add additional fiber to your dietary intake.

Answered 12/6/2022

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