A 36-year-old female asked:
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dad just had spinal fusion had constipation problems afterward, he said now when wiping he feels a thread and still constipated i'm stumped please help?

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Dr. Shin Beh
Dr. Shin Beh answered
9 years experience Neurology
Get checked: Get evaluated and possibly an MRI to see if there's anything going on with his spinal cord or the associated nerves.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Soren Singel
29 years experience Neurosurgery
Constipation: Combination of narcotic side effects (they slow you down), immobility, dehydration and insufficient fiber intake. Stop all narcotics as soon as possible, lots of fiber (oatmeal, prunes) at least a gallon of water a day for hydration, dulcolax suppositories, enema etc and walk a lot. The thread he feels is likely a hemorrhoid if not better have him see the proctologist.
Answered on Jan 18, 2014
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