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A 32-year-old female asked:

having a problem with constipation. i will go 4-9 days without a bowel movement, but when i go my stool is soft or extremely loose. ?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Impaction: Typically we think of constipation as having difficulty passing a stool. That's true but not the whole truth. Some people, typically elderly, can get so constipated that they develop an impaction whereby the stool is stuck in place and only soft liquid diarrheal stool can get by. The only ways to determine this are by physical exam or x-ray (kub) demonstrating impaction.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Constipation: This is definitely not normal. Do you take any over-the-counter laxatives or supplements not listed under your medications? You will need to have a work up done, possibly ct scan, colonoscopy, bloodwork. Discuss it with your doc.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to not poop for 3-4 days? And i don't feel constipated. Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for 3-4 days?

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Dr. Imran Saeed
Colon and Rectal Surgery 19 years experience
It depends: As long as you r not uncomfortable, nauseated, bloated, and with any abdominal discomfort its ok. You see there are a lot of factors involved including your dietary habbits, your work schedule, physical activity level and not drinking enough fluids. Some people just have slow motility of bowel. Remember to add a daily fiber supplement to your diet, which may improve your bowel habbits too.

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Last updated Aug 2, 2013

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