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A 16-year-old female asked:

i have trouble with my bowel movements despite drinking lots of water and eating my fibres. what else could i do?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See answer: Bm's can be normal even if not done every day. If you are getting cramping and problems from constipation, that is another story. You are doing well with increasing fluids and fiber in your diet. Sometimes stress can even cause bowel irregularity. If it becomes a real issue, see a dr for an eval and there are possible meds that can help you. Good luck.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Physical evaluation: Have a doctor check for blockage or other gastrointestinal problems. It is good that yoyu know how important water & diet can be - it would probably be much worse if you were not doing that correctly. A full battery of tests will direct proper treatment choices. Good luck.

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Last updated Apr 20, 2014

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