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A 22-year-old male asked:

I haven't properly pooped in 3 years it just leaks out of my behind and i spend most of my time on the toilet. sometimes i can poop but 98 percent of the time it really hurts. i dont know what to do i want to do normal activities with friends butcant?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some face chronic stool retention dating back even to childhood when kids avoided going for many reasons. This can balloon the large gut & stretch out its muscles so it becomes poor in aiding emptying. Over time the sensation of need to go fades & you either leak or pass hard/bulky poop. A year long rehab plan using scheduled evacuation/Miralax can help but you need a GI doc to guide you.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. Ferguson. 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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