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A 20-year-old female asked:

Ive felt constipated for over a year/when i go i feel like theres more. im able to go to the bathroom/ have decent bowel movements, but could i have some type of blockage that needs treatment, and is there poop from a year ago in me?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No to the year old poop idea. The colon is just a storage tube where the first in first out rule applies. Failing to go often enough or diets that slow transition (breads/bananas/rice/etc.) can enlarge the colon and lead to old stool lumps in some, but this is rare. Teaching yourself to empty more often, adding fiber or agents like MiraLAX can decrease colon size & improve emptying over time.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 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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