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Can't defecate: Stool becomes hard and dry; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and painful) for the hard stool to pass through the anal canal. Lack of water in diet can contribute; chronic use of opiate pain medscan too. Rarely people can have motility disorders of the intestines that contribute to fecal impaction. In extreme cases hard stool can wear through the intestinal wall. ...Read more
Maybe...: How do you define "constipation?" A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. ...Read more
Does a small bleeding tear inside anus when pooping constipated stool increase chance of catching disease from using public toilet (e.g. water splash?
I'm not sure...: ... that this specific problem has ever been studied in detail. However, any open wound is susceptible to infection, and certainly there are a lot of bacteria present both in that area of the body and in public toilets. If I had a perianal tear, I would try to avoid water splashing on it. You should see your doctor if the bleeding or pain are persistent . Good luck. ...Read more
Does constipation and/or holding poop in(while at work) increase one's risk of colon/rectal cancer or bowel cancer?
Not likely: To avoid constipation, you should increase your intake of fiber foods. Alternatively you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Usually yes: But it has to be a "royal" amount! ...Read more
Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?
Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more
Fecal impaction: May or may not.Get a more detailed answer ›
Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does fecal matter stay in the rectum after pooping and flushing, is there still matter deep inside the rectum? Anal sex, OCD questions ;)
Waiting on colonoscopy, added higher fiber diet, difficult bowel movements, stool is normal width but stays together with thin core and test show microscopic blood, LLQ abdominal pain. Is stool with thin core holding everything together normal?
Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family.Help?
Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you define diarrhea, is it bowel movement consistency or frequency? Is one lose stool bowel movement diarrhea?
Xray for child shows moderate amount stool in her colon. Does this mean constipation even though she has daily regular soft bowel movements?
Hard to say: The kid who makes 8 oz of poo/day but empties only 7oz, will eventually become backed up. Stool that is silhouetted by small clusters of bowel gas, reveal gas production by bowel germs. If that silhouetting shows the colon to be distended, and full, it may relate to slow transit constipation. This is a common problem in kids and often takes years to resolve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers