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Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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If I took Ex-Lax after being constipated, is it normal to still feel like I "have to go" even after I just took a huge poop?

If I took Ex-Lax after being constipated, is it normal to still feel like I "have to go" even after I just took a huge poop?

Caused by ex-lax: Medications like ex-lax work. The problem is they can work too well. That is why you are pooping even when empty. As long as the medication is in your body you will get the signal to poop. It will wear off. In the future try a mild medication like senna and colace (docusate sodium). Or just drink plenty of water and walk a lot. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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No urge to poop. Suppository did not work. When got urge only sup came out. Still no urge. Constipation or poop just not ready?

Constipation: How long have you been without urge or bowel movement? I recommend some mild exercise, and some people respond well to prunes, cantaloupe, caffeine, raisins. Drink plenty of water too. If still no "results", then see an M.D. ...Read more

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My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day. Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day. Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

Unlikely: If she is having several bowel movements a day and is still eating and acting normally it is doubtful that she is constipated. If she is irritable, crying incessantly, not feeding regularly, sleeping excessively or develops fever have her see a pediatrician asap. Otherwise just watch and wait. ...Read more

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If anus has been hurting after poop does that mean constipation? Pain long after going to restroom still burning or cut feeling. Sometimesblood. Nohem

If anus has been hurting after poop does that mean constipation? Pain long after going to restroom still burning or cut feeling. Sometimesblood. Nohem

Yes: Pain and blood as a consequence of chronic constipation. You need to modify your diet, drink 6- 8 glasses of water, increase you fibers, vegetables and fruit intake. Take some laxatives/stool softeners. If no better, you need to consult with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm very constipated. Went to DR. And he told me to take laxatives. I took two maximum strength laxatives and still can't poop...what could be wrong?

I'm very constipated. Went to DR. And he told me to take laxatives. I took two maximum strength laxatives and still can't poop...what could be wrong?

Your diet: The problem is your diet, life long of junk food will not be treated by a couple of laxatives. You need a lot of hydration 8-10 bottle of water, and natural juices, you need to avoid sodas, and energy drinks. You need to eat fruits and vegetables, and a lots of fibers. For now take four tablets of dulcolax, then mix half bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gaterade, and drink it, repeat it once if needed. ...Read more

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My 8 mo old is on crystalose for constipationshe was constipated last night so we did suppository. She's still crying hrs after pooping. What's wrong?

My 8 mo old is on crystalose for constipationshe was constipated last night so we did suppository. She's still crying hrs after pooping. What's wrong?

Suppository cramping: Most suppositories contain stimulant medications that cause the bowel to contract and cramp. This effect doesn't end just because the child poops, and the cramping can go on for hours. This is likely what you are dealing with. That's why suppositories should really only be a very last resort. ...Read more

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One year old, constipated for a month, poops every few days but still super hard. Pushes and pushes and no poop. Juice, fletchers nothings working?

One year old, constipated for a month, poops every few days but still super hard. Pushes and pushes and no poop. Juice, fletchers nothings working?

Needs soft stools: Constipation is a frustrating problem in children who have had a painful bm in the past. Try "p" fruits peaches, pears and prunes, increase fluids and continue your fiber. May need mineral oil one tablespoon twice a day to bring soft stools. Important also to go over birth and early stooling history with pediatrician to rule out anatomic causes of constipation. ...Read more

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Toddler has black specks in poop. Sometimes constipated. Rest of stool brown. Hemocult neg. Few months ago. Could it be blood still? Eats normally.

Would watch and wait: If hemocult is neg and he is doing well, obviously you have checked with your doctor too. It is likely some undigested food particles and I would watch for now. ...Read more

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I'm 5 mnth preg. On monday I have constipation n then blood dripping after my bowel. Today my poop is ok but still have blood after that. Need dr advise?

I'm 5 mnth preg. On monday I have constipation n then blood dripping after my bowel. Today my poop is ok but still have blood after that. Need dr advise?

? hemorrhoid bleeding: Constipation is common in pregnancy. Blood is probably coming from vein (hemorrhoid) or tear in skin around rectum especially since stool itself is ok. See your doctor and maybe stool softener and hemorrhoid cream would help. ...Read more

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Take raisin bran every night to poop but now its not working and im constipated. But my stomach still feels the need to go. I've tried everything.?

Take raisin bran every night to poop but now its not working and im constipated. But my stomach still feels the need to go. I've tried everything.?

Everything?: If you're not going regularly, you need more than Raisin Bran. Add psyllium husks (1 or 2 tablespoons) every day, plus lots of water. Magnesium to bowel tolerance (you can't OD on magnesium because it will give you diarrhea, stomach upset). Find a dose that works. Stimulants like prunes also will help. Have you checked your thyroid. Constipation is a common symptom of hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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If I am chronically constipated before I caught the stomach virus will the virus make me poop more but still solid, or only watery stools?

If I am chronically constipated before I caught the stomach virus will the virus make me poop more but still solid, or only watery stools?

No: Viral illness will cause diarrhea, but will not necessarily fix your constipation problem. You need to increase your oral fluids and fiber to fix the constipation.

Generally, viral gastroenteritis is self limited, but you need to keep hydrated. Dehydration is the usual reason why you might need to be hospitalized. ...Read more

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What could be wrong if there is a large amount of blood found in your feces? I've had constipation problems since I was a toddler and 18 years later I'm still struggling with that problem. But recently I've been finding large amounts of blood in my feces

What could be wrong if there is a large amount of blood found in your feces? I've had constipation problems since I was a toddler and 18 years later I'm still struggling with that problem. But recently I've been finding large amounts of blood in my feces

Depending: On age, most common cause is constipation and hemorrhoids; however always concerned for colon pathology such as inflammation or colitis, colon polyps, colon cancer. You need to see a colon and rectal doctor or a GI doctor for a thorough evaluation and possible colonoscopy. Do not delay. ...Read more

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I ate a lot of cheese, now I'm constipated. I took mirlax 2 days in a row but stool still hurts. It's been 3 days. Help!

I ate a lot of cheese, now I'm constipated. I took mirlax 2 days in a row but stool still hurts. It's been 3 days. Help!

Give it more time: I would continue to take miralax, (polyethylene glycol) one cap full once per day and make sure to drink plenty of water, if you do some exercise this might give you the urge to go. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more

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I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if I hav constipation than it will painful I felt anus is very hard?

I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if I hav constipation than it will painful I felt anus is very hard?

Non healing: Anal lesions need medical attention, avoid constipation eat high fibre diet, stool softeners, plenty of fluids will heal in most of the time, See your doctor, some times you need biopsy of the area. ...Read more

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My stool was soft and exited fast but still had shape but little paper like pieces around it. Is this diarrhea? It only happend once, been constipated

My stool was soft and exited fast but still had shape but little paper like pieces around it. Is this diarrhea? It only happend once, been constipated

Possibly: Diarrhea can be described in many ways. Sometimes by the stool consistency, and sometimes by the frequency. The definition is definitely relative and individual.
What might be frequent for one person, does not constitute the same thing for another.
What defines diarrhea is based on your own baseline.
As to what caused the change in bowel habits, that is a complicated answer. ...Read more

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Mucus in stool long time, just realized this is bad. Had chronic constipation, changed diet fixed for 3 weeks. Still mucus; Noblood in stool: 4 FOBT?

Mucus in stool long time, just realized this is bad. Had chronic constipation, changed diet fixed for 3 weeks. Still mucus; Noblood in stool: 4 FOBT?

A small amount ok: I realize it is difficult to estimate "What is a small amount? " Helpful that you improved your constipation with diet, and that there is no blood. Also reassuring that it has been present for a "long time" with no other concerning symptoms. I would say that if it is more than a tablespoon per bowel movement, you should be evaluated. Infection, colitis, and cancer would need to be excluded. ...Read more

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Can I still ne constipated even if my stool is soft?

Can I still ne constipated even if my stool is soft?

Sure: If a person has lots of soft poop inside, and it has trouble coming out, but it isn't hard poop, she still has constipation. Constipation does require hard poop. However, constipation usually has hard poop. ...Read more

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I've been constipated for a few days but my stool is now softer and a bit longer but still sinks to the bottom of the toilet, am I still constipated?

I've been constipated for a few days but my stool is now softer and a bit longer but still sinks to the bottom of the toilet, am I still constipated?

Normal range is...: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7).Have ibs, colitis, infection been ruled out. Dietary fiber supplement may increase bulk and frequency. Bleeding, incontinence, pain needs evaluation right away. ...Read more

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My 1yr old has been constipated he had a small tear in the inside of his anus that is not healing the con- is better but still bleeds when he poospain?

My 1yr old has been constipated he had a small tear in the inside of his anus that is not healing the con- is better but still bleeds when he poospain?

Anal fissure: Keep giving him lots of fluids to keep the stool soft. If it's hard balls, small amounts of apple or prune juice may help soften it. Give foods with more fiber also. Apply a small amount of vaseline or A&D ointment just inside the anus to help heal the tissue where it is torn. When he stops having hard stools, it should heal soon. If not, see your doctor ...Read more

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Anus still hurts 3hrs after a painful bm, painful bm`s, blood in recent stools, diarreah, feeling constipated, anything to be concerned about?

Anus still hurts 3hrs after a painful bm, painful bm`s, blood in recent stools, diarreah, feeling constipated, anything to be concerned about?

Rectal pain: Painful bowels in association with blood are signs of serious disorders such as ulcerative colitis, infections of the bowel, or anal fissures. Fissures do not cause diarrhea. Constipation and straining may tear the lining of the bowel causing anal pain and bleeding. The tear is known as a fissure. Colitis can also cause bowel changes, rectal bleeding and on passing the bowel. ...Read more

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Why do I still have pain in the abdominal area after constipation? Took 2 1/2 hours to finally pass stool with extreme pain the entire time. Now if I

You need to heal: The pain you had was from a type of trauma in your gut and rectum. It may have done literal tissue damage that needs to heal. The process can cause swelling, irritation, even tissue tears. Of course it will not feel fine! Avoid constipation if you can - drink lots of water - eat fruit & veggies, avoid too much meat. Hope it feel better soon. ...Read more

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My breastfeeding 5 month baby constipated past 3 days and struggles, cries to pass poo but he couldn't still. Cries out while straining. Wat can I do?

My breastfeeding 5 month baby constipated past 3 days and struggles, cries to pass poo but he couldn't still. Cries out while straining. Wat can I do?

Constipation in: Breast fed babies is uncommon but can occur transiently after introduction of new foods. Gentle rectal stimulation with a rectal thermometer or inflant glycerin suppository is usually effective. Persistent constipation, bloody discharge from the rectum, vomiting, abdominal distension and excessive pain warrant immediate evaluation by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

Yes: Do not forget hydration and exercise, such as a brisk half an hour walk or sit-ups. A stimulant laxative such as Senna may help. If no response, a Dulcolax suppository should be in place. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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A little redness in loose stool 2 days in a row but still feel constipated and uncomfortable?

A little redness in loose stool 2 days in a row but still feel constipated and uncomfortable?

Rectal bleeding: The most common causes are hemorrhoids or a fissure (a tear at the anal opening) likely caused by straining at the hard stool.
Try getting more fiber in your diet. Also sit up straight on the toilet and see if you can elevate your feet so that your bottom is in more of a squatting position. ...Read more

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I've had 4 colon cleanses and still feel constipated after the doctor told me that I have backed up stool in my system. What could it be?

I've had 4 colon cleanses and still feel constipated after the doctor told me that I have backed up stool in my system. What could it be?

Had an x-ray yet?: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed. ...Read more

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Have chronic constipation and ostomy. Take welbutrin. Pill is coming out whole with medication still in it in my stool. Why am I not digesting it?

Have chronic constipation and ostomy. Take welbutrin. Pill is coming out whole with medication still in it in my stool. Why am I not digesting it?

This is called a: "ghost pill ".The medicine is leached out during the passage down the GI tract (before the colon).You are seeing the inert shell. ...Read more

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Went 2 dr for gas pain but cant pass much gas & bloody mucus w/no stool. Said it is constipation but I'm still worried. Could it be something worse?

Went 2 dr for gas pain but cant pass much gas & bloody mucus w/no stool. Said it is constipation but I'm still worried. Could it be something worse?

Gastroenterologist: Since you're experiencing abdominal distress, passing bloody mucus, but are unable to have a bowel movement your symptoms are concerning and a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate you. Possibilities include mucus colitis with predominant constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, incomplete intestinal obstruction or proctitis. Abdominal distension or vomiting would be very serious signs ...Read more

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Severely constipated. Tried to pass bm bt TONS of thick milky white/yellow liquid came out. Then an insane amt of thick mucus came out bt still no stool?

Severely constipated. Tried to pass bm bt TONS of thick milky white/yellow liquid came out. Then an insane amt of thick mucus came out bt still no stool?

Get checked: This could be a serious problem and needs to be discussed with a physician in detail. Bowel obstruction, infection or inflammatory bowel disease are potential serious explanations. Visit the ER if you have associated abdominal pain, shaking chills or fever, or dizziness. Get well! ...Read more

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I have been having stomach problems for over a week. At first I was constipated and then I took some stool softener that helped me to go. Ever since I have been able to go but have still been experiencing various types of pain in my left side from sharp p

I have been having stomach problems for over a week. At first I was constipated and then I took some stool softener that helped me to go. Ever since I have been able to go but have still been experiencing various types of pain in my left side from sharp p

Mutiple causes: It's better to take it easy with solids, liquids are preferable. You didn't mention your age but pain on left side of abdomen could be gas, constipation also it could be a condition called "divertilitis"- which signifies a disease in the left colon. If symptoms persist see your PMD. ...Read more

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