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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read more

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What are gentle remedies for constipation?

What are gentle remedies for constipation?

Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read more

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Can you die from constipation?

Can you die from constipation?

Rarely: Chronic constipation (obstipation) can cause dilation of bowel, rarely can cause an ulcer in bowel, rarely can cause perforation, which could lead to death. Some conditions that cause severe constipation might be severe enough (if untreated) to cause death. ...Read more

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Can a person die if they have had severe constipation?

Can a person die if they have had severe constipation?

Rare but yes...: Severe constipation can rarely cause hard, dry stool to erode through the colon wall. Peritonitis can occur, and death is a possibility. Having said that, most people's constipation will never become that extreme. Drink lots of water and increase your fiber intake- psyllium is a good fiber supplement. And see your doctor for help! ...Read more

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Can i die from severe constipation?

Can i die from severe constipation?

Unlikely: Severe constipation leading to obstruction in the large bowel can lead to death but this is unlikely in a healthy young adult. You are more likely to suffer from abdominal pain or hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Could a person die from severe constipation for 2 weeks?

Could a person die from severe constipation for 2 weeks?

No: Unlikely. The body will still try to evacuate wastes it will just be harder. Try increasing the fluid intake in your diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fibre, cereals also help. ...Read more

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I have a doctor appt for tomorrow due to constipation. I've been constipated for 10 days! i feel bloated and kinda "blah" will i die?

I have a doctor appt for tomorrow due to constipation. I've been constipated for 10 days! i feel bloated and kinda "blah" will i die?

Constipation: Not likely but treatment needed cause identified. Dehydration, low potassium high calcium, thyroid disease, opioid analgesics. If all else ok pick up water intake fiber good and keep your doctors appointment. Even if you move bowels appropriate to find cause to prevent next event. ...Read more

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Is rectal bleeding (internal) due to constipation? Assuming it's anal fissure. Will i die of it?

Is rectal bleeding (internal) due to constipation? Assuming it's anal fissure. Will i die of it?

No: People do not die from an anal fissure. Constipation can be treated with more fruits and vegetables in the diet. There are over the counter fiber supplements as well. In order for the fiber to be effective, you need to have a good intake of fluids as well, at least 50-60 ounces of fluid a day. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old get colon cancer because i'm scared to death and I am showing symptoms. Such as constipation and change of bowel movements i go less?

Can a 17 year old get colon cancer because i'm scared to death and I am showing symptoms. Such as constipation and change of bowel movements i go less?

Colon ca: although it can happen, but it's unlikely that constipation and change in BM in a 17 year old person is caused by cancer. other things like infections,or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) , celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to be the case than cancer. colon cancer can happen in 30-40 yr old especially if FAP present or long standing IBD,celiac dz.. d/w your MD in detail ...Read more

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