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Constipation (Definition)

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

Dry poo/anal fissure: The failure of stool to transit the large intestine in a timely period will result in excess water removal & bulking at the outlet. Passing a hardened or larger than normal stool thru the anal sphincter can cause a long scratch or fissure in the outtlet. This tends to be on the outside of the movement & bright red. ...Read more

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Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

It can: It can if you do not eat high fiber food along with it like fruits, vegetabls, grains, beans and peas etc, and at least 2 litres of water. ...Read more

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Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Colon spasm: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, &among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet &emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection. ...Read more

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Can lactic bacillus with vitamin b complex cause hard stool in pregnency?

Can lactic bacillus with vitamin b complex cause hard stool in pregnency?

Constipation: Usually not. On the other hand, if your b complex tablet has iron in it, the iron can cause constipation. Lactobacillus is a probiotic used to replenish normal good bacteria in the colon and is usually beneficial in regularizing bowel habits. ...Read more

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What could cause hard stools?

What could cause hard stools?

Lots of things: But mostly not enough fluid, excessive fiber, or excessive caffeine and or alcohol intake, some medications and a sedentary life style can also contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more

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I had a csection last month. From then I am suffering from hard stools. It's paining a lot. How to prevent and what causes hard stools. Is sometn serious?

I had a csection last month. From then I am suffering from hard stools. It's paining a lot. How to prevent and what causes hard stools. Is sometn serious?

Many causes: Hard stools, also called constipation, can be caused by many things. The most common reason in people who have had a procedure is narcotic pain medications like Percocet or Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Fiber and stool softener can help. It can also be related to changes in sleep, fluid intake, diet, stress, and dehydration. If you are breastfeeding, you almost certainly need to increase your fluid intake. ...Read more

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With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

Discomfort: Certainly a colon filled with hard stool can be uncomfortable, but not damaging. Constipation prevention tips include lots of water, fiber in diet (whole grains, fruits and veggies); possibly a psyllium supplement; and DAILY exercise. Good wishes! ...Read more

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What causes hard pellet like stools with mucus?

What causes hard pellet like stools with mucus?

Are you constipated?: See that you have blood in stools and sigmoidoscopy. The doctor who is working you up should be able to take full history, physical exam and your studies to make a definitive diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Inflammation and polyp/ulcer in upper rectum can cause tip of stool hard??

Inflammation and polyp/ulcer in upper rectum can cause tip of stool hard??

It would cause: pain and bleeding. As a result of pain you may develop also constipation as a result of not moving the stool from bowel loosing it's watery content. ...Read more

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My six month old has to use Simalac spit up due to acid reflux. The formula is causing her to have hard stools that are causing her pain. Miralax?

My six month old has to use Simalac spit up due to acid reflux. The formula is causing her to have hard stools that are causing her pain. Miralax?

Try prune juice 1st: At that age I try simple things first. The sugars and solids in prune juice are not fully absorbed in babies and act somewhat like what miralax does. A single ounce twice a day will loosen most babies within a day or two. ...Read more

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Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Yes: Endometriosis involving the recto-vaginal area certainly can cause those symptoms. A careful examination by your gyn should be able to determine if this problem is present. Fortunately minimally invasive surgery can cure the problem in most cases. Make sure your gyn is an expert in laparoscopic procedures of this type so you can avoid a large abdominal incision. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.

What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.

Concerning: Daily vomiting and nightly fever are very concerning symptoms, but need to be evaluated in the context of duration, risk factors, and severity. Urgent (if not emergent) exam is warranted in cases of unrelenting vomiting and unexplained fever. ...Read more

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Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

Yes: A lot of 9 month old babies begin to rely more on food and less on liquid for their daily nutritional needs. Very often, a baby gets a bit constipated at 9 months due to a decrease in their fluid intake. Adding some extra formula, breast milk, water, or even water mixed with a small amount of prune juice or white grape juice can often solve this problem. If it persists, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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