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Is using Glycerin Suppositories chronically bad? I have chronic idiopathic constipation.

Is using Glycerin Suppositories chronically bad? I have chronic idiopathic constipation.

From Above: A better overall strategy is to help constipation " from above" so to speak. Increased fluids, vegetables, salad, perhaps a daily spoonful of metamucil are all helpful. Add in a daily dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or mineral oil and you should be able to have soft daily stools. Using glycerin suppository is safe, however, if the above strategies aren't helping. ...Read more

Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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Which probiotic strain would you recommend for IBS-C or chronic idiopathic constipation? And how much of it?

Which probiotic strain would you recommend for IBS-C or chronic idiopathic constipation? And how much of it?

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better or a specific type is best. It safer to look for MIXED probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How safe is barium sulfate suspension for CT scan? I have SVT, high blood press, chronic constipation & idiopathic hives. Any precautions to take?

How safe is barium sulfate suspension for CT scan? I have SVT, high blood press, chronic constipation & idiopathic hives. Any precautions to take?

Keep it moving: And of those issues, only constipation would seem to be of concern. Barium itself can be constipating; it even can solidify stool. Yeah. So be consistent with the treatment you've been prescribed - (don't overdo, tho) preferably fiber, psyllium, PEG (miralax) etc. rather than stimulant laxatives. Keep it moving till the barium's outta there. ...Read more

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How come I have chronic constipation?

How come I have chronic constipation?

There are series of : Tests sometimes requiring biopsies to diagnose the etiology of constipation. Unfortunately its not a simple answer. You need to see a GI doctor to do a complete history annd physical and appropriate tests need to be done to dignose your condition. ...Read more

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What can I do about chronic constipation?

What can I do about chronic constipation?

Hydrate/fiber: Best is 2 b sure u r well hydrated and get on a high fiber diet and fiber supplements if needed. If no help c ur md or consult a dietitian. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation. what can i doabout that.

I have chronic constipation. what can i doabout that.

See below: Constipation can present in several ways in general we would not expect constipation to present itself in an association with your menstruation. Several questions would help diagnose your problem. To include how often you normally move your bowels. Do you normally have a problem with constipation. Do you normally have pain in your pelvic and lower back area when you're constipated. Is your menstruation regular? Was this menstruation worse than your usual? Do you usually have cramping and discomfort at the time of your menstruation? A good rule of thumb in evaluating your bowel moment would include: bowel movement 1 to 3 times a day, the consistency of a banana, possibly floating, and six inches to a foot long. Other possibilities and more likely based on the small amount of data that I presently have is that you're having some type of hormone imbalance. Would suggest saliva testing to include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. We would be happy to further discuss this issue in the concierge service at https://www.healthtap.com/dr-stevenfergusonmd ...Read more

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I think I have onset of chronic constipation, what to do?

I think I have onset of chronic constipation, what to do?

Prevent it.: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more

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What can I do for chronic constipation (for the last few years)?

What can I do for chronic constipation (for the last few years)?

Likely done it all!: After years of dealing with constipation, you've probably tried everything anyone can think of to tell you without knowing your history. If you've already been through this with your primary care doctor, then consider seeing a gastroenterologist. There may be more going on than just needing more fiber and water in your diet. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic constipation, what's wrong with me?

Help! I've been having chronic constipation, what's wrong with me?

Constipation : You might have low thyroid function. You could also have a magnesium deficiency. There are other possibilities, but these are the toe I see most often in my practice. See a doctor for evaluation. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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I have what i'm told is chronic constipation. What are good ways to treat this?

I have what i'm told is chronic constipation. What are good ways to treat this?

See a GI: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated so increase water, juice etc. See a GI specialist to rule out another cause of your problem. Supplements can then be added until you have regular bms. Very rarely you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more