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Can you be constipated and still have bowel movements?

Can you be constipated and still have bowel movements?

Yes as: Constipation rfers not just to infrequent bm's but also dry hard pelletized stool daily is also constipation. Get your fluids up to 80-100oz per day of caffeine free/alcohol free and you should improve. ...Read more

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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Constipated but still have small bowel movements with a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Could I be impacted?

Constipated but still have small bowel movements with a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Could I be impacted?

Possible: You could check yourself with a glove to find out. Try NaturalCalmcan get on internet it's a magnesium product you can titrate till you pass the lumps. Be sure they come out because diarrhea will pass an obstruction. Then when clean you cN back odd untilyou have banana shaped stool without straining ...Read more

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I have used suppositories but still haven't had a bowel movement. This isn't my normal constipation, I'm having pain in left lower back what is this?

I have used suppositories but still haven't had a bowel movement. This isn't my normal constipation, I'm having pain in left lower back what is this?

Constipation causes: There are myriad causes including some very nasty ones which cannot be addressed in 400 spaces. Make a virtual appt to begin and see a doc to have a real workup after! ...Read more

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5w old supplemented baby constipated 1 big bowel movement after rectal stimulation a small bowel movement with suppository 2xday Karo syrup still pain?

5w old supplemented baby constipated 1 big bowel movement after rectal stimulation a small bowel movement with suppository 2xday Karo syrup still pain?

TRY PRUNE JUICE: Do not routinely stimulate. Give 15 ml prune juice wi15 ml water once a day. Do this daily for 5-7 days until regulaand use it as needed but don't wait too long after the baby skips a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Have a nagging urge to have a bowel movement, but can't go. It is not constipation as I am still regular. Ocasional red bright blood appears in stools.

Call your physician: Hemorrhoids is a common condition caused by straining during bowel movements. Lifestyle modifications, medications and/or surgical procedures are necessary for treatment. Common symptoms of hemorrhoids may be a sign of other serious health problems like colon or rectal cancer and other conditions. Call your physician for evaluation and screening. ...Read more

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How serious is constipation seen on CT scan with contrast? How long do I wait to go in if still no bowel movement?

How serious is constipation seen on CT scan with contrast? How long do I wait to go in if still no bowel movement?

Constipation: What was seen on the ct scan was fecal retention. Lots of stool in the colon. Seeing this on the ct does not make the constipation worse, it is the severity of your symptoms that determines the significance. Barium based contrast from the ct may be constipating. Drinking lots of fluids and eating fruits and vegetables for fiber can help get things moving. A stool softener like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) may help. ...Read more

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My 6 month old is constipated. No bowel movement in 3 days, he's not happy, not playing much, still breastfeeding on schedule. What can I do?

My 6 month old is constipated. No bowel movement in 3 days, he's not happy, not playing much, still breastfeeding on schedule. What can I do?

Constipated: The important thing to remember is that breast fed babies can go as long as a week without having a stool. This is considered normal for breast fed babies and not constipation. ...Read more

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After every bowel movement I feel like there's more stool but I don't have any urge to pass it, still have random dull stomach pains. Constipation?

After every bowel movement I feel like there's more stool but I don't have any urge to pass it, still have random dull stomach pains. Constipation?

Constipation: Most common cause of constipation is your diet. Foods that absorb water in colon or have a lot of pectin in them lead to hard, dry stool. They are the grains - rice, barley, wheat, green peas -, bananas, milk. Eliminate those for a few days and the constipation frequently goes away. ...Read more

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After 6years of my goal bladder surgery I am still having irregular bowel movement, loose stool and constipation why/?

After 6years of my goal bladder surgery I am still having irregular bowel movement, loose stool and constipation why/?

Dysbiotic Flora???: I would seriously look at the diet of food you are eating and also consider adding some supplements of probiotics. You should be evaluated by a doctor if you have not already to look at stomach issues. Often when you have both diarrhea and constipation this can indicate a low level of chronic inflammation in your intestinal tract. Sometimes supplements of digestive enzymes can help this problem. ...Read more

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I feel constipated but my stool is soft, but I am still unable to have a good bowel movement. It's been 4 wks. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. What else can I do?

I feel constipated but my stool is soft, but I am still unable to have a good bowel movement. It's been 4 wks. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. What else can I do?

Could: Increase exercise, fluids and fiber intake. Minimize hard and dry food. See your doctor and consider addition of stool softners or increase dose of Mira lax and your doctor may consider colonoscopy ...Read more

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Will Miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation from pain meds? I'm taking 2 doses/day and I'm still not having regular bowel movements. Can I increase? Senna did not work. Fleets enema on sunday with good results

Will Miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation from pain meds? I'm taking 2 doses/day and I'm still not having regular bowel movements. Can I increase? Senna did not work. Fleets enema on sunday with good results

Constipation: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good choice. Use daily per label directions. Increase fluid intake and fresh fruits/vegetables. Get plenty of exercise if you can. Activity helps keep things moving. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a back issue and am constipated. I took 4 colace (docusate sodium) stool softeners and still have not had a bowel movement, its been 3 days, should I try the?

I have a back issue and am constipated. I took 4 colace (docusate sodium) stool softeners and still have not had a bowel movement, its been 3 days, should I try the?

Continue the colace (docusate sodium): If you are taking pain medications for the back issue, you can become rather constipated due to them. Therefore I recommend that anyone taking narcotic pain meds regularly take a stool softener.

I'd recommend continuing the colace, (docusate sodium) make sure to drink plenty of water, and you can add one other over the counter medication to help you have a bm such as mineral oil, senna, or dulcolax. ...Read more

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I've been on colace and miralax (polyethylene glycol) for about a week now and still no bowel movement. I was going before but ct scan showed I was constipated, since start?

I've been on colace and miralax (polyethylene glycol) for about a week now and still no bowel movement. I was going before but ct scan showed I was constipated, since start?

Constipation: Easier/better to prevent constipation w/more fiber, fluids & exercise than to treat. Basics remain same tho: fiber supplements plus lots of water, then medications. Stool softeners then laxatives of various types. Colace is brand of docusate stool softener. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is brand of osmotic laxative that's safe enough that it's used as bowel prep. Try prune juice, magnesium, senna, bisacodyl or enema. ...Read more

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6yr old girl stomach pains around belly button. No fever, mouthful of vomit. Extended tummy. Been constipated. Bowel movement today still sore. Worry?

6yr old girl stomach pains around belly button. No fever, mouthful of vomit. Extended tummy. Been constipated. Bowel movement today still sore. Worry?

Extended=distended?: Probably constipation/fecal impaction. Chronic constipation is not healed by one bowel movement. There could be some relief with lactulose, but you will need to consult for chronic treatment. Could also be mesenterial adenitis - although more likely if there was fever. Mesenterial adenitis normally due to viral infection - only symptomatic treatment. ...Read more

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Difficulty with bowel movements..... ALWAYS constipated and very hard and painful.?

Difficulty with bowel movements..... ALWAYS constipated and very hard and painful.?

Start with basics:: Drink at least 8 large glasses of water a day, eat raw vegetable and fruit every day, take probiotics or eat yogurt or kefir every day, eat high fiber grains like whole wheat, flax meal, wheat germ, etc and take a fiber supplement nightly, add a magnesium supplement 300-400mg daily, and cut back on cheese and processed foods. If still problems, try docusate stool softener, then see your doc! ...Read more

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I'm extremely constipated and have been for years. What can I do to have more bowel movements?

I'm extremely constipated and have been for years. What can I do to have more bowel movements?

Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently. ...Read more

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I want to have bowel movement in morning. There is no constipation. The time varies. Please advise.

I want to have bowel movement in morning. There is no constipation. The time varies. Please advise.

Regular bowel moveme: Eat healthy, incorporate fiber in the diet with 8 cups of liquid per/day and every day morning spend time to have bowel movement, train it every day it may help to get into that habit. ...Read more

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Might eating very small amounts throughout the day cause very few bowel movements or constipation?

Might eating very small amounts throughout the day cause very few bowel movements or constipation?

Depends: As long as u include fruits, veggies & fiber it should help. Also u must remain well hydrated. The lower bowel or colon reabsorbs fluid from the toll & if ur body says hey I need water, the colon is going 2 respond by extracting more water & make u more constipated. Well hydrated can b seen in ur urine. If it is dark u need water, hydrate until almost clear. Dietitian consult would b a good idea. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left side before bowel movement. Pain goes away when done. Have had recent constipation.?

Pain in lower left side before bowel movement. Pain goes away when done. Have had recent constipation.?

Fluids, Fiber: Sounds like you've got hard stools, which can be painful. I suggest 1-2 tablespoons full of psyllium husks (Metamucil, Konsyl) in a glass of water. Drink it fast, as it will turn to sludge in your glass, otherwise. Follow with another glass of water. We should consume enough fiber to have an easy bowel movement at least once/day. If you need some stimulation, try magnesium--500-1, 000 mg/day. ...Read more

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How can you get a normal bowel movement? What kind of diet? Some days I feel constipated and others ill really have to go.

How can you get a normal bowel movement? What kind of diet? Some days I feel constipated and others ill really have to go.

Fiber!: Most people do not have adequate fiber intake. Try Metamucil daily, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water and exercise should help your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I get myself to have normal daily bowel movements when I'm constipated and haven't had a normal bm in almost a month?

How can I get myself to have normal daily bowel movements when I'm constipated and haven't had a normal bm in almost a month?

More fiber and water: You really need to review the foods you're eating daily -- this determines how well your bowel can function. You need plenty of vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits in your diet, along with plenty of water -- at least 8, 8 oz glasses of pure water daily. Probiotics are good, esp if containing >one strain of "good" bacteria. Consider seeing a nutritionist re possible food sensitivities also. ...Read more

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I'm having some constipation pain lower left side its dull but my bowel movements have also been green for the past 4 days. Why?

I'm having some constipation pain lower left side its dull but my bowel movements have also been green for the past 4 days. Why?

AbdPainconstipation: This has few possibilities. 1- constipation causing pain in which case the solution is to resolve the constipation. 2- irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. 3- severe colitis or infection of colon of some type. 4- more seriously tumor or other causes of colon obstruction. Either of these you need to see your primary who would likely refer you to gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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After being constipated for about a month, I have being having a constant feeling of having to have a bowel movement. What can this be?

After being constipated for about a month, I have being having a constant feeling of having to have a bowel movement. What can this be?

Possibly....: Other people with similar symptoms have found that they go away after a week or so, after the bowel is fully recovered from long standing constipation. Others discover that they have irritable bowel syndrome, and feel better after being treated for that. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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I have problem of constipation and bowel movements. Its not regular and have to sit for hours on comode. I have tried lot many things but of no avail.

Fiber and fluids: Try adding a fiber supplement such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or similar, and increase your fluid intake. You might consider taking a magnesium capsule at bedtime. Usually this helps with constipation and also helps with sleep. If you're taking vitamin d don't take at same time as magnesium since vitamin d increases magnesium absorption. ...Read more

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Normal colonoscopy 6 days ago. No bowel movement yet. Constipation not unusual for me. Any need for concern?

Normal colonoscopy 6 days ago. No bowel movement yet. Constipation not unusual for me. Any need for concern?

No: Lack of a bowel movement 6 days after colonoscopy in a patient who often gets constipation isn't too unusual.
I would suggest the usual measures to promote a normal bowel movement. See my Checklist "Treating Constipation" and go to: http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm Increase
water intake, fiber supplement, dried fruit like prunes or apricots, more physical activity. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a mucus like substance come out when I have bowel movements? I am a very constipated person.

Is it normal to have a mucus like substance come out when I have bowel movements? I am a very constipated person.

It's normal: Many people pass mucus during bowel movements and it's nothing to worry about. As far as the constipation is concerned, stool softeners, fiber-rich foods and increased fluid intake can help the problem. If you notice blood in your stool, weight loss, abdominal pain or continued constipation, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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