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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Overview)

Constipation is difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools.


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What are the symptoms of constipation?

What are the symptoms of constipation?

Fluid and fiber: 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. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
2,517 doctors shared insights

Constipation (Overview)

Constipation is difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools.


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What are the complications of constipation?

What are the complications of constipation?

Depends on cause: Hard stools may damge the anal canal and cause fissures and ulceration. Chronic consitpation may lead to impaction and intestinal obstruction. For more info see this site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/constipation/ds00063. ...Read more

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Constipation (Tip)

Increasing dietary fiber is good for more than treating constipation. Fiber also lowers dietary fat. ...See more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Increase hydration
Daily
Increase fiber intake
Daily
Avoid constipating foods
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Try to establish a routine for the timing of bowel movements
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What are some non-drug treatments for Constipation?

What are some non-drug treatments for Constipation?

The non drug treatments for Constipation include:: Biofeedback, Diet changes, Health education, Increase fiber in diet, Drinking water, Behavior therapy. ...Read more

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How does constipation pain feel?

How does constipation pain feel?

Constipation: It feels like uncomfortable pressure in your lower rectum. ...Read more

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How does constipation pain feel?

Constipation: It feels like uncomfortable pressure in your lower rectum. ...Read more

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My 17 y/o symptoms constipation long narrow stools light brown trouble burping pressure below left rib cage no pain. Is this colon cancer/splenomegaly?

My 17 y/o symptoms constipation long narrow stools light brown trouble burping pressure below left rib cage no pain. Is this colon cancer/splenomegaly?

Get him SEEN!: I believe that this at least the fourth time you have asked this question. Please forgive my frankness and impatience. You need to stop asking the health care team, who cannot answer this, and do right by your son. To continue to write us when your boy needs to see a physician in real life is to do a disservice to him, to us, and to yourself. ...Read more

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What are the signs of constipation and treatment in elderly?

Many symptoms : Elderly it could cause many symptoms including loss of appetite, abdominal pain, mental confusion, and even low grade fever ...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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Pubococcygeal muscles after masturbation stay contracted for even 2-3 weeks causing severe constipation. Diagnosis?

Pubococcygeal muscles after masturbation stay contracted for even 2-3 weeks causing severe constipation. Diagnosis?

Rarely if any...: Sex-related muscle contraction involves the whole body muscles, esp. those of vagina, urethra, & those near / around the pelvic floor; it is very unlikely to solitarily affect pubococcygeal muscles except there is some unusual neuromuscular disorders of that muscle, which got to be rare. So, before assuming what you described, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html so to. ...Read more

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Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

No good test: There is no good blood test for either constipation or colon cancer. In late colon cancer CEA levels are usually elevated, but there are other causes of elevated cea. ...Read more

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Sex 5 weeks ago. Took plan b. Two negative pregnancy tests. Constipation and slightly sore boobs. Expected period in a week. Am i pregnant?

Sex 5 weeks ago. Took plan b. Two negative pregnancy tests. Constipation and slightly sore boobs. Expected period in a week. Am i pregnant?

Not pregnant: You are not pregnant. Two tests tell you so, and you took Plan B, which is very effective. The soreness you mention is most likely due to the hormone fluctuations after taking plan b. ...Read more

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What causes constipation?

What causes constipation?

Many things: Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism.
The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta. ...Read more

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Off and on abdominal pains and symptoms; could it be the big c and don't mean constipation?

Off and on abdominal pains and symptoms; could it be the big c and don't mean constipation?

Of course, but...: Abdominal ca can present with a surprising variety of symptoms, but often is symptom free. The intermittency of your distress with predictable resolution of discomfort after flares is good news. Alarm signs & symptoms include: weight loss or gain (ascites), bleeding with stool or urine, or from vagina, signs of obstruction (unremitting vomiting). Time to see a doctor & get evaluated for reassurance. ...Read more

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Are there any situations when I should not treat constipation myself?

Are there any situations when I should not treat constipation myself?

Yes but rare at 25: Bleeding with hard bms, also fever and worsening abdominal pain in conjunction with your constipation should make you seek help--they may be a sign of a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Chronic upper left ab pain. Been treated for severe constipation. Blood test and pelvic exam clear as was colonoscopy. What could be cause?

Chronic upper left ab pain. Been treated for severe constipation. Blood test and pelvic exam clear as was colonoscopy. What could be cause?

Need more info: It seems to be chronic constipation, but really need more info to be able to help you with this and these forums are very limited.

If your colonoscopy, pelvic exam and blood tests are negative, that is a good start. There are a few other imaging modalities, but the decision of which one really depends on knowing the whole story.

Definitely continue speaking with your doc. ...Read more

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What are some commonly-used medications for treating constipation?

Softeners/laxatives: Stool softeners are i.e. Colace or pericolace. Laxatives are many: magnesium citrate, milk of magnesia, senekot, dulcolax, enulose (lactulose), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) exlax. In severe constipation fleet enemas or micro enemas or a full enema are considered. If there is an impaction or blockage at the rectum (removal of stool) with a finger is indicated by a health care professional. Avoid mg or phos if ckd. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for constipation?

What is the treatment for constipation?

Most of the time...: Most of the time high-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites. ...Read more

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How to know what is the best way to cure constipation and how long does it take?

How to know what is the best way to cure constipation and how long does it take?

Fiber, water, fiber: The vast majority of constipation comes form inadequate fiber intake. In 3rd world countries with high fiber intakes, constipation related diseases like hemorrhoids, prolapse, diverticulosis and even colon cancers are at a much lower rate than in "big mac" cultures like ours. Fiber should be started slowly and advanced to a diff level for everyone, water has to come with it or you will mix cement. ...Read more

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How to get rid of constipation?

How to get rid of constipation?

Not easy: Some common sense advice- try drinking lots of liquids daily at least 6 – 8 glasses of water, add some prunes juice, try some over the counter stool softeners/ laxatives as needed.
If constipation gets worse, you may need to see a GI doc.
I guess some people just don't have a fast gastro-intestinal motility than others.
Make it a habit to poop daily. Otherwise, you will be full of s_ _ _ so they say. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how the drug amitriptyline causes constipation?

Can you please tell me how the drug amitriptyline causes constipation?

Bowel activity: Your bowel activity is regulated via autonomic tone, and neurotransmitter balance is part of this. Cholinergic impulses can make your bowel contract and move stool along. If anything disturbs these impulses, your bowel will become sluggish. Amitriptylene has strong anti-cholinergic properties -- so at a high enough dose, your bowel activity slows down. The result can be constipation. ...Read more

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I have lot if gas problem and ample amount of gas gets generated & some times I need to lay down & side wise to take it out constipation is thr as wel?

I have lot if gas problem and ample amount of gas gets generated & some times I need to lay down & side wise to take it out constipation is thr as wel?

Food choices: Intestinal gas and constipation suggest idiosyncratic intolerances of certain foods. The simple answer is to stop milk products with concern for lactose intolerance and to eat a small amount of oatmeal each morning to counteract constipation. A gastrointestinal specialist can discern if there is an underlying intestinal tissue disorder. ...Read more

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All 3 of my kids have constipation problems since birth. Is this normal?

Possibly: Some surgical causes of constipation are genetic and acn be passed on to one's children. A GI consult and barium enema are indicated as a start. ...Read more

Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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