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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

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
2,474 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 routine for timing of bowel movements
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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 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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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more