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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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Treating Constipation (Tip)

Treating Constipation

Increasing dietary fiber is good for more than treating constipation. Fiber also lowers dietary fat. ...See 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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Is a anorectal manometry useful to diagnose constipation? How do I prepare for the test? How long does the test take?

Is a anorectal manometry useful to diagnose constipation? How do I prepare for the test? How long does the test take?

It can be: It is one of a few tests, but more common for incontinence. Nothing to prepare for. Colonoscopy and colonic transit study and barium defocography are good tests for constipation. ...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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