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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more


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Chocolate oatmeal cooky causes constipation, how do I treat this?

Chocolate oatmeal cooky causes constipation, how do I treat this?

The fiber: From the oatmeal if eaten in excess without adequate fluid intake can cause constipation. Bump your fluids to 80-100 oz daily of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids and don't overdose on fiber. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause urine dark brown color?

Can constipation cause urine dark brown color?

Constipation: My first gut sense as a physician is that you must be dehydrated. Your body is trying to compensate by keeping ahold of as much fluid as possible. This can lead to constipation and dark urine.

Please begin drinking fluids until your urine returns to normal.

If you are not having any fevers or pain from the constipation one of the tricks is to drink three liters of fluids in one hour.

It works! ...Read more

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I eat like 6 bar of chocolate between sat and sun now im constipated can the chocolate bar cause it and my back hurt when I try to pioop what can I do?

I eat like 6 bar of chocolate between sat and sun now im constipated can the chocolate bar cause it and my back hurt when I try to pioop what can I do?

No wonder!: The 6 bars of chocolate give trhe clue. America is ovewhelmed by dietary mayhem that is causing many "strange" illnesses. Everything is laced wih sugar---no wonder we are addicted. Vitamin b1 deficiency is widespread because it is the "spark plug" that enables sugar to be processed. Stop sugar, alcohol and caffeine. ...Read more

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Can constipation make your stools look darker?

Can constipation make your stools look darker?

Not likely: The color of the stool is related to dietary intake and the quality of digestion in the upper GI tract. Constipation has its own misery but will not change the color that the stool would have become. ...Read more

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I take many medications for many things right now. I've struggled with constipation. Recently my stool was dark green and runny. What should I do?

I take many medications for many things right now. I've struggled with constipation. Recently my stool was dark green and runny. What should I do?

Rapid transit time: Bile is green in color and is a component of your stool. As it moves thru the gut it turns brown due to the action of intestinal bacteria on the bile. Green stool indicates that food has passed thru your intestines faster than usual and the stool hasn't had a chance to turn brown. For the various causes of this go to > http://abt. Cm/144EnVu ...Read more

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I have soft dark brown sticky stool for a past one month not regularly but oftentimes. Also usually suffer from constipation problem. Wht shld I do?

I have soft dark brown sticky stool for a past one month not regularly but oftentimes. Also usually suffer from constipation problem. Wht shld I do?

Recent change of BM?: If you over 50 y you need colonoscopy as prevention. If you younger and had recent changes of BM - it could be dietary, or other disorder os IBS... but review first your eating habits. Avoid processed food, ad more fresh produce and Yogurt, Kefir, almonds, fish, ... water. Avoid excess alcohol and try to exercise more. If any blood, mucous in stool - see MD promptly. Have Hemoccult test. ...Read more

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Hi, So I took 3 pieces of chocolate ex lax thinking it was normal chocolate and I am not constipated. Will it give me diarrhea? And how long will it take

Hi, So I took 3 pieces of chocolate ex lax thinking it was normal chocolate and I am not constipated. Will it give me diarrhea? And how long will it take

Anticipate that...: ...but since we don't know you, we can't estimate your drug response (onset of action or duration). I expect you should notice some cramping soon. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause very dark-- not black-- hardish stool in 9 month old? What else would?

Can constipation cause very dark-- not black-- hardish stool in 9 month old? What else would?

Constipation: Milk can be constipating. In your child the formula he is drinking can be constipating and dark because of the iron found in the formula. ...Read more

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Low grade pain and burning sensation and constipation for 2 weeks, sometimes stools are dark. What is it?

Low grade pain and burning sensation and constipation for 2 weeks, sometimes stools are dark. What is it?

Anal fissure: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea.
A fissure should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon.

You will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read more

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When is constipation, not constipation? My body sends signals I'm backed up but I'm only going fluid. Dark, green fluid. CT scans and XRays look good.

When is constipation, not constipation? My body sends signals I'm backed up but I'm only going fluid. Dark, green fluid. CT scans and XRays look good.

Water around the dam: When you are backed up, the stool act like a dam, blocking the way, only fluid will leak around your hard stool mass and come out the way you described.
you need to hydrate yourself very well
.Eat or drink prune, a lot of fibers and juices, take stools softener if you need it, exercise or walk as exercise. Keep your bowels regular ...Read more

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Blood test showed I have low iron so I take iron tablets 3 a day but I get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sick…?

Blood test showed I have low iron so I take iron tablets 3 a day but I get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sick…?

Not unusual.: It's not unusual to notice changes of the color or consistency of your stool after starting an iron supplement. There are multiple types of iron supplements, some of what you may tolerate better than others. If you would continue to have issues with this, contact the doctor that prescribed this for you and see if he/she would prefer to switch it to another formulation. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation since childhood. It's been a week I have morning stomachaches, my stool is soft sticky dark Green. (havn't eaten green vegetables)?

Chronic constipation since childhood. It's been a week I have morning stomachaches, my stool is soft sticky dark Green. (havn't eaten green vegetables)?

More Fiber And Water: Stools can vary in color in spite of diet. Most common cause of constipation is inadequate dietary fluid & fiber. Eating a well balanced diet: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts etc; combined with minimum water intake of 48 ounces (more is better) is best way to prevent constipation. Recommended daily fiber intake for adults is 38 grams for males, 26 grams for females. ...Read more

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Dark brown stool and constipation few weeks after laparoscopic surgery, normal?

Dark brown stool and constipation few weeks after laparoscopic surgery, normal?

Can be normal if...: This can be normal as long as the stools are not described as black and tarry in appearance (as this could indicate a slow bleed from the gastrointestinal tract). If constipation does not resolve or is accompanied by abdominal pain, lack of appetite, fever, or distention (swollen belly), then a follow up with the Gastroenterologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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Constipation followed by diarrhoea with dark coloured blood and mucous. Is this a sign of crohns? Fatigue & in lots of pain around naval

Constipation followed by diarrhoea with dark coloured blood and mucous. Is this a sign of crohns? Fatigue & in lots of pain around naval

Dark bloody stool: You should go to the ER today (preferably now). You can lose a lot of blood in stool. Can be inflammatory bowel like Crohns (pain may be lower) or bowel obstruction, or superior mesenteric artery oocculsion (usually older individuals) gastritis/ ulcer, meckels diverticulum, diverticulitis (usually left sided pain). Go to ER today ...Read more

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I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I'm not sure..: ..what "constipation of loose stool" is? I presume you mean you have loose stool, but infrequently. Usually we think infrequent stool of constipation is hard and difficult to pass. The key is more fiber in your diet: whole grains, cereals, brown rice, veggies. This will solidify it. If this doesn't help, see your doc. Some testing for malabsorption may be in order. Continue good fluid intake. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 35 y.o men. For the 4 last day I've had constipation and my urine is much darker color. I feel weaker, and has problem with gas bloating.

Hydration: Proper hydration is critical, providing no other medical issues. Urine color may be used with the goal as being clear to light yellow. That will definitely help with the constipation also. If, in spite of increasing your water intake, you still experience a tendency to constipation please mention it to your doctor, since further work up might be needed. ...Read more

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Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere. Blood? Rest of stool is brown, hard& soft.

Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere. Blood? Rest of stool is brown, hard& soft.

How is your diet?: Have you been taking NSAIDs (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.) if not, do you feel weak, lethargic, weight loss or not, hemorrhoids, any significan family history? . I recommend visiting your primary doctor for evaluation of blood in stool, if its positive, have them pursue an upper and lower endoscopy ...Read more

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Is dark green clay consistency poop in a 2 month old constipation? We have to help him poop also with stimulation and or juice.

Is dark green clay consistency poop in a 2 month old constipation? We have to help him poop also with stimulation and or juice.

Maybe: Someone could have loose funny colored green or clay colored stools from stool seeping around a fecal impaction.see pediatrician for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Over 1 month of constipation, dark stools (not black) and acid reflux every day. After finishing drugs for curing helicobacter. What's the problem?

Over 1 month of constipation, dark stools (not black) and acid reflux every day. After finishing drugs for curing helicobacter. What's the problem?

Patience: Helicobacter causes peptic ulcer disease and is treated with antibiotics along with acid blockers which should have helped your reflux symptoms. You may need to continue the acid blockers longer; your doc can advise. The bismuth (Pepto-Bismol) part of the treatment could have contributed dark stool. Do fecal occult blood test to reassure you're not bleeding, then push fluids, fiber, exercise. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been having stomach problems, between having diarrhea and constipation. Today I took a sample at these were grey/dark green clay looking, i?

Hi, I have been having stomach problems, between having diarrhea and constipation. Today I took a sample at these were grey/dark green clay looking, i?

Consult with your GP: How old are you? It is advisable to Consult with your GP for an examination. Your stools will need to be taken to the lab and your GP might also recommend a Colonoscopy or refer you to a Gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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