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I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

I don't have health insurance but battling laxative abuse and disordered eating. What can I do I beat this?

Depression: I commend you for being open about your disordered eating and Laxative abuse.
Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds even for eating and using laxatives.
Set a goal of Becoming Captain of your overwhelming feelings, not VICTIM.
Believe in healing Powers of your body and speak aloud;
"Disordered eating and Laxative abuse are harmful" ...Read more

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Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Please explain who should I seek help from re laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Find a therapist: Who specializes in eating disorders and work with them on the laxative abuse. There are also day and inpatient programs for bulimia whare all aspects of the disorder can be addressed by a team of therapists and doctors. ...Read more

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Loud gurgling noises that go constantly before and after eating. I also have constipation which im taking a laxative for. What could be the cause? Help

Loud gurgling noises that go constantly before and after eating. I also have constipation which im taking a laxative for. What could be the cause? Help

Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Pain in upper abdominal after eating. I am a purger and laxative abuser could I have caused damage?

Yes: You could have caused damage to your upper stomach or esophagus by forceful vomiting. Get to a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I seek help from regarding laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

What kind of doctor should I seek help from regarding laxative abuse (part of my eating disorder)?

Eating disorder: A Psychiatrist & Psychologist or Mental Health worker specializing in treating Eating disorders. ...Read more

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I am recovering from an eating disorder what can I take when I get constipated with out it being a laxative to help pass the stool?

I am recovering from an eating disorder what can I take when I get constipated with out it being a laxative to help pass the stool?

Speak with your doc: Laxatives are dangerous for people recovering from eating disorders. Your best bet is trying to change your diet to include more natural laxatives like prunes, fruits and veggies and fiber. If that does not help your doctor may have non habit forming suggestions. ...Read more

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It was recommended by my therapist that, because I've had disordered eating and had purged in various methods (laxative misuse, overexercise) that I see my doctor to do a check up. What tests, etc. Might that entail?

Test follow PE: The tests that your doctor will order will depend on your history and your physical exam. They most likely will include routine blood tests such as complete blood count and differential, liver and renal tests, thyroid function and perhaps a few others but those are pretty much the essentials. You most probably will also be give a urine test and perhaps stool examination. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in @ a week. Have been eating bland foods no meat because of nausea what kind of laxative do I take would stool softner wk?

Haven't had bowel movement in @ a week. Have been eating bland foods no meat because of nausea what kind of laxative do I take would stool softner wk?

SEE A DOCTOR: Constipation could be a very normal thing to happen but no bm for a week and the beginning of nausea it could make me worry
you need to see your doctor specially if you never had a colonoscopy it will help screening you for colon cancer and will help your doctor figure out why you are having problem and how he can fix it
everybody should have it by the age of fifty. ...Read more

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Can you eat dairy after taking laxitive?

Can you eat dairy after taking laxitive?

Sure. Why question?: The information you provided is insufficient to give you an educated guess, but you have raised several issues: 1) on what basis do you eliminate anything (corn, gluten, dairy) from your diet & what do you hope to gain from doing so? 2) why do you need a laxative & what evaluation have you had? 3) what underlying meds are you taking /diseases you have (autoimmune, diabetes...). ...Read more

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What should I do if the prep laxitive doesn't work?

What should I do if the prep laxitive doesn't work?

I assume you: Are talking about prep for colonoscopy. It can't be done without appropriate prep, so contact your doctor before the procedure date. You might need something stronger. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a laxitive to lose effect?

Depends on the type: You can usually expect a result in 8 to 24 hours. If taking bulk laxatives like psyllium husk ensure that you are well hydrated as well or you may have the opposite effect. ...Read more

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I developed a fever after taking laxitive. Is this dangerous?

I developed a fever after taking laxitive. Is this dangerous?

Very unlikely: There is no direct known connection between use of otc laxatives and fever. Having said that, it is possible that the reason you feel the need to take it, could be the result of any number of conditions that may have fever as a component symptom. Any long term bowel changes without other explanation should be checked by your primary care physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can exsesive laxitive use cause gastro priestess and motility problems?

Can exsesive laxitive use cause gastro priestess and motility problems?

Yes but why?: It can cause more problems then you just mentioned. Stop taking right away and discuss this with a doctor please... ...Read more

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24 yr f, always only had 1 bm every 3-4 wk still have to take laxitive, eat only healthy, +fobt, colonscopy only showed hemerrhoids, what could it be?

24 yr f, always only had 1 bm every 3-4 wk still have to take laxitive, eat only healthy, +fobt, colonscopy only showed hemerrhoids, what could it be?

Chronic constipation: As hard as it is to believe, if this has been your lifelong pattern, it is the pattern you are stuck with. If you want to go more frequently (you didn't mention any discomfort) you should use a blend of laxatives including fiber -30grams/day- a stool softener, an osmotic and perhaps a mild stimulant. Drink 8 glasses of water/day and exercise. If no one has checked TSH it is a consideration. ...Read more

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Do laxitive pills contain dairy wheat or sugar? I haven't been using the bathroom in weeks idk what to do

More info: Please let us know the specific product you are referring to - so that contents can be checked. Re-ask. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a laxitive if I have coxsackie virus?

Laxative: I wpould refrain from taking a laxative because it is possible that you may develop diarrhea ...Read more

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Is it ok to take bistical laxitive day before gastric emptying scan?

Is it ok to take bistical laxitive day before gastric emptying scan?

Bisacodyl: Yes, you can take Bisacodyl the day prior to a gastric emptying scan. It should not affect gastric emptying. However, you wouldn't want to take Reglan (metoclopramide) or Erythromycin prior to a gastric emptying scan, as they will influence the results. ...Read more

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Can my 5 year old take 1 ducolax laxitive tablet to relieve constipation of 6 days?

Can my 5 year old take 1 ducolax laxitive tablet to relieve constipation of 6 days?

Miralax is better: Hi, Miralax is preferred for constipation in children his age, less cramping, better tolerance, not absorbed. ...Read more

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I had a colonscopy 8 days ago and have had no movement, is this normal I have used a laxitive tea that worked very well in the past with no help

I had a colonscopy 8 days ago and have had no movement, is this normal I have used a laxitive tea that worked very well in the past with no help

This: This is not normal. You need to call the doctor that performed the colonoscopy. However, if you have abdominal pain and/or an extremely hard stomach, fever, nausea, or vomiting you should present to the emergency room to rule out a bowel obstruction.
All the best. ...Read more

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My wife has had a pain in her stomach for 24 he's now that she describes as knots. We have tried a laxitive with no relief and it seems pain is worse?

My wife has had a pain in her stomach for 24 he's now that she describes as knots. We have tried a laxitive with no relief and it seems pain is worse?

Medical exam needed.: Understandably you are concerned for your wife, yet without further history & medical exam any proposed answer for her situation is but a guess. Pain lasting greater than 24 hours without an obvious cause bears closer examination--especially since you have attempted to self treat for constipation in a reasonable manner for probably the most common cause for abdominal discomfort. Call your md. ...Read more

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My two year old found and ate a bit of a choco laxitive will she be ok? She weighs about 26lbs and doesn't have a problem going to the bathroom she is asleep and seems fine but im very worried

My two year old found and ate a bit of a choco laxitive will she be ok? She weighs about 26lbs and doesn't have a problem going to the bathroom she is asleep and seems fine but im very worried

Anytime: Anytime a child eats or drinks something they should not have such as a medication, cleaner, or non-food item, it's a good idea to place a call to the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. They have the most up-to-date information and in fact are one of the resources emergency room doctors use when a child comes in sick because of something non-food related they ate. They can often tell you whether you need to worry or not and what to do. The good news is that odds are, your child will just have loose stools for a day or two, but it's worth placing the call since it's better to be safe than sorry.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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No bm/2+ wks, normal is 1 bm every 2-3 wks. Some discomfort, not using laxitive that cause bad pain stool sftner take 4+ days. No bm w/ fiber, advice?

No bm/2+ wks, normal is 1 bm every 2-3 wks. Some discomfort, not using laxitive that cause bad pain stool sftner take 4+ days. No bm w/ fiber, advice?

Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Transit time through your colon must be very slow and your colon reabsorbs water making the stool firm and hard. Fiber may only bulk things up worse if you have slow transit time. Try miralax, (polyethylene glycol) over the counter, as it works by keeping water in the stool making it easier to move through and keeping the stools soft. ...Read more

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Can a gastric bypass patient take correctol laxitive?

Can a gastric bypass patient take correctol laxitive?

Short term: Constipation is fairly common after gastric bypass. Correctal laxative is ok for a short course. Long term constipation is best managed with fiber or miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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I haven't pooped in several days. I tryed chocolate laxitive and suppository and hasn't helped. What else can I try? I normally poop every day

I haven't pooped in several days. I tryed chocolate laxitive and suppository and hasn't helped. What else can I try? I normally poop every day

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): If you are otherwise healthy, try miralax (polyethylene glycol) once. If that is not helpful, see an MD and review any diet changes, medications you have taken, including vitamins, and consider getting your thyroid checked. ...Read more

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Hi im currentlly have been taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) for about two 3 days but I don't feel like its helping is it dangerous to try another type of laxitive?

Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. Are your symptoms acute or chronic? Blocked? Gut sluggish or is your rectum dysfunctional? Trauma, bleeding, pain, weight loss, history of colitis/infection? Don't keep self medicating--ask your doctor for help. ...Read more

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If I don't take a laxitive I will go 7 days without a bowel movement. How do I get more bowel movements?

If I don't take a laxitive I will go 7 days without a bowel movement. How do I get more bowel movements?

Check with family dr: You probably need to increase water and fiber decrease caffeine but might need different stool softeners as well there are some more serious problems so I would check with your dr. ...Read more

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Dx with cdiff last week & started flagyl. No bowel movements at all in 5 days, is it ok to take laxitive with cdiff?

Dx with cdiff last week & started flagyl. No bowel movements at all in 5 days, is it ok to take laxitive with cdiff?

Questionable C. diff: These seems quite unusual, because C. diff is characterized by LOADS of diarrhea. I wonder if you are eating and drinking? Also if you have abdominal pain or fevers - which would mean you need to see a doctor right away. Rarely C. diff can cause an 'ileus' but seems unlikely. If you want to try the laxative, that would be fine - there shouldn't be any interaction with the metronidazole you're on. ...Read more