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Enema Vs Laxative
Diarrhea : Commonly both are not needed but if necessary canne used together. ...Read more
Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Depends on cause: Laxative dependency develops for lots of reasons: 1) desire for rapid weight loss/ eating disorders; 2) reduction of GI symptoms of bloating/fullness; 3) in the setting of colon & rectal dysfunction (e.g. Colonic inertia, rectal dyssynergia, spinal cord injuries); 4) a misguided sense that "cleansing" in good for you; 5) more... First, fix/ address the underlying problem. 2nd, stop otc laxatives. ...Read more
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Types of abusers: Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. ...Read more
I am experiencing severe constipation I have tried laxatives, enemas, and diet change and nothing has brought lasting results
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. See your doctor if no improvement with abo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
94yo /c obstruction d/t impaction. Not a surgical candidate. Receiving oral laxatives, enemas. Now with copious copremesis. Prognosis?
Last bm was 2/4. Dr prescribed laxative and it did not work. Just used an enema and bm was enema fluid & blood tinged white mucus. What else can I do?
Daily fiber...: Make sure you have adequate fiber and fluid intake. Metamucil or similar 1-2 times daily with a full glass of water is a good start along with regular exercise. If this does not help then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 1 capful in a glass of water 1-2 times daily would be next. If this does not work you should see your doctor. If you have blood in your stool, vomiting or weight loss you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Haven't had stool pass in over a week. Tried laxatives enema prunes. How long ok to wait before worrying?
Check it out: 2-5 stools per day normal. You are way behind. May want to see your doc. ...Read more
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