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Fiber Makes Poop Hard
Plenty of fiber- foods of vegetable, fruit, whole grains; Drink 80oz of water, exercise regularly. I also poop once a day. Why do I still get hard poo?
Age: Part of the issue is age the motility slows. Drink more water and or apple or prune juice
After a hard digest hard poops & large. Stomach hurts from pushing it out. Anything I should do after? I barely exercise or eat fiber/vitamins
Do that - and more..: Exercising regularly, eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits, along with adequate hydration with water, can go a long way to improving regulation and consistency of bowel movements. However, if this is a chronic problem, please see your doctor for a complete evaluation and recommendations. Also get clearance from doctor before starting an exercise regimen. Hope this helps. Best!
Can stress make you constipated? I drink enough water and get enough fiber. Usually my poop is fine but when I'm stressed out it gets harder/dryer
Rectal pain when pooping. Occasional bleeding w/ hard stool. High fiber diet. Certain points of pain. Feel like I always have to go. Problem for 2week?
My Daughter screams and vomits while having bowel movements. Her bowels are not hard and she has fiber daily but now there are blood spots in her poop?
Stool: This sounds serious please take her to a doctor to check her out. Constipation does not seem to be the problem as you said.
Colostomy output is hard, formed pieces of stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time. Getting fiber and fluids. Possible causes?
Been constipated 2 days and my stool is hard to see when I go kind of blurry my diet is bad do I need more water and fiber?
Now matter how much water and fiber I take, I'm always dehydrated, causing my stool to be hard and dark. Solutions?
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.See 1 more doctor answer
Daughter is 18 months she been having a hard. Time passing stool it always hard she ripes all the time she has fiber lots of water prunes no luck?
Constipation: Cut down on the milk and milk products and the juices, especially the apple juice which is constipating. If those measures don't work try using Maralax to soften up the stoolSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic dry, hard stool and go 4-6d/wk that started 6 mo ago. Fiber&fluid only s/w help. How often is this the only sign of colorectal cancer?
Very rarely. The: Whole point of most cancers, & many other diseases (such as arterial disease which ~50% of population has started by later childhood), is that there are no symptoms, the whole point of focusing on other indicators such as colonoscopies for colon cancer, BEFORE symptomatic.
I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?
Pain &bright blood w hard BM. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better, still little bump left side of anus. Is this fissure? No HPV- scared cancer
Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?
Yes. See your doctor: Your doctor will give you medication to clean out your intestine. Then you'll take a bulk laxative for at least 6 months to have peanut-butter consistency stools at least every other day. Sit on the toilet nightly for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after dinner. Chronic constipation causes anal fissures, hemorrhoids & stretches the walls of the colon, causing diverticulosis & diverticulitis later.
Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better, still little bump left side of anus. Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer
Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.
Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?
Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance.
I no I don't drink at lot of water my stool is very hard and I strain a lot. Went to doctor jan said need fiber. Insert my hand and I felt something hard like a bump. Can it be my feces that hard help.
Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?
Not necessarily: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe medication like Linzess, if laxatives aren't working.
My 89 yr dad has been having small and hard bowel movements. He's tried fiber and stool softeners. His pcp wants him to have a colonoscopy. Advice?
Finger rectal: Exaam & check first. Wrong to do a endoscopic exams but the prep may be tough on an 89-year-old a simple ct scan may be sufficient.