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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What are gentle remedies for constipation?

What are gentle remedies for constipation?

Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read more

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Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation celiac: Celiac disease may have no GI symptoms, and may present with fatigue and anemia, bur classical symptoms are pale loose and greasy stools and weight loss, abdominal pain and cramps and distension, ulcers in the mouth.It can lead to lactose intolerance and may give symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like constipation alternating with diarrhea, but it is not that common presentation. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is constipation?

What sort of disease is constipation?

Trouble pooping: Constipation is caused by a multitude of causes, but essentially it is the symptom where someone has trouble passing bowel movements. ...Read more

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Why do so many doctors treat constipation as if it were a minor condition?

Why do so many doctors treat constipation as if it were a minor condition?

Lack understanding: Constipation is not as simple as many doctors think. The route cause needs to be evaluate especially if someone does not respond readily to dietary modifications, osmotic laxatives or stimulants. There are a variety of medical conditions and learned behaviors that can give rise to it as well as abnormalities in the pelvic floor in both men and women. Careful evaluation can determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is there a specific condition with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

Is there a specific condition with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

May be IBS?: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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I have a 7months old baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard feces he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better ?

I have a 7months old  baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard feces he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better ?

Options: In early infancy, bananas, applesauce & cereals are prime constipating agents.Lowering amount of intake can help reduce the effect. The fruit juices like apple, peach, prune,pear will loosen stools. Any change takes 3-4 days to show benefit. ...Read more

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Help! could stage 3 kidney disease cause constipation?

Help! could stage 3 kidney disease cause constipation?

Yes: The diet/medications that we use for people with stage 3 ckd can cause constipation. Use of metamucil or its generic equivalent is generally all that's needed to overcome this. However, this can worsen as the kidney disease progresses. Since the colon is responsible for up to 60% of potassium excretion in patients with advanced kidney disease, you need to work closely with your doc to avoid this. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause chronic severe constipation instead of diarrhea?

Can celiac disease cause chronic severe constipation instead of diarrhea?

Unlikely: Celiac disease is secondary to damage to the lining of small intestine. Classic symptoms are diarrhea and weight loss. A small percent of patient may have constipation but not severe. Common causes of severe constipation are meds induced, diet related, not drinking enough fluids, and metabolic changes. Colonic inertia is another cause which requires a detailed workup. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is a more serious condition: constipation or fecal incontinence?

What is a more serious condition: constipation or fecal incontinence?

Both situations: Are not healthy for an individual on a chronic basis. Neither should be ignored if the condition is chronic or more than just occasional. See your primary doctor and if necessary they will refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Can I get a prion disease from eating calf brains or only by handling uncooked ones?

Can I get a prion disease from eating calf brains or only by handling uncooked ones?

Either potentially: Cooking does not inactivate the malfolded infectious prion protein nor does formalin treatment. It was shown decades ago that brain in formalin for years could transmit cjd. ...Read more

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If increased straining causes diverticular disease then why don't websites list it as a complication of constipation along with hemorrhoids?

If increased straining causes diverticular disease then why don't websites list it as a complication of constipation along with hemorrhoids?

Routinely incomplete: Primary driver diverticuli is constipation, delaying emptying (not straining) & largely subconscious. Straining just another symptom, after the fact & occasional. Many factors involved in constipation including lack of activity, low fiber (soluble fiber binds water slowing colon re-absorption), etc. Docs don't know everything, medical advice usually oversimplified/incomplete, usual human behavior! ...Read more

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Constipation and diarrhea for over 8 weeks now, i got a blood test for celiacs disease, but they said it was just fibre. What else could it be?

Constipation and diarrhea for over 8 weeks now, i got a blood test for celiacs disease, but they said it was just fibre. What else could it be?

Many causes: By far, celiac disease is the lowest in the list of possibility in a person with a 8-week history of constipation and diarrhea . Have your traveled to the developing world shortly before this happened? You need to consult a gastroenterologist if you family doctor cannot provide you with an answer. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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