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Home Remedies For Hard Stool
Use stool softener.: Both as treatment and prevention.Eat more fiber, drink more water and exercise more.Hemorrhoids are basically veins that have been injured by our bad habits.Don't let your stools become very hard, the job of the colon is to recover the fluid in the stool;if we do not drink enough water, or eat only highly processed food (no fiber) and don't exercise(the helper to bowel transit) we can expect problems. ...Read more
I have cronic constipation and diagnosed w ibs. I take amitiza (lubiprostone) but would prefer a treatment that provided a more normal stool and is less "urgent".
Ibs: If you have ibs and not happy with amitiza, (lubiprostone) you can try Linzess this is relatively new medication and many of my patients have good results. I would still take fiber supplement and increase exercise and hydration. Need to work closely with your GI if having other symptoms. ...Read more
Can c diff show up in stool test & have no symptoms other than constipation. Doc not in at time. Not sure if treatment needed. Toxin b present.
Yes-but no tx needed:
The latest c diff test that uses "pcr" (polymerase chain reaction) technology is 98-99% accurate. The test result may be reliable,
but, it's important that a skilled clinician examine and talk to the pt. Using their clinical judgement, if a pt has no diarrhea, high white blood cell count, and the test result is positive. You do not need therapy. Talk to the doctor re: specifics of your case. ...Read more
7" skin colored item passed from rectum after treatment of constipation. Solid, does not break up like stool. Able to lift out of toilet. Concern?
I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?
If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more
Try: Glycerine suppository and after insertion ly on your left side for 20 -30 minutes before trying to have a bm. You can repeat the suppository in 3-4 hours if no result from the first. Sometimes a mineral oil enema can also help, but if unsuccessful with the above consider a trip to your doctor or the er. ...Read more
Constipation: These symptoms sound like simple constipation. This can be related to diet, too little water intake, too little exercise or perhaps medications or irritable bowel syndrome. You should get plenty of fiber in your diet, plenty of water, exercise and take a stool softener. If your symptoms do not improve you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Maybe: This depends greatly on why the stool is hard, other medical problems, and what you have already used. The best remedy is plenty of water, which can help to soften stool. Physical activity can also help. Assuming no severe intestinal pathology, there is little reason to avoid stool softeners like docusate, or non-stimulant laxatives like miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
Constipation: Sounds like you might be describing constipation. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/basics/symptoms/con-20032773 for more info. Typically we recommend fiber, fluids & exercise. Also avoid things that can make constipation worse, such as many medications. There are many over-the-counter options failing the above but given that you're only 22yo, go see FamilyDoc b4 ...Read more
Fiber, hot baths: "rectal injury" from a large hard stool is most often an anal fissure that will heal in a few weeks with soft stools. Hot baths will help the muscles relax and reduce discomfort. Increasing fiber and water intake to keep the stool soft is important. If it is not getting better within a couple of weeks you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more
I've recently noticed that only at the beginning of a BM I pass hard stool balls that have white specks in them.
My husband passes painful hard stool once or twice a month. How can it be treated naturally? What may be the cause of this.
Most of the time hard stools indicate lack of fiber in diet, best treatment is to make sure that one eats more fruit / vegetables and plenty of water and also less red meat.
Also stool softners like colace (docusate sodium) or
fiber supplement like metamucil helps to bulk up the stool and makes it easy to pass. ...Read more