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How To Relieve Very Severe Constipation
Diet vs medication: There are lot of good medications available to help with constipation. The dose and safety will depend on the age of patient. Three steps to treat constipation: good initial clean out , then maintenance and then adjusting diet to help wean off and decrease use of medications. Some patients may need medications for a long time and that is okay depending on what meds they are on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Warning signs of a bowel obstruction? Is severe constipation still able to be relieved after 3-4wks w/o a bm?
Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not ?
Rare but yes...: Severe constipation can rarely cause hard, dry stool to erode through the colon wall. Peritonitis can occur, and death is a possibility. Having said that, most people's constipation will never become that extreme. Drink lots of water and increase your fiber intake- psyllium is a good fiber supplement. And see your doctor for help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Full assessment: Constipation has many contributors. Diet high in simple carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, starches), lack of exercise, and lack of fluid intake are primary reasons, followed closely by medications that dry you out. If you are a woman, menopause can also be a contributor. That being said, adding daily miralax, 17g twice a day with water will help, and follow with an otc mild laxative for a few days. ...Read more
Medication and diet: Severe constipation can be treated effectively with medications but also it is important to make sure there is no underlying condition presenting as constipation e.G of condition : thyroid disease, irritable bowel, celiac disease. There are both over the counter medications and prescribed medications that can help relieve symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One week: Bowel movement can be very variable. Usually it is still consider as normal when it is down to once a week. Stool softeners are very helpful to regulate bowel movement as well as diet rich in fibers. In old people, fecaloma (stool impaction in the distal large bowel) may require evacuation. ...Read more
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