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How To Treat Severe Constipation
Constipation : Most importantly, drink plenty of fluids. At least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day is recommended. Add fiber to your diet such as bran, prunes and vegetables. Exercise everyday. If you continue to have a problem, add a fiber product such as Benefiber or Metamucil. If you do not get relief, try Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Treatment of dysmenorrhea depends on the cause of dysmenorrhea. Fibroids or endometriosis would have treatment specific to that disorder. We would usually start with ocps and nsaids (ibuprofen or naproxyn). Maybe a gnrh agonist or surgery could be offered if the pills don't help the pain. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severe Insomnia: Start by ruling out any med conditions w/ your doc. Then consult with a sleep expert to identify the sleep disorder. If its due to poor sleep habits, anxiety, etc. consider getting treatment. You'll likely benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specifically for insomnia. It's usually short term work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Number of meds: There are a number of meds that can be used Dependent on your age, medical condition, site of involvement, extent of involvement, other meds you are taking, and your response to meds. This can be addressed by your GI DR, and you should be followed by one. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Fluid and fiber: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Anemia is a symptom like fever, and the underlying cause needed to be treated. You should see your primary care provider for an evaluation. You may take oral iron and multivitamin supplements while trying to make an appointment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Simethicone: Consider over-the-counter simethicone to help treat flatulence. Avoid foods commonly associated w/gas eg beans. Look for medications that inhibitor metabolism eg orlistat & Alpha glucosidase inhibitors as left over products can serve as fuel source for other commensal bacteria. ...Read more
What's the cause?: The suffix "itis" means "inflammation". The prefix "gastro" means "stomach." the term "gastritis" thus means an "inflamed stomach." the term is often used imprecisely to mean stomach upset, which can derive from both acid ; non-acid causes, slow emptying of the stomach, h.Pylori infection, atrophic ; hypersecretory problems. Start with acid blockers, diet modification, avoid alcohol/tobacco. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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