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I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

Depends: Constipation is common. A person's diet, activity, physical and emotional well being can all have an affect on the digestive tract. There is also variation of what is "normal" and it is not "necessary" to go everyday. Red flags include age over 50, bleeding, family history of colon cancer and abdominal pain that is severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

Fiber and water: drink more water and eat more fiber, or add metamucil or similar fiber supplement. If getting worse see a doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 year old is 17 days s/p lap appendectomy. She's had several severe episodes of constipation. Could this be a sign of a SBO?

My 4 year old is 17 days s/p lap appendectomy.  She's had several severe episodes of constipation.  Could this be a sign of a SBO?

Unlikely: Small bowel obstruction (SBO ) a serious complication will have more signs &symptoms not just constipation. Make sure taking enough fluids , vegetables and take to the surgeon for follow up . ...Read more

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My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days . We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days . We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

See a doctor: For constipation that bad she may need to be seen. Lactulose is pretty powerful...If she is still constipated with that she may have an ileus (stopped bowels). Especially if her belly is poking out or she is having pain, she should be seen soon. ...Read more

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My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days . We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days . We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

Probably be seen: For constipation that bad she may need to be seen. Lactulose is pretty powerful...If she is still constipated with that she may have an ileus (stopped bowels). Especially if her belly is poking out or she is having pain, she should be seen soon. ...Read more

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Warning signs of a bowel obstruction? Is severe constipation still able to be relieved after 3-4wks w/o a bm?

Warning signs of a bowel obstruction?  Is severe constipation still able to be relieved after 3-4wks w/o a bm?

Normal bowel habits: In addition to seeing a doc for your impaction you need to be evaluated for other causes of bowel impaction. You might need a bowel regimen, colonoscopy and close momitoring until you get back to normal...A daily bowel movement. ...Read more

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Normal abdominal/Pelvic CT other than moderate amount of stool in rectum. I suffer from severe constipation & nothing works. What can I do??

Normal abdominal/Pelvic CT other than moderate amount of stool in rectum. I suffer from severe constipation & nothing works. What can I do??

What's the cause?: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full &bloated. X-ray showed you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly, or if there is something extrinsic to the gut causing problems. Your answer comes from evaluation. ...Read more

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I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and valium 13mg (weaning) a day. I suffer from severe constipation. Had to go to ER because of stomach pains. Can these cause this?

I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and valium 13mg (weaning) a day. I suffer from severe constipation. Had to go to ER because of stomach pains. Can these cause this?

Unlikely: You need a full exam and eval for cause of constipation and stomach pains. Constipation is a very uncommon side effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Valium. Follow up with recommendations of ER doc and keep your pcp informed, if not see him/her as well. I hope this helps and you feel better. ...Read more

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Dry mouth, severe stomach pain, constipation, insomnia. I suffer with ibs and after running out of my usual stomach pills (omeprazole) tried remegel?

Stomach pain: You have stomach pain but why is unclear. The omeprazole tells your stomach cells to secrete less acid. You don't say if that made you feel better. Then you took another medicine which neutralizes the acid in the stomach. Again you don't report on how you feel with it. So talk with your doc or get another! ...Read more

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I have swelling around both testes that subside when resting, suffer contapation, cud this be a hernia, doctor examined stomach but seen no sign?

I have swelling around both testes that subside when resting, suffer contapation, cud this be a hernia, doctor examined stomach but seen no sign?

Possibly: What you are describing could be a hernia or even a hydrocoele (fluid collection in scrotum). Small hernias can be easily missed. You should be examined standing up and straining and the doctor's finger should start by the scrotum and even feel from inside the sack. If you didn't get that kind of exam, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have severe constipation tried all medicines. I get constipated for like 2 weeks. Feels horrible. Please suggest something I can do. Please :(?

I have severe constipation tried all medicines. I get constipated for like 2 weeks. Feels horrible. Please suggest something I can do. Please :(?

All medicines?: You've tried all possible remedies?! An answer to why the constipation is indicated. You could be hypothyroid, depressed, etc. let alone colon problems In terms of "natural remedies" I suggest a big glass of warm prune juice with breakfast and a glycerine or dulcolax suppository about an hour after same. But please try and get an explanation for why. Your body is telling you something. ...Read more

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If severe constipation is left untreated what are the likely long term causes of it on your body ? Is constipation something to get worried about?

If severe constipation is left untreated what are the likely long term causes of it on your body ? Is constipation something to get worried about?

YES: It is an extremely common question and strongly indicates that what i call dietary mayhem. It is not that it causes problems; it is part of the overall bad health that exists as a result of ignoring the well known rules of a proper diet. ...Read more

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Hi. My 2 years daughter suffers from constipation ,someties she‘s bleeding and it‘s hurts her. What should I do for her. Thanx.

Hi. My 2 years daughter suffers from constipation ,someties she‘s bleeding and it‘s hurts her. What should I do for her. Thanx.

Make stools softer: Try to work on her diet if that is the issue. If she drinks a lot of milk try to taper to 16 oz. If she only eats a lot of carbohydrates try to have her eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Generally pears, plum, peaches, dark greens help make stools softer. Make sure she drinks a lot of fluids. ...Read more

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My dad is in 80's less then 140lbs and on Dilimiazem hcl for blood pressure360mg. Severe constipation. Is this dose too high for elderly. ?

My dad is in 80's less then 140lbs and on Dilimiazem hcl  for blood pressure360mg. Severe constipation. Is this dose too high for elderly.
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Depends (Cardizem): Dose depends how the blood pressure is controlled some times constipation is possible. With your dad's permission you should discuss with his doctor , who will be very happy to explain to you as most MD s love to see the family getting involved in their elderly patients care and give more hints to make your dod comfortable . ...Read more

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Why is there pressure in my lower abdomen? Is it a constipation sign or something else?

Why is there pressure in my lower abdomen? Is it a constipation sign or something else?

Too vague: The question is too general. Without additional information and a physical exam it is impossible to say. If you are concerned a visit to a physician may be indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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