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My anus hurts after I poop hard stools difficult to pass because of hemorrhoids?

My anus hurts after I poop hard stools difficult to pass because of hemorrhoids?

Fissure?: Could be an anal fissure. This is basically a small tear in the skin that is usually quite painful. Many treatment options. Ask your primary care doctor if a referral to a colorectal surgeon is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Have colostomy bag hard time passing stool trying to pass stool what can I take to make it happen stool is hard

Have colostomy bag hard time passing stool trying to pass stool what can I take to make it happen stool is hard

Laxatives: You are describing constipation. Any number of agents are available over the counter. You should drink a lot of fluids and eat fibers. If continues, then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

Yes: A lot of 9 month old babies begin to rely more on food and less on liquid for their daily nutritional needs. Very often, a baby gets a bit constipated at 9 months due to a decrease in their fluid intake. Adding some extra formula, breast milk, water, or even water mixed with a small amount of prune juice or white grape juice can often solve this problem. If it persists, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for my stool getting stuck all soft hard stool????

What can I do for my stool getting stuck all soft hard stool????

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

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I have irregular bowel movements. I have soft stool that is hard to pass and few tiny stool comes out. What could be the problem?

I have irregular bowel movements. I have soft stool that is hard to pass and few tiny stool comes out. What could be the problem?

Water: Things that help regulate stools are water, fiber and exercise. You want to drink about 64 oz of fluid a day, take in 25 g of fiber and exercise 5-6 days a week. ...Read more

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My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool,as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool,as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

Soften stools: Infants transitioning diets to solids may not get enough fiber / fluids in diet; 5 gm of fiber daily, try pureeing vegetables, fruits and use of infant cereals with adequate amount of fiber, an average sized 11 month old should have about 32 oz of fluids daily. If these measures are not helpful, baby will need further evaluation ...Read more

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My stool is always thick heavy pasty but soft but it's still hard to pass. What can I do to get my stool to become more light and loose?

Fiber, fluids & exer: I don't know about making your stool "more light" but you can't argue against fiber, fluid & exercise to keep from being constipated. Ideally, you'd get your fiber from your foods but there are also fiber supplements available along w/stool softeners, too. Don't worry about consistency as long as you don't have to strain. Check w/your doc re need for colonoscopy (low risk vs high). ...Read more

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I have soft pasty stool but it is extremely hard to pass. I don't go to the bathroom often and I am never able to pass very much and incomplete evac.

I have soft pasty stool but it is extremely hard to pass. I don't go to the bathroom often and I am never able to pass very much and incomplete evac.

Some options...: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation--rule out pelvic floor dysfunction, dysmotility, partial obstruction. Time for eval. ...Read more

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How to treat hemmorhoids that only appear when i pass stool and after 5mins they are gone,its annoying makes it harder to pass stool?

How to treat hemmorhoids that only appear when i pass stool and after 5mins they are gone,its annoying makes it harder to pass stool?

Hemmorhoids: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems. Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter. ...Read more

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I have hard time passing stool. I have to strain. They are soft but still hard to pass and I dont feel the need to go loo. I drink water alot too.help?

I have hard time passing stool. I have to strain. They are soft but still hard to pass and I dont feel the need to go loo. I drink water alot too.help?

Fiber: Try to consume 25-30 grams of fiber daily through diet modification and supplements. You must drink plenty of water throughout the day with the fiber for it to work. This will fix many problems with constipation. If you sit on the toilet and nothing comes out, get up. Don't strain too much - that can lead to hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I am facing constipation and get hard stools some times stools in it?

I am facing constipation and get hard stools some times stools in it?

Prune juice l or lax: First try warm prune juice. If that doesn't help, try an otc laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). If that still doesn't help still, see a doctor. ...Read more

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1.5 weeks bad constipation. Can feel solid mass of stool that wont pass, but soft stool and diarrhea do pass. What can I do about this? Is this normal?

1.5 weeks bad constipation. Can feel solid mass of stool that wont pass, but soft stool and diarrhea do pass. What can I do about this? Is this normal?

A few suggestions: If you haven't tried any agents, the easiest on the stomach is MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or its generic equivalent. Also milk of magnesia works as well, but can give stomach cramps. Be sure to drink lots of fluid/water, as dehydration makes constipation worse. If stool is in rectum, can use suppository like dulcolax or glycerin. An enema can help too. ...Read more

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My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and i don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and i don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

Be patient : After surgery due to anesthesia and pain medications the bowels slow down causing constipation and it usually clears up when the effects of these medications wear off in the mean time some over the counter laxatives will help good luck. ...Read more

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How do I treat bleeding and pain caused by anal fissures? My stools are softer but I have to work too hard to pass them. Theres a lot of blood too

How do I treat bleeding and pain caused by anal fissures? My stools are softer but I have to work too hard to pass them. Theres a lot of blood too

Patience: Few treatment are effective for the short term pain of anal fissures. Some benefit from warm soaks, topical anesthetic creams, etc. Medications to relieve the muscle spasm can be prescribed, as well as Botox injections and surgery in severe cases. ...Read more

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Been trying to pass a large hard dry lump of stool for 13 hours. It is on the "chute" ready to come but is too large and painful to pass. Enema?

Been trying to pass a large hard dry lump of stool for 13 hours. It is on the "chute" ready to come but is too large and painful to pass. Enema?

Vaseline. Warm bath.: Lube the anus with vaseline. With your finger. Then sit in a warm bath and try to push it out. Have a shower afterwards - you will feel cleaner. Then see a doc to work out what is going on... ...Read more

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Gone from constipated to having explosive diarhhea and now small chunks of soft still that is difficult to pass ! what can cause this ?

Gone from constipated to having explosive diarhhea and now small chunks of soft still that is difficult to pass ! what can cause this ?

Constipation: When having severe constipation it might be possible to experience bouts of some diarrhea. Try to hydrate well( drink plenty of water) and eat high fiber diet. If no response laxatives are an option, but if developing significant abdominal pain and worsening symptoms in general then it is time to get checked. ...Read more

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What can I do when I pass a stool but there is soft smoother stool inside my rectum?

What can I do when I pass a stool but there is soft smoother stool inside my rectum?

Increase fiber: It sounds like the stool is very soft. You can take fiber in the form of citracel of mitamucil. This will bulk up your stool and give you a more formed still and prevent constipation or diarrhea. ...Read more