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Natural Bowel Stimulants
Fiber- are there any fiber drink mixes or supplements that are useful in bulking up stool to combat chronic IBS related diarrhea? Gluten free as well?
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.
Eat more fiber: Eat more fiber, eat more vegetables, if you up the amount of vegetables and natural fiber you eat, you should have no problem having bowel movements. Also exercising should help. If your diet is more than 25% fresh whole vegetables, raw or cooked, and you still don't have bowel movements you might need some tests to figure out why. ...Read more
Natural Calm,: it appears, is a magnesium supplement--magnesium citrate. A different form of magnesium--magmesium sulfate--is definitely a laxative. Magnesium citrate is promoted as a "stress easer" improving fatigue, low energy, insomnia, muscle tension, spasms, cramps and maybe constipation. As with all supplements, ideal is to get minerals from food. Don't take too much: recommended daily intake is 320-420 mg ...Read more
Can intake of excess sugar in diet,cause issue of incomplete bowel evacuation[ve regular bowel movement]bu ,have to use glycerine suppository regular?
Natural plugs: There are some foods that are a bit constipating to many people. Bananas & apples (or applesauce)are the main fruits & i've seen consumption of more than 1/day do it. White breads, pasta (spaghetti or macaroni), cheese & chips are also common offenders.Each person may have their own contributor. A healthy intake of fluids will often override several of these & some foods naturally lossen stools. ...Read more
Only if given by Dr: Laxatives are usually not used for ibs unless they are prescribed by your dr. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon to push stool out.Other laxatives work by bringing water into your colon to flush the stool out. These may cause dehydration & electrolyte problems if used improperly. Most dr suggests altering your diet & managing stress. Talk to your dr about your options, there are some meds. ...Read more
No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more
Is chronic constipation (daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) frequent senna, glyc. Supp's aren't enough. Enemas needed often) in
toddlers considered a Motility issue?
Stool retention: This is more an accident than a motility issue. When/if the kid decides one day not to poop, and the next day has a hard painful stool, they may try to stop having them. Over time stool retention causes physical changes in the large bowel causing poor emptying. Parents try short treatments that fail & the problem continues. This often requires a developmental ped or pedi GI working for a year . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.
Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more
I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?
Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not,more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more
Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.
?: If you diet is good why do you need all these laxatives and softeners? No you cannot use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) long term. Try water and exercise. Drink apple or prune juice. Get your system working on its own or you will be dependent on these softeners for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Sudden onset bowel irregularity - fiber, probiotics, water, etc not working! laxatives only offer temporary relief. Causes?
Constipation?: If you have not seen a gastroenterologist yet, you should see one to determine what is happening. ...Read more
In the pipeline: It depends what variant of ibs you have. If due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. If you're female with severe diarrhea-associated ibs, consider Lotronex under the prescriber's program. For constipation-variant disease, Amitiza is commercially available, and an investigational agent called linaclotide looks very promising (pending fda review). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more
What foods = quick bowel transit? Have low anal sphincter function, bms take 4+ hrs in small pieces. Work is suffering. I eat lots of insoluble fibre.
Mineral oil: Try this: every night take 30 cc of prune juice(if you are not diabetic) and /or another 30 cc of mineral oil. You should have bm by morning time. This remedy is not very tasteful. It however work practically in 100% of cases. Fibers likely will not help. Fibers create bulk to stimulate gut mechanically. Mineral oil and prune juice stimulate gut's motion by biochemical means. ...Read more
Have had chronic constipation since age 3. Eat hi-fiber diet, lots of water, yogurt daily, etc Any alternative to taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the rest of my life?
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
I have this colon cleanser called lbs 2 lower bowel stimulant I've you it before and it didn't really do anything does it really work?
Lbs2: Apparently it did not work for you. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more
Possibly: The problem with someone so you using bowel stimulants is that you never know what you're going to get. Toddler guys are not just little adult guts. Meds made for adults can have very different effects on kids, including prolonged effects. If child is having constipation issues, you really need to be using stool softener agents like Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) NOT a bowel stimulant. ...Read more
In Temporary Inflammatory condition of Large Intestine and Large Piles, Is Taking Stimulant Laxative is Safe or Not? Thanks
Is there any stimulants that can b perscribed for bowels, hav tried lactolose, fiber, ect w/no help, const began after 3rd major surg, lft quad pain, low ab?
Constipation: How far out from your surgical procedure are you? Bowel function can slow or even temporarily stop after abdominal surgery -- especially if opiate pain medications are being used. I suggest contacting your surgeon asap and telling him/her of your plight. Lactulose should help, but you need some existing bowel function for it to do so. I haven't seen ECT used for constipation -- was that a typo? ...Read more
None: What makes you think you have worms? If you really do believe this then you need stool specimens to be examined to confirm it and identify the specific parasite. ...Read more
Fortunately,: most cases of constipation can be managed "naturally." The key components of treatment include increasing fiber in the diet (whole grain/bran cereal, whole grains--brown rice, wheat, quinoa, beans/lentils and/or a fiber (psyllium) supplement and LOTS of water (at least 8-10 glasses daily). Also, daily exercise and consideration of osmotic laxatives: MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) or Milk of Magnesia. Good luck! ...Read more
I'll try to explain: Ischemic disease is from the build up of sludge or blockages in the arteries of the body over a lifetime. This happens in all of the arteries, the heart, the intestines, the legs etc. Too much blockage leads to too little blood flow and produces symptoms of pain etc. First step in therapy is hydration, but, there is a mechanical blockage that is not able to be reversed by anything we now know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is the safest and natural way of colon cleansing? I am scared to try any product or salt water flush but I have good bowel function. I need help
Can i get pregnant naturally when I have endometrioma on my right ovarian it’s measure 3x4cm and i have endometriosis on bledder and bowel , stage 4?
Fertility: Most patients with endometriosis are still able to get pregnant. Some can not especially if the endometriosis is affecting the fallopian tubes. You can discuss your specific case with your doctor who made the diagnosis and staging. They should be able to provide insight for you. Each case should be analyzed individually ...Read more
Recently gave birth naturally, week later have been experiencing sudden sharp pains in my lower right abdomen & pressure before & during bowel movemen?
Call your OB MD: It is difficult to answer this question without an examination. You need to call the OB MD who delivered you for an appointment and exam. ...Read more
6 days post hemorrhoid surgery,extremely hard stools,no laxatives are working,unable to naturally release bowel (extreme pain). What to do?
I currently have constipation..What are some natural remedies I can do to fix this? Also what can I do to always maintain a healthy bowel movement?
Water: Fluids is key! and of course a high fiber diet. If you eat high fiber, and have limited amount of water, you may still be constipated. Apples, pears, brocolli, beans, brans, cabbage, cauliflower, kale... Good amount of fruits and veges and plenty of water. Not tea, diet beverages, sodas, milk but pure water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.
High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives . Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more
My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and
This is a serious: allegation. I recommend that you report your concerns to your local medical society and/or the medical licensing board. They can initiate an independent investigation of your father's medical records and of his doctor's conduct and abilities. While sadly this won't bring your father back, it may prevent harm to someone else in the future. Dr. Anne ...Read more
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