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Slow Moving Bowels
I have very slow moving bowel and I have to take something to get movement so I can go. The stool is very long and soft when I do go, about once a week. Why can't I go more frequently?
Hard to say: Constipation (going <3 x week or with difficulty) has many causes, with diet and other medications you take playing a significant role in why you go so seldom. Discussing your medications with your doctor may help eliminate some of their side effects, boosting your fiber content and a thorough medical evaluation for things like low thyroid may shed some light as well. ...Read more
QUALITY MATTERS: When using a quality fiber, you should have a bowel movement within approximately 24 hours of its ingestion. Try using a pure psyllium husk without any additives. Quality acidophilus must either have high potency (e.g., 250 billion/tsp) or be formulated to survive stomach acid. Such products are available from professionals (not over-the-counter) where they are prescribed for medical reasons. ...Read more
- many digestive problems, many years
- last 3 y., too slow/ineffective bowel movements => spends 2-3hrs on toilet/day
Why? (Diet is OK.)
IBS: If this has been going on for so long you are likely to have a problem with your bowel motility most frequently ascribed to irritable bowel syndrome. There are many effective treatments, but you need to see a doc to establish the diagnosis and prescribe a steady and progressive program of treatment. ...Read more
Probiotic, yogurt: Taking a probiotic supplement (typically lactobacillus and saccharomyces strains) or adding yogurt with active cultures may help. It works better as a preventative measure if started before or along with the antibiotic, but it certainly won't hurt to start now and may speed recovery of a healthy intestinal microbiome! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm constipated. I took the correct dosage of a laxative 3 hrs ago. I am just now experiencing bowel movements, but it's painful and slow. Help?
Not really: only if the hemorrhoid are painful it could cause problem because the patient avoid having BM because of the pain. in general you need to keep your bowels soft, by drinking a lot of water, average 10-12 bottles a day. you need to eat more fruits, and drink juices, you need to eat more fibers, more vegetables. you need to exercise daily. you might need to take some stool softener. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be serious...: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it (such as colon cancer). If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. ...Read more
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