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Im having pains that come and go in my lower abdomen also followed by gas and smaller looser poops, is this constipation or bowel obstruction?

Im having pains that come and go in my lower abdomen also followed by gas and smaller looser poops, is this constipation or bowel obstruction?

Constipation: If you are having hard small stools and pain is not severe this is most likely constipation. High fiber diet(fruits and veggies), plenty of water, prune juice can help. If you are having severe pain, vomiting, definitely unable to pass any stool for several days you need to be seen asap. ...Read more

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I feel full, but when I go to poop only a small amount comes out. my stool Is soft so I don't think it's constipation. ?

 I feel full, but when I  go to poop only  a small amount comes out.  my stool   Is soft so I don't think it's constipation. ?

Time for evaluation: Is this new for you? Have you had testing that distinguishes a "slow transit" system, or tests that suggest inflammation (like crohn's, ulcerative colitis), infection, stenosis (the narrow passage you mentioned), extrinsic impression against the gut, pregnancy, etc.? Do you have irritable bowel syndrome? Pelvic floor dysfunction? A medical evaluation is in order--please see your GI doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Constipation (Checklist)

Increase hydration
Daily
Increase fiber intake
Daily
Avoid constipating foods
Once
Try to establish routine for timing of bowel movements
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Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Diet: The appearance of feces varies according to diet, your level of hydration, your gut's microbial flora, medications, and your bodies own makeup. Colin cancer is rare in an 18 year old. It may cause blood to appear in the stool but often just small amounts that is not visible, and requires a chemical test. Cancer does not typically cause diarrhea except for a rare form called villous adenoma. ...Read more

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So do I have constipation if i only poop 2 times a week maximum? And does it matter if it's small or large poop?

So do I have constipation if i only poop 2 times a week maximum? And does it matter if it's small or large poop?

Let's define problem: 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. Have you been evaluated to show you're not blocked, if your gut is sluggish, or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist next. ...Read more

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My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day. Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day.  Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

Unlikely: If she is having several bowel movements a day and is still eating and acting normally it is doubtful that she is constipated. If she is irritable, crying incessantly, not feeding regularly, sleeping excessively or develops fever have her see a pediatrician asap. Otherwise just watch and wait. ...Read more

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