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Constipation for 2-3 weeks little defecation today i ate pitted prunes and now very loosen stool a lot of intestinal movement is this a good sign?
Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?
Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more
Enjoy the answer !: The answer depends on how many you eat. You should keep a stool diary. Vary the number of peanuts eaten and record the stools. In order to avoid bias you should have someone else record the stool caliber/consistency: you just eat the peanuts. After about a month you should have a good idea. Of course every other aspect of your daily routine and diet and exercise etc must remain fixed for the month. ...Read more
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. 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 medication too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
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