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Sudden Onset Constipation
Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sudden onset constipation with rectal bleeding that is not relieved by eating well with lots of fiber. I usually have diarrhea. What's going on?
82 yr old male hard to urinate , leakage urine overflow, blood in urine , constipation sudden onset no prior problem can it be prostrate ?
Prostatitis: Yes. I think you are suffering from an inflamed or infected prostate gland. You may want to get to your doctor to make sure this is nothing worse and to get on medications to solve this common problem. ...Read more
Sudden onset headache and brief visual disturbance. 8 yo boy. Chronic constipation - takibg lactulose. Has a constant background tummy ache got worse.
Sudden onset of fever, chills, restlessness, sore/swollen throat, constipation, body aches and headaches. Could this be an allergic reaction to food?
Febrile : The constellation of fever, chills and sore throat, body aches and headaches is not likely to be an allergic food reaction, no. You should definitely be seen and have a swab for strep throat. Food allergy is usually associated with diarrhea, rather than constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
What's the cause?: 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. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly, or if there is something extrinsic to the gut causing problems. Your answer comes from evaluation. ...Read more
Prevent it.: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more
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