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What could cause hard stools?

What could cause hard stools?

Lots of things: But mostly not enough fluid, excessive fiber, or excessive caffeine and or alcohol intake, some medications and a sedentary life style can also contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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What generally causes hard stools?

What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause firmer stool almost like constipation?

Can probiotics cause firmer stool almost like constipation?

Yes: Probiotics contain different types of micro-organisms such as yeast (saccharomyces boulardii) and bacteria (such as lactobacillus, bifidobacterium). This can change your gut flora and your bowel habits. See a doctor if you are having fevers or pain. Https://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-163888/adult-probiotic-oral/details ...Read more

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Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

It can: It can if you do not eat high fiber food along with it like fruits, vegetabls, grains, beans and peas etc, and at least 2 litres of water. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy!

Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy!

Constipation: ... Can cause mid-abdominal pain, although there are certainly many other things which can cause this type of pain also. A good first step would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, including increasing the amount of liquid that you drink. If this helps the constipation but the pain is still present, then you should see your primary care doctor to find out why you have pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been constipatied for about 5 days with harder stools (I am eating GF) Today ended up having a mushy poop. Can constipation cause a mushy poop? Thanks

Yep!: Sometimes there is 'mushy' poop ahead of an impacted, harder portion of stool in the colon. Sometimes the watery, softer poop can 'leak' around the harder, impacted poop. ...Read more

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I had a csection last month. From then I am suffering from hard stools. It's paining a lot. How to prevent and what causes hard stools. Is sometn serious?

I had a csection last month. From then I am suffering from hard stools. It's paining a lot. How to prevent and what causes hard stools. Is sometn serious?

Many causes: Hard stools, also called constipation, can be caused by many things. The most common reason in people who have had a procedure is narcotic pain medications like Percocet or Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Fiber and stool softener can help.

It can also be related to changes in sleep, fluid intake, diet, stress, and dehydration. If you are breastfeeding, you almost certainly need to increase your fluid intake. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause blood in stool if you press too hard, while your constipated?

Can constipation cause blood in stool if you press too hard, while your constipated?

Yes: This would almost certainly be accompanied by pain. If it is not painful and it persists, get it checked out. ...Read more

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Been having hard stools with some ab pain. Negative colonoscopy and endoscopy. Today had red stool? Been drinking red kool aid. Is this the cause?

Maybe: It is possible but if the colonoscopy was recent it could be more serious. And blood in the toilet is very distinctive. Could be a hemorrhoid, etc...Don't write it off to just being the red drink. ...Read more

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Could hemorrhoids and hard stools cause bumps in the anal canal?

Could hemorrhoids and hard stools cause bumps in the anal canal?

Depends: Constipation and straining with bowel movements can lead to hemorrhoids and anal fissure over time. Bumps is a vague term, so getting in touch with your doc for details will be helpful. Sometimes an exam under anesthesia with biopsy is indicated. Be well. ...Read more

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Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Yes: Endometriosis involving the recto-vaginal area certainly can cause those symptoms. A careful examination by your gyn should be able to determine if this problem is present. Fortunately minimally invasive surgery can cure the problem in most cases. Make sure your gyn is an expert in laparoscopic procedures of this type so you can avoid a large abdominal incision. ...Read more

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Can gummy vitamins cause constipation? The only real change in 3.5 yr old's diet in last 2 months & he used to be reg. Has gas but hard/painful stool

Stop it: The logical approach is to stop the gummy vitamin for a week or two to see if this is the cause for the constipation. Do note that most people (except pregnant women), do not need a multivitamin. In fact, it may do more harm than good. ...Read more

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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Any advice for treating hard stools?

Any advice for treating hard stools?

Tips: 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 if possible. 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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Why is my child having large, hard stools and what can I do to help?

Why is my child having large, hard stools and what can I do to help?

Diet and exercise: An old computer term, "garbage in, garbage out" sort of applies. Much of the modern U.S. Diet tends to cause constipation: fried foods, cheese, white breads & pastas, white rice, red meats, sweets, bananas, excess milk, & more. Avoid or limit these foods. Instead, use fresh veggies, fruits, white meats, lots of water, whole grain cereals/breads/pastas, brown rice. Exercise/activity helps, too. ...Read more

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Hard stools when I pulled a piece off it was 85% hard and kind of square ish?

Hard stools when I pulled a piece off it was 85% hard and kind of square ish?

Dietary fiber: You should increase your intake of fiber foods (see link below) or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. Make sure to drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?

I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?

I don't think so...: Chronic constipation can be managed with diet and medications. Low residue foods can cause hard stools. I would suggest, at least 64 oz. Water per day, dried apricots 6 halves, with lunch everyday until regulated. Alternatively a packet of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in the am as part of a balanced breakfast. The other aspect to remember is to make a concerted effort to stool daily when the urge moves you-don't wait. ...Read more

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