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What do u do when u can't poop in almost a month?

What do u do when u can't poop in almost a month?

Go to hospital: I am pretty sure this is a condition that is quite dangerous. Get thee to the hospital if in this condition.... ...Read more

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Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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What do I do when I can't poop?

What do I do when I can't poop?

Fiber: Make sure you are getting a fiber rich diet, and drinking plenty. Exercise helps. If not, try some milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or a glycerin suppository to get things moving. ...Read more

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I have a torn sphinctor and I tried laxarives and still can't poop?

I have a torn sphinctor and I tried laxarives and still can't poop?

Stool softener: May be due to subconscious resistance to defecating due to anticipated pain. Try Colace - stool softener; Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) increased water intake and physical activity, along with high fiber foods. Take care! ...Read more

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This is really awkward but i can't poop. It's been 5 days. Is there any quick way i can get it out?

This is really awkward but i can't poop. It's been 5 days. Is there any quick way i can get it out?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): This is the "master blaster".
You may need to take it slowly but remember that the dose is "enough" so take as much as you need.
Check out our website at "The Gut Solution". ...Read more

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We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

Constipation: If a baby's poops are very pasty like peanut butter then they are constipated. Their poops should be soft and mushy like oatmeal (or even softer). Straining for less than 5 minutes is normal. If the straining lasts more than that they might be constipated. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble pooping , pain, constipation?

I'm having trouble pooping , pain, constipation?

Take a laxative: Take an over the counter laxative, and see if the helps. Otherwise seek medical assistance. You may need to combine different laxatives, or adjust your diet. If you are on medications for other medical reasons, sometimes constipation is a side effect. ...Read more

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My 13 year old daughter poops her pants constantly. What could be wrong with her she has had issues with constipation but will not take any medicine

My 13 year old daughter poops her pants constantly. What could be wrong with her she has had issues with constipation but will not take any medicine

Before : Before trying to answer this- does she have fecal smearing in her underwear or does she defecate in her underpants with full stools? ...Read more

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Had constipation iss for yrs, now I am pooping several times a day soft smaller amounts. 1 inch round, soft light brown 4-5 inches long is this normal?

Had constipation iss for yrs, now I am pooping several times a day soft smaller amounts. 1 inch round, soft light brown 4-5 inches long is this normal?

Yes: Whatever you're doing, keep doing it. Constipation can cause a variety of deadly illnesses--especially colon cancer. Bile acids break down into potent carcinogens, if transit time is more than 24 hours, bathing the colon and lower intestines with cancer-causing poison. Keep your bowels moving regularly, and avoid colon cancer. ...Read more

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I can't poop and my back hurts.

Constipated?: If it is your constipation which is causing back pain you may have to see a doctor and have stool manually removed. Try some laxatives or a fleet's enema first. The more important question is why is the constipation so severe. Might be best to see somebody asap. ...Read more

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What to do when my 18 month old can't poop for 4 days?

What to do when my 18 month old can't poop for 4 days?

Constipated: You need to change his diet by reducing milk and milk products, increasing fiber in the diet in the form of fruits and vegetables, nuts, prunes, dates, and figs. Also give your child high fibered cereals. Use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to stimulate his stoolfor now. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 months and she can't poop what should I give her?

My daughter is 9 months and she can't poop what should I give her?

CONSTIPATION: If breastfeeding, continue, give more water, increase fiber in the diet like more vegetable, oatmeal cereal, prune juice 3 ounces x2/.
If formula fed, may try whey protein containing one e.g. Garber good start; this will increase the bulk of stool, make stool mooshy.
If doesn't help, give MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 1 teaspoonful twice daily mixed with 6-8 ounces of formula, then may continue once daily as needed. ...Read more

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I don't poop everyday and don't feel any constipation, is this normal?

I don't poop everyday and don't feel any constipation, is this normal?

Stooling: Not everyone poops daily. Many people skip a day. It is more important the consistency. It should always be soft and easy to expel. If yours is normal no worries. ...Read more

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I can't poop in three days and i just saw a blood? What does that mean?

Hemorrhoid?: One possibility is that you are constipated and have internal or external hemorrhoids. When hard stool passes by a hemorrhoid, it can cause it to bleed a small amount. If it doesn't resolve on its own within 1-2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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It hurts when I poop I can't poop people say that I will die for holding my poop in what should I do to get it out because i'm scared it won't cum out?

It hurts when I poop I can't poop people say that I will die for holding my poop in what should I do to get it out because i'm scared it won't cum out?

Stool: Don't listen to what people say. Listen to a professional: a doctor, a pcp, a gastrointestinal doctor. We look at possible causes for constipation (medical conditions, medication side effect, etc). Different meds can be used. It could be frustrating. Let a doctor help you. ...Read more

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Had constipation last week and now whenever i go to the toilet my anus bleeds after pooping. ?

Had constipation last week and now whenever i go to the toilet my anus bleeds after pooping. ?

Probably a fissure: Constipation sometimes tears the mucous membrane in the anus and you get a fissure that is painful when you have a BM as well as producing blood. Pay attention to your diet that is a common cause of constipation and try some mineral oil that you can get from any pharmacy. There are also over-the-counter ointments that you can apply ...Read more

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What baby foods cause constipation? My daughter has been pooping little balls throughout the day instead of going once. Plz help. She's 7mo.

What baby foods cause constipation? My daughter has been pooping little balls throughout the day instead of going once. Plz help. She's 7mo.

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them. ...Read more

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Can't poop without using an enema, what can I do?

Can't poop without using an enema, what can I do?

Constipation: Basic cleanout: 8 glasses of water daily, metamucil or similar daily, colace 3 capsules daily add 1-2 tablespoons of mineral oil daily. Add MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in 48 hours if it doesn't work. ...Read more

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What to do if i can't poop after quitting vicodin?

What to do if i can't poop after quitting vicodin?

Unusual: Opiates all cause constipation, and generally when they are stopped, people get diarrhea. Are you having any abdominal pain or cramping? If so, see your doctor immediately. If just constipated without pain/cramps, then I would first try a stool softener like Colace or Surfak twice a day, add milk of magnesia 2 TBLSP at night. If no results, an ounce of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) should do it. ...Read more

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I can't poop after quitting vicodin, what should I do?

I can't poop after quitting vicodin, what should I do?

Unusual: Most people get constipated from hydrocodone itself, and often get diarrhea when stopping. I recommend my patients start with something mild like a stool softener (dulcolax tabs - colace or surfak) one tab twice a day, then use a mild laxative like milk of magnesia 2 tblsp at night. If that doesn't work, senna-based laxatives, magnesium citrate or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) would be next best step. ...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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I hardly poop and these days can't poop like a healthy person. So i'm using an enema 3 times per week. Is it bad for my health or?

I hardly poop and these days can't poop like a healthy person. So i'm using an enema 3 times per week. Is it bad for my health or?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily force you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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I'm preganant and I'm having problems pooping it's so bad I can't sleep at night, What is the best magnesium to get for constipation?

I'm preganant and I'm having problems pooping it's so bad I can't sleep at night,    What is the best magnesium to get for constipation?

Constipation: Magnesium Glycinate, which also helps with insomnia. You can start with 200 mg twice daily and titrate up. You know you are getting too much when your stools get too soft. Constipation is COMMON in pregnancy. Lots of fluids, fiber and you can certainly take an OTC stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium). ...Read more

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My 5mos old niece , formula fed no solids, can't poop with out help .. When helped has good sized (5 inches) very firm poops.. Normal? How can we help

My 5mos old niece , formula fed no solids, can't poop with out help .. When helped has good sized (5 inches) very firm poops.. Normal? How can we help

Fluids: Sometimes a parent will not use the proper amounts of water and formula when mixing a bottle. Be sure the ratio is right as it may be due to not enough water. If still an issue see her pediatrician. ...Read more

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