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What Happens If Constipation Goes Untreated
At minimum, you should see a doctor and have a colonoscopy.
If this test is normal, then the question is what exactly are your symptoms, and what is the frequency, severity, and impact on function of these symptoms.
If constipation cause you to not eat, lose weight, and become ill, or if you cannot work or function socially because of these, it should be treated. ...Read more
If severe constipation is left untreated what are the likely long term causes of it on your body? Is constipation something to get worried about?
Hemmorhoids: A thrombosed hem will usually hurt for a few days then gradually resolve, so the worst pain is likely a week or less then slowly better over another couple of weeks. It would hurt a lot less and resolve a lot quicker if you let a surgeon treat it very soon after the clot forms. Then get more fiber in your diet to prevent recurrence. ...Read more
Can a bad kidney infection, if left untreated, cause headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation?
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
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally I recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read more
Hi, I am 23 and I have had a slight constipation for a while. Normallyi go to the toilet once a day, but sometimes I couldn't.
Constipation: Eat more vegetables or high fiber diet. Well hydrationyou could also add fiber supplement to the high fiber diet, goal of 25-30 grams per day. However, remember to titrate your fiber intake slowly to avoid excessive bloating/discomfort (side effects of too much fiber at once). Suggest to increase your fiber intake by 5 grams/day for one week till you achieve your goal. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) as needed is ok. ...Read more
Hello I have not been eating vegtables like I use too, I eat a lot less. Could this cause constipation? It's been going on for about a month
Could: Dietary intake plays a major role in the development of constipation. A change in your diet with less vegetables and fiber can certainly increase the chances of constipation. Veggies and fiber can be good for you, . Play detective and eat the right combo of healthy foods best for your digestive system. Best wishes. ...Read more
Discomfort to left of naval, comes/goes. Not noticeable when active. Been having some constipation. Could this be the cause of the discomfort?
Could be: Comstipation or diverticular disease. Talk with your doctor or see GI OR COLORECTAL DOCTOR If PCP UNABLE TOMAKE A DIAGNOSIS. Plain X-rays of abdomen might be helpful as a start. ...Read more
See Doc: You definitely have some GI issue going on. Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a diagnosis of exclusion, but you certainly sound like you may have that. Decrease stress in your life if possible, and increase fiber in your diet to try and regulate your bowels, and get into the dr. For an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more
Water, diet, doctor: Be sure you are properly hydrated - drink between between 1-2 liters of clean water a day. Some foods are helpful - prunes, other fruits and veggies too. I've found olive oil for cooking helps. Be active. Sitting too long is a problem. Never delay a desire to "go" because you're too busy or it is inconvenient. See a doctor if this is not enough. ...Read more
Fiber: Whole grain cereals, bran, fruits eaten with the skin/rind, vegetables. ...Read more
Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently. ...Read more
Why do I bleed from my bottom, I don't have constipation & it isn't just when I go for a number two?
You may have hemorrhoids or something even more serious. Please get an evaluation from a gastroenterologist or at least your family doc.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more
Not bloated, bm complete but was mushy and no urge to go more. Is this constipation or just something I ate?
BM troubles.: If this just happened the once, then I might presume it would be something you ate. Take pause and think about what you'd eaten. Something undercooked? Did you eat out (food could have been mishandled)? Did you eat a lot of fiber all at once? Follow this along and see what transpires. If it continues for a few days, then you might want to see a doctor. ...Read more
I am struggling with my weight at the moment but every time I go on a diet, I suffer from constipation. What can I do?
Quite a bit: Fiber can help your intestines hold on to enough fluid to keep your stool soft. Fiber also helps people feel full, and, since it isn't absorbed, adds no calories. Many fresh fruits & veggies, and whole grains are high in fiber. Drinking plenty of water will also help - aim for 2 liters per day while you're dieting. Finally exercise helps stimulate the bowels to keep things moving on the inside. ...Read more
I have constipation,,, I sit in my toilet for more than half an hour and it's hard for me to go toilet, . after 15mins I do masturbate. Pls help?
I've had constipation since I was little. I go once a week or twice. Sometimes after a large bm I have extreme pain in my side (usually right) help?
What have you tried?: I usually start people off with natural treatments - prunes, warm water, increased fiber in diet, exercise, and if still no relief, add stool softener like docusate/colace. Taking a good probiotic (available at your pharmacy) may also help. If you are having "extreme pain" see your MD for a thorough history and exam. Chronic constipation is usually not serious, but it shouldn't hurt that much! ...Read more
Irregular diet: Most people can avoid constipation if they ate a regular diet containing fruits and vegetables (esp those with a lot of fiber). Regular exercise or other activities can also help. Plenty of water keeps the stool moist and soft when it come out. Once all of these factors are met, then you need to train your body to go and evacuate as soon as you get the feeling that you have to go. ...Read more
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
Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism.
The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta. ...Read more
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