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What happens if I leave my constipation untreated?

What happens if I leave my constipation untreated?

Constipation: 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

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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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?

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?

YES: It is an extremely common question and strongly indicates that what i call dietary mayhem. It is not that it causes problems; it is part of the overall bad health that exists as a result of ignoring the well known rules of a proper diet. ...Read more

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How long do untreated hemorrhoids hurt for after constipation?

How long do untreated hemorrhoids hurt for after constipation?

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

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When does the constipation go away ?

When does the constipation go away ?

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

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For what reasons won't my constipation ever go away?

For what reasons won't my constipation ever go away?

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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Discomfort to left of naval, comes/goes. Not noticeable when active. Been having some constipation. Could this be the cause of the discomfort?

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

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Is it normal for IBS to go from diaherra to constipation? Why does it happen

Is it normal for IBS to go from diaherra to constipation? Why does it happen

Unknown etiology: It is unclear why in ibs people get diarrhea and constipation, but it is thought that there is some stress and psychological component associated with it. ...Read more

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Can I go to the emergency room for constipation?

Can I go to the emergency room for constipation?

Unwise: Very expensive way to address constipation when local Pharmacist can help advise you and over-the-counter remedies are plentiful. If they have failed and you have abdominal pain, fever, or vomiting, then yes, warrants ER visit. ...Read more

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I get severe constipation during summer. Why would this happen?

Excessive fluid: Losses due to heat and more strenous activity along with excessive soft drinks and tea with caffeine and alcohol all can lead to constipation. ...Read more

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Been going between constipation and diarrhoea on and off for 6 days what should I do?

Been going between constipation and diarrhoea on and off for 6 days what should I do?

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

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I hava a problem of constipation..I go to the bathroom twice a week..What should I do?

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

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What happens if you can't squat, what is the best alternative way to help with constipation?

What happens if you can't squat, what is the best alternative way to help with constipation?

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

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Why do I bleed from my bottom, i don't have constipation & it isn't just when i go for a number two?

See below: 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

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Not bloated, bm complete but was mushy and no urge to go more. is this constipation or just something I ate?

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

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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?

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

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more