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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

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 more

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What are gentle remedies for constipation?

What are gentle remedies for constipation?

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 more

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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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Are liver cycts related to extra long bowel and constipation?

Are liver cycts related to extra long bowel and constipation?

Not realy: Liver cysts for the most part are asymptomatic. Some people have pain.Long large bowel is usually consequence or has predilection for constipation. Liver cysts are usually benign lesions without relationship to issues of large bowel..Exact cause of simple liver cysts not known. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause some discomfort or swelling around or near the liver or where my gallbladder use to be?

Can constipation cause some discomfort or swelling around or near the liver or where my gallbladder use to be?

Yes. And no.: Constipation can cause abdominal discomfort and swelling. Pain from constipation tends to be more general cramping pain but can certainly be perceived in different parts of the abdomen including the upper right part of the abdomen where the liver is. The gallbladder is small enough that any constipation pain is merely coincidental and not because it was removed. ...Read more

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Why the constipation considered risky for pateint with liver cirrhosis?

Hepatic encephalopat: Hi, constipation promotes bacteria in gut to break down proteins and produce more toxins like Ammonia which could go to the brain and cause worsening level of consciousness, from sleepiness to coma. ...Read more

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Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Wouldn't surprise me: "liver detox diets" are widely varied and are not evidence-based medicine. Use them at your own risk -- they have landed people in the intensive care unit. Your personal physician -- who unlike an internet "independent thinker / persecuted humanitarian" is obligated by law to tell the truth -- is your best guide to health, be it liver function, diet, or whatever's troubling you now. Cheers. ...Read more

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1.When fibroids are causing constipation, does it mean that they are pressing on the intern organs ? 2. Can they cause damage to the kidneys or liver?

1.When fibroids are causing constipation, does it mean that they are pressing on the intern organs ?  2. Can they cause damage to the kidneys or liver?

1. Yes 2. No.: The pelvis is packed with organs all fighting for elbow room -- an enlarged uterus blocks rectal evacuation. It could also cause urinary frequency and urgency; or even issues with sex. If they're that big, you may be headed for hysterectomy. The kidneys and liver are tucked way up high and out of the pelvis -- no worries there. Take a stool softener to maintain a stool that curls and bends. ...Read more

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I take 500-80mg of magnesium daily which cures my constipation. AST & ALT were high last test. Could magnesium be a cause? I thought mag helped liver?

I take 500-80mg of magnesium daily which cures my constipation. AST & ALT were high last test. Could magnesium be a cause? I thought mag helped liver?

Not the cause: I am glad you have found magnesium salts to be an effective laxative and hope you need to use this only occasionally. This is not the cause of your elevated enzymes and if they stay up, they need to be worked up to rule out hepatitis, hemochromatosis, and Wildon's. Loading up on magnesium is of no special benefit to your liver. ...Read more