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What to do in severe constipation?

What to do in severe constipation?

Clean house.: First step is to have a "blow out." this can be started with manual disimpaction / enema and completed with a cathartic such as magnesium citrate. Afterwards you should start a program of additive agents such as senna / docusate and perhaps an osmotic agent depending upon the nature of your constipation. The goal is one formed bm/day. ...Read more

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What can I do about severe constipation?

What can I do about severe constipation?

Full assessment: Constipation has many contributors. Diet high in simple carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, starches), lack of exercise, and lack of fluid intake are primary reasons, followed closely by medications that dry you out. If you are a woman, menopause can also be a contributor. That being said, adding daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 17g twice a day with water will help, and follow with an otc mild laxative for a few days. ...Read more

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What can you do about severe constipation?

What can you do about severe constipation?

Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! stop the caffeine! ...Read more

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What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

Care with laxatives: This is often a challenging problem. It is likely aggravated by supplemental iron you are taking because you are anemic or iron in your prenatal vitamin. Do as much water as you can, add daily walking exercise of 45 minutes. A low dose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) may help. Talk with your doctor about switching to a lower dose supplement or taking vitamins with DHA, a nutrient that's also a stool softener. ...Read more

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Hi to all dear doctors..I want to ask what should I do ? I have severe constipation..And im taking 1 tablet of thyroxine daily.. I eat a lot of fibers

Hi to all dear doctors..I want to ask what should I do ? I have severe constipation..And im taking 1 tablet of thyroxine daily.. I eat a lot of fibers

Check thyroid levels: Low thyroid levels i.e. Hypothyroidism can cause condtipation. Make sure your levels are ok. If they are ok , try some mild otc laxative to see if this helps. If not, see your physician. ...Read more

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What do I do about severe constipation and abdominal pain?

What do I do about severe constipation and abdominal pain?

See your doctor pls: Sorry, but we don't know your specific circumstances to be helpful here--how severe ; acute is your constipation, ; if present what's it's cause? Is there an underlying pelvic inflammatory process? What accompanying signs may be present (bleeding, tenderness, discharge) or do you have an underlying problem (colovaginal fistula, infection, colitis, etc.). Your doctor knows you best--call him/her. ...Read more

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What to do about severe stomach pain constipation?

What to do about severe stomach pain constipation?

Stay hydrated: The first rule of constipation is to stay well hydrated. If this doesn't work, try increasing the amount of fiber in the diet (food and supplements) to 20-25gm per day. Make sure to maintain hydration, otherwise the fiber may have the opposite effect. If this is new, ask you primary care if a GI referral for a colonoscopy is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have severe constipation?

I have severe constipation?

Need more info: Make sure you bet a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids. I would also start MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) ever night and then be evaluated by a md. ...Read more

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How do I cure severe constipation?

How do I cure severe constipation?

Not really: If you feel yogurt will help your constipation, you are wrong.
You need to consume more high fiber foods, vegetables and fruits and lot of water to wash it down
constipation is related to what you eat and drink. ...Read more

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How to cure a severe constipation?

How to cure a severe constipation?

Constipation : Most importantly, drink plenty of fluids. At least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day is recommended. Add fiber to your diet such as bran, prunes and vegetables. Exercise everyday. If you continue to have a problem, add a fiber product such as Benefiber or Metamucil. If you do not get relief, try Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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Can i die from severe constipation?

Unlikely: Severe constipation leading to obstruction in the large bowel can lead to death but this is unlikely in a healthy young adult. You are more likely to suffer from abdominal pain or hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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What's the fix for severe constipation?

What's the fix for severe constipation?

Medication and diet: Severe constipation can be treated effectively with medications
but also it is important to make sure there is no underlying
condition presenting as constipation e.G of condition : thyroid disease, irritable bowel, celiac disease.
There are both over the counter medications and prescribed medications that can help relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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How to relieve very severe constipation?

How to relieve very severe constipation?

Diet vs medication: There are lot of good medications available to help with constipation. The dose and safety will depend on the age of patient.

Three steps to treat constipation: good initial clean out , then maintenance and then adjusting diet to help wean off and decrease use of medications. Some patients may need medications for a long time and that is okay depending on what meds they are on. ...Read more

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What should I use for severe constipation?

What should I use for severe constipation?

Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less.
80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum. ...Read more

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Why might someone have severe constipation?

Why might someone have severe constipation?

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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What can be done to cure a severe constipation?

What can be done to cure a severe constipation?

Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less.
80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum. ...Read more

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I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

Fiber and water: drink more water and eat more fiber, or add metamucil or similar fiber supplement. If getting worse see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can a person die if they have had severe constipation?

Can a person die if they have had severe constipation?

Rare but yes...: Severe constipation can rarely cause hard, dry stool to erode through the colon wall. Peritonitis can occur, and death is a possibility. Having said that, most people's constipation will never become that extreme. Drink lots of water and increase your fiber intake- psyllium is a good fiber supplement. And see your doctor for help! ...Read more

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How can I help my two kids with "severe constipation"?

How can I help my two kids with "severe constipation"?

Fiber and fluids: Whole grain cereals, bran, fruits eaten with the skin/rind, vegetables. Drinking lots of water and fruit juices like prunes, pears, etc. ...Read more

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How are constipation and severe constipation different?

By definition: Consider pain, a mild pain may b tolerable but severe pain is not. ...Read more

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Could a person die from severe constipation for 2 weeks?

Could a person die from severe constipation for 2 weeks?

No: Unlikely. The body will still try to evacuate wastes it will just be harder. Try increasing the fluid intake in your diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fibre, cereals also help. ...Read more

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

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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After how many days would it be dangerous to have severe constipation?

After how many days would it be dangerous to have severe constipation?

One week: Bowel movement can be very variable. Usually it is still consider as normal when it is down to once a week.
Stool softeners are very helpful to regulate bowel movement as well as diet rich in fibers.
In old people, fecaloma (stool impaction in the distal large bowel) may require evacuation. ...Read more

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Severe constipation for last few days, took Meta mucil but didn't help. ?

Severe constipation for last few days, took Meta mucil but didn't help. ?

Many more options: Metamucil is helpful in preventing constipation but you have to take it regularly. it is too late to help you now. To relieve the present problem, you should pick up over the counter relief medicines such as Dulcolax or Senokot or Milk of Magnesia and take a generous dose now and every 4-6 hourly till you have a good bowel movement. For future, eat extra fruits and vegetables and grains/Fiber. ...Read more

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I have severe constipation tried all medicines. I get constipated for like 2 weeks. Feels horrible. Please suggest something I can do. Please :(?

I have severe constipation tried all medicines. I get constipated for like 2 weeks. Feels horrible. Please suggest something I can do. Please :(?

All medicines?: You've tried all possible remedies?! An answer to why the constipation is indicated. You could be hypothyroid, depressed, etc. let alone colon problems

In terms of "natural remedies" I suggest a big glass of warm prune juice with breakfast and a glycerine or dulcolax suppository about an hour after same. But please try and get an explanation for why. Your body is telling you something. ...Read more

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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?

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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I have severe constipation after water fast. What's my next step?

Start water again..: Dehydration causes constipation and in your case, resuming normal water usage will likely resolve your problem. You may need to use quite a bit to get back the water that you lost from recent restriction. Adding a bit of fibers will help. For a more rapid relief, a gentle fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) will likely result in quick evaculation. If not helpful, consult your doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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