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Doctor insights on: Which Fibers Add Fluid To Gut

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Stomach distended always. Bowel movement once or twice a week. Take herbal laxative tea, fiber, fluids but no results. Weight gain.

Stomach distended always. Bowel movement once or twice a week. Take herbal laxative tea, fiber, fluids but no results. Weight gain.

You need examination: If constipation is a change in your normal pattern. You need abdominal, stool and rectal exam, pelvic exam for female organs, and probably ultrasound and/or colonoscopy. Good luck! ...Read more

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The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


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Can psyllium fiber cause upper abdomen to become distended?

Can psyllium fiber cause upper abdomen to become distended?

Belly bloat: Fine r can produce abdominal gas thereby bloating your belly. ...Read more

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I am a 20 year old male and i'v had pain in my abdomen 4 two days I haven't worked out, I have changed my eating habits fruit, wh meat and fiber?

I am a 20 year old male and i'v had pain in my abdomen 4 two days I haven't worked out, I have changed my eating habits fruit, wh meat and fiber?

It is: Likely your sudden change in diet especially if you are producing more gas (flatulence). However this should remain a minor annoyance rather than a significant discomfort so if it is anything more than that see your doctor...coincidences do happen and I would not want you to ignore something significant. ...Read more

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I am having pain n lower abdomen and lower back. Regular dr said eat more fiber well I am not havin issues n that dept?

I am having pain n lower abdomen and lower back. Regular dr said eat more fiber well I am not havin issues n that dept?

Constipation common: There are many causes of abdominal pain, some of which can be simply annoying, like constipation, others can be deadly. Many constipated people don't realize it. Ask Dr why he/she thinks you're constipated. Xray can prove it. If pain continues keep working w/Dr to rule out serious causes. Most of the time the cause can be determined with a physical exam and a few simple tests. ...Read more

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Do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet if leaky gut?

Do I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet if leaky gut?

High fiber helpful: Healthy intestinal flora break down fiber to produce short chain fatty acids like butyric acid, which are essential for healing a leaky gut, so a high fiber diet, along with probiotics/prebiotics will generally help. It is also necessary to treat the causes of the leaky gut by treating parasites, yeast and unfriendly bacteria and avoiding allergenic foods and alcohol and anti-inflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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Can I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet with leaky gut?

Can I eat a low fiber diet or a high fiber diet with leaky gut?

High fiber: Eat a high fiber diet. A high fiber diet contains more vitamins and antioxidants than a low residue diet. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stools are pencil thin. Fiber is irritating my gut. I slowly increase I get mucus pain and spasms. I decrease pain mucus subsides but I get constipated.

Stools are pencil thin. Fiber is irritating my gut. I slowly increase I get mucus pain and spasms. I decrease pain mucus subsides but I get constipated.

Irritable bowel?: These are very typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome -- probably the most common of all gastrointestinal problems that bring patients to doctors. Effective treatment is available. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible problems, like inflammatory bowel disease; and treatment advice. ...Read more

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What causes food allergies? I keep developing food allergies, and my doctors have no explanations. I also have IBS-C. Is Leaky Gut a real disease? Could it be causing my problems? (all I eat is fiber)

What causes food allergies? I keep developing food allergies, and my doctors have no explanations. I also have IBS-C. Is Leaky Gut a real disease? Could it be causing my problems? (all I eat is fiber)

First, you need to: Make sure what you are experiencing are true allergies. Many people have food intolerances--nausea, pain, diarrhea--but often food allergy also involves hives, itchy skin, shortness of breath indicating an activation of your immunologic system. Having IBS leads me to favor the food intolerance diagnosis. Leaky gut, as you suggest, isn't a recognized diagnosis.Fiber is good, but more balance needed ...Read more

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Abdomen pain right side, gassy, nausea, back pain, anus pressure, constipated once in a while especially if I don't eat fiber could this be ibs?

Abdomen pain right side, gassy, nausea, back pain, anus pressure, constipated once in a while especially if I don't eat fiber could this be ibs?

Possible: But doubt it bet you have round had stool more often fhN not which by definition is constipation. You'd poops should look like firm but softer bananas otherwise you are constipated. Constipation is defined by the quality not frequency of your poop. If you are constipated drink8 glasses of water and eat 9 servings of fruits and veggies a day.! If not improving you might want to see your doc ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a bowel obstruction or fiber blockage?

How to tell if I have a bowel obstruction or fiber blockage?

SBO or LBO: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor or surgeon as these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a GI issue or even a stricture or other causes of GI tract narrowing or blockage. ...Read more

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What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

H20: Have you been taking in enough water. If you take in lots of fiber with inadequate water, it can make the problem worse. Recommend hydrating well. If otc laxatives are not working, consider consulting with your physician. ...Read more

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Can a lack of fiber in my diet cause a lot of bowel problems?

Can a lack of fiber in my diet cause a lot of bowel problems?

Fiber: Can prevent constipation and help with IBS irritable bowel syndromes so use otc fiber or eat salads and whole grains it should help[ ...Read more

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I onli drink fruit juice n do not eat fruits but I've no problems with my bowel as I clear everyday. Is fiber of no issue to me then?

I onli drink fruit juice n do not eat fruits but I've no problems with my bowel as I clear everyday. Is fiber of no issue to me then?

OK: It depends on the fruit juice you drink. If you blend you own fruit juice that is good. If you purchase them from the store and it is very thin then you are only getting a minimal amount of fiber. It is always best to eat the real thing. You are young and may not have a problem now. If the rest of your diet has fiber like vegetables, salads, nuts, then you are fine. ...Read more

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Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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I haven't had an urge for a bowel movement in at least a week maybe two weeks. I've tried increasing my fiber but nothing. What should I do?

I haven't had an urge for a bowel movement in at least a week maybe two weeks. I've tried increasing my fiber but nothing. What should I do?

You are: CONSTIPATED! The formal definition of constipation is fewer than 3 bowel movements a week....as important as increasing fiber (5+ fruits/vegetables plus whole grains/cereals daily and? Fiber supplements), you need LOTS OF WATER...more than 8 glasses a day. And EXERCISE daily. You could next try laxatives, i.e. OTC MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) but at this point you should see Doc in case any tests are needed for eval ...Read more

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Dad, 79 yr, Colonoscopy on Monday, which was normal. His bowel-M has been half the usual or none. On a fiber supp. How long b-fore his BM is normal?

Dad, 79 yr, Colonoscopy on Monday, which was normal. His bowel-M has been half the usual or none. On a fiber supp. How long b-fore his BM is normal?

Variable: Colonoscopy preparation usually involves a bowel prep that cleans all material out so the physician can see. Return to normal bowel function usually comes back when appetite and normal food intake resumes. ...Read more

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Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

It depends.: It depends on whether or not you can eat gluten containing foods. If you can, it is likely ok. But if you have a problem, then avoid those foods. You might need to avoid lactose foods, like milk. Avoiding stress and an overall high fiber, bland diet would help a great deal if not already done. A visit to your doctor to get tested, and work out therapy can help. ...Read more

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After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

Constipation: Do you have a history of constipation. Have you ever had a clean out done where you flush your system. Is your bowl movements watery or soft. Fiber is good to take but the amount depend on your age. It should be age plus five until you reach adult age, than you should take 45 grams a day. ...Read more

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I need advice for colon cleanse, how can I remove fecal matter built up? I have good bowel function, take fiber, water and exercise.

I need advice for colon cleanse, how can I remove fecal matter built up? I have good bowel function, take fiber, water and exercise.

Colon Cleanse: These are a waste of money. Feces does not get stored in the colon. It is a one way tube that handles waste. You state you have good bowel function. Then everything is already getting cleaned out. These can also be dangerous due to the risk of bowel perforation. ...Read more

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Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Refer To GI Doctor: Need more details. Please re-submit your question and include age, describe your "bowel problems" in detail so that we can analyze your symptoms. Were you given a diagnosis? The more information you can give us, the better. Have you had any tests done? Constipation since infancy can occur in certain congenital anomalies of the GI tract. Discuss with your doctor about referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I have 5-6 bowel movements weekly (nearly once daily) is it regular? I take plenty fiber, water and excercise regularly. Also I am 36 years old.

I have 5-6 bowel movements weekly (nearly once daily) is it regular? I take plenty fiber, water and excercise regularly. Also I am 36 years old.

Normal: Normal bowel movement ranges from 2-4 per day to once every 2-3 days as long as not excessively hard or painful to pass, without blood. What you describe is perfectly normal. ...Read more

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Is that regular to have 1 bowel movement daily? Sometime I don't have bm at all throughtout the day, is that normal? I also eat plenty fiber and water

Is that regular to have 1 bowel movement daily? Sometime I don't have bm at all throughtout the day, is that normal? I also eat plenty fiber and water

Normal: That is normal. Not having a bowel movement daily can be normal as well. Your goal is to have a bowel movement that is soft, and easy to pass. It doesn't matter if it occurs daily or every other day. Continue with the fluids and fiber. Natural sources of fiber as fresh fruits and vegetables are the best. ...Read more