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Why Am I Always Constipated
Colonoscopy: See a surgeon or GI for a colonoscopy to rule out a stricture or tumor that could be obstructing you (less likely). Then ... Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. ...Read more
How do you define...: ...constipation & what medical evaluation have you had to rule out metabolic causes (e.g. low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, intermittent ileus (e.g. pseudo-obstruction), lots more? ...Read more
I've always had problems with being constipated but this time its been 12 days since i had a bm at what point should I worry? What's a fast way to bm
See a doctor: We are always worried about any change in bowel habit in older people. In your case , constipation seems to be longstanding. Also you are a little younger than the age concerning for cancer. This might just be worsening of your chronic problem, but since there is a recent change i will advise you to see a doctor for evaluation. Drinking plenty water, fibers , exercise , some medications may help. ...Read more
And if...: If the excellent suggestions by dr. Novick don't help enough, you might consider seeing a "gastroenterologist" (often called a "gi specialist"). There are even GI docs who specialize in motility problems, which often cause constipation. Start simple, though. Lots of fiber, exercise, water. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain in my "llium" area. Started last night (about 20 hours ago) and is gradually getting worse. Also I am almost always constipated, including now.
Magnesium: Magnesium supplementation can work like a charm! the problem with magnesium tablets is that they often pass through the digestive system without being digested -- thus you derive no benefit. I recommend peter gilham's natural vitality calm, a powdered form of magnesium (which makes it very "bioavailable"). It is great for constipation, musculoskeletal tension, headaches, anxiety, stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: New onset of feeling constipated needs to be evaluated. This may be a symptom of other problems. ...Read more
Increase fiber.: A good initial step to treat intermittent constipation is to increase the amount of fiber in your diet. You may even consider taking a dose of Metamucil each day. When increasing the fiber, it is important to increase the amount of fluid intake also. If this simple remedy doesn't help, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
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