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I have been constipated for over a week. When I do go stools are thin and I mostly pass gas. Going takes considerable effort.?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Constipation stinks

Start with a high fiber diet.
If that doesn't work, try colace, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or fiber supplements, all of which are over the counter. If that still doesnt work, try an enema. In the meantime, set up an appt with your doctor to rule out scary things.

In brief: Constipation stinks

Start with a high fiber diet.
If that doesn't work, try colace, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or fiber supplements, all of which are over the counter. If that still doesnt work, try an enema. In the meantime, set up an appt with your doctor to rule out scary things.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Look over your medications and supplements - Some pain releivers and HTN meds and even Calcium and Iron will bind you up. However, I would recommend discussing with your physician before discontinuing any medication
Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fleets enema

May be helpful. Can also use otc magnesium citrate.
Drink lots of water, get lots of exercise. See your doctor.

In brief: Fleets enema

May be helpful. Can also use otc magnesium citrate.
Drink lots of water, get lots of exercise. See your doctor.
Dr. Michael Jones
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fiber and hydration

Sorry, but you sound constipated.
Hydration is important as is fiber in your diet. Many require a fiber supplement (see metamucil) which also requires excellent hydration to work. You may need more of a stool softener (eg: colace) or even a stool stimulant (eg: milk of magnesia). Anything more aggressive (other medications or enemas) should be discussed with your doctor.

In brief: Fiber and hydration

Sorry, but you sound constipated.
Hydration is important as is fiber in your diet. Many require a fiber supplement (see metamucil) which also requires excellent hydration to work. You may need more of a stool softener (eg: colace) or even a stool stimulant (eg: milk of magnesia). Anything more aggressive (other medications or enemas) should be discussed with your doctor.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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In brief: See a GI doctor

You must be evaluated by a gastroenterologist asap.

In brief: See a GI doctor

You must be evaluated by a gastroenterologist asap.
Dr. Eugene Rubach
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