Constipation? Topic: Constipation?
June 27, 2019 / By Baal-Zebub
Question: I have a bad stomuch, i try to drink more water and cut down on bread and pasta but its still difficult for me to go to toilet. i do take medicine but few day it will be the same again. what do I do?
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Win Win | 10 days ago
Constipation means that a person has three bowel movements or fewer in a week. The stool is hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. You may feel "draggy" and full. Some people think they should have a bowel movement every day. That is not really true. There is no "right" number of bowel movements. Each person's body finds its own normal number of bowel movements. It depends on the food you eat, how much you exercise, and other things. At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts for a short time and is not serious. When you understand what causes constipation, you can take steps to prevent Changing what you eat and drink and how much you exercise will help relieve and prevent constipation. Here are some steps you can take. 1. Eat more fiber. High-Fiber Foods Fruit such as apples,peaches raspberries; tangerines; Vegetables: such as acorn squash, raw broccoli; raw brussel sprouts; raw cabbage, raw carrots; raw cauloiflower; cooked spinach; and raw Zucchini. Breads such as , Cereals, and Beans such as Whole-grain cereal, cold (All-Bran, Total, Bran Flakes) Whole-grain cereal, hot (oatmeal, Wheatena) Whole-wheat or 7-grain bread Black-eyed peas, cooked Kidney beans, cooked Lima beans, cooked 2. Drink plenty of water and other liquids such as fruit and vegetable juices and clear soups. Liquid helps keep the stool soft and easy to pass, so it's important to drink enough fluids. Try not to drink liquids that contain caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol tend to dry out your digestive system. 3. Get enough exercise. Regular exercise helps your digestive system stay active and healthy. You don't need to become a great athlete. A 20- to 30-minute walk every day may help. Allow yourself enough time to have a bowel movement. Sometimes we feel so hurried that we don't pay attention to our body's needs. Make sure you don't ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. 5. Use laxatives only if a doctor says you should. Laxatives are medicines that will make you pass a stool. Most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives. However, if you are doing all the right things and you are still constipated, your doctor may recommend laxatives for a limited time. Your doctor will tell you if you need a laxative and what type is best for you. Laxatives come in many forms: liquid, chewing gum, pills, and powder that you mix with water, for example. 6. Check with your doctor about any medicines you take. Some medicines can cause constipation. They include calcium pills, pain pills with codeine in them, some antacids, iron pills, diuretics (water pills), and medicines for depression. If you take medicine for another problem, be sure to ask your doctor whether it could cause constipation.
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Win Originally Answered: Can Similac Alimentum cause constipation in 5 month old baby ? What to give for constipation?
My son eats Nutramigen (Enfamils Alimentum) and takes prevacid and backlefan for acid reflux. We used Alimentum but we had constipation issues like you. At first I blamed the acid reflux meds but after consulting his GI doctor I found out that alimentum has a higher precentage of iron in it then nutramigen. Iron causes constipation. Before making anymore switches (since he has weight gain issues) give him some time to get used to the formula/prevacid. Also, have you tried putting a table spoon of oatmeal baby cearel in his bottles? It will loosen bowel movments and help reflux.

Sharona Sharona
i have that problem every now and then, Ive found that stool softener's help alot, and try to eat more fiber,
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Paise Paise
Try eating your veggies and fruits. You need fiber to keep things moving along. Fruits, veggies and whole grains do that through a combination of water soluble and insoluble fiber. Without them, things just can't move on down the line. Medication doesn't work in the long term because the system just gets dependant on it, and you get rebound constipation. Which is what sounds like may be partially your trouble. You don't necessarily have a bowel movement everyday, but it shouldn't be difficult or painful to do either. So eat your veggies and fruit, salads, and plenty of whole grains, and eat the skins of things as well. Drink plenty of liquid, and things will stay moving steadily. If it's really necessary, try adding a glass of the fiber supplement each day, and use stool softeners as opposed to laxatives to help jump start things. But it's really better if your fiber comes in the form nature provides it.
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Maralyn Maralyn
maybe you are drinking some medicine.. Medicines have their side effects, other meds would bring diarrhea,constipation, nausea, vomitting, etc.. just drink a lot of water, about 2000-2500 ml a day, that would be equivalent to 8-10 240ml glasses of water a day.. im also always constipated, so what i am doing is, i drink a lot of water, eat fiber rich foods
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Kinborough Kinborough
I have the same problem. what helped me are the ff: Dr. Natura's Colonix, H.O.PE. system. They cleaned me out of backlog, parasites and regulated my bowel system. Do an engine search so you can read testimonials. Psyllium fiber alone does not work for me so i get Triple fiber with oat fiber, flax and something else from the HOPE system. Been going three times a day.
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Janette Janette
Drink 10 glasses of water. Take fibre rich food. Avoid oil, meat and other fat food. Use vegetables. Do excercise regularly especially Yoga. Avoid tensions. These will help cure constipation.
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Essence Essence
You should go to see your Doctor....try eating lots of oranges or drinking loads of orange juice...or eat prunes all these are supposed to help!
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Clare Clare
FIRST OF ALL : STOP TAKING MEDICINE : that only makes it worse. Just relax : nature will take it's course. Don't worry about it !!!!!!!
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Clare Originally Answered: Need serious help on constipation?
Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel. Some people think they are constipated if they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, normal stool elimination may be three times a day or three times a week, depending on the person. Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life, and a poor diet typically is the cause. Most constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding its causes, prevention, and treatment will help most people find relief. Lower digestive system. Who gets constipated? Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States. More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year. Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults ages 65 and older. Pregnant women may have constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or surgery. Self-treatment of constipation with over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives is by far the most common aid. Around $725 million is spent on laxative products each year in America. [Top] What causes constipation? To understand constipation, it helps to know how the colon, or large intestine, works. As food moves through the colon, the colon absorbs water from the food while it forms waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon then push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it is solid, because most of the water has been absorbed. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. Common causes of constipation are not enough fiber in the diet lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly) medications milk irritable bowel syndrome changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel abuse of laxatives ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement dehydration specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common) problems with the colon and rectum problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation) Not Enough Fiber in the Diet People who eat a high-fiber diet are less likely to become constipated. The most common causes of constipation are a diet low in fiber or a diet high in fats, such as cheese, eggs, and meats. Fiber—both soluble and insoluble—is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily,* which is short of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults often eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed. A low-fiber diet also plays a key role in constipation among older adults, who may lose interest in eating and choose foods that are quick to make or buy, such as fast foods, or prepared foods, both of which are usually low in fiber. Also, difficulties with chewing or swallowing may cause older people to eat soft foods that are processed and low in fiber. *National Center for Health Statistics. Dietary Intake of Macronutrients, Micronutrients, and Other Dietary Constituents: United States, 1988–94. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 11, Number 245. July 2002. Not Enough Liquids Research shows that although increased fluid intake does not necessarily help relieve constipation, many people report some relief from their constipation if they drink fluids such as water and juice and avoid dehydration. Liquids add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. People who have problems with constipation should try to drink liquids every day. However, liquids that contain caffeine, such as coffee and cola drinks will worsen one’s symptoms by causing dehydration. Alcohol is another beverage that causes dehydration. It is important to drink fluids that hydrate the body, especially when consuming caffeine containing drinks or alcoholic beverages. Lack of Physical Activity A lack of physical activity can lead to constipation, although doctors do not know precisely why. For example, constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise. Lack of physical activity is thought to be one of the reasons constipation is common in older people. Medications Some medications can cause constipation, including pain medications (especially narcotics) antacids that contain aluminum and calcium blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers) antiparkinson drugs antispasmodics antidepressants iron supplements diuretics anticonvulsants Changes in Life or Routine During pregnancy, women may be constipated because of hormonal changes or because the uterus compresses the intestine. Aging may also affect bowel regularity, because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone. In addition, people often become constipated when traveling, because their normal diet and daily routine are disrupted. Abuse of Laxatives The common belief that people must have a daily bowel movement has led to self-medicating with OTC laxative products. Although people may feel relief when they use laxatives, typically they must increase the dose over time because the body grows reliant on laxatives in order to have a bowel movement. As a result, laxatives may become habit-forming. Ignoring the Urge to Have a Bowel Movement People who ignore the urge to have a bowel movement may eventually stop feeling the need to have one, which can lead to constipation. Some people delay having a bowel movement because they do not want to use toilets outside the home. Others ignore the urge because of emotional stress or because they are too busy. Children may postpone having a bowel movement because of stressful toilet training or because they do not want to interrupt their play. Specific Diseases Diseases that cause constipation include neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and systemic conditions that affect organ systems. These disorders can slow the movement of stool through the colon, rectum, or anus. Conditions that can cause constipation are found below. Neurological disorders multiple sclerosis Parkinson's disease chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction stroke spinal cord injuries Metabolic and endocrine conditions diabetes uremia hypercalcemia poor glycemic control hypothyroidism Systemic disorders amyloidosis lupus scleroderma Problems with the Colon and Rectum Intestinal obstruction, scar tissue—also called adhesions—diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, Hirschsprung’s disease, or cancer can compress, squeeze, or narrow the intestine and rectum and cause constipation. Problems with Intestinal Function The two types of constipation are idiopathic constipation and functional constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with predominant symptoms of constipation is categorized separately. Idiopathic—of unknown origin—constipation does not respond to standard treatment. Functional constipation means that the bowel is healthy but not working properly. Functional constipation is often the result of poor dietary habits and lifestyle. It occurs in both children and adults and is most common in women. Colonic inertia, delayed transit, and pelvic floor dysfunction are three types of functional constipation. Colonic inertia and delayed transit are caused by a decrease in muscle activity in the colon. These syndromes may affect the entire colon or may be confined to the lower, or sigmoid, colon. Pelvic floor dysfunction is caused by a weakness of the muscles in the pelvis surrounding the anus and rectum. However, because this group of muscles is voluntarily controlled to some extent, biofeedback training is somewhat successful in retraining the muscles to function normally and improving the ability to have a bowel movement. Functional constipation that stems from problems in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus. These abnormalities result in an inability to relax the rectal and anal muscles that allow stool to exit. People with IBS having predominantly constipation also have pain and bloating as part of their symptoms. [Top] How is the cause of constipation identified? The tests the doctor performs depend on the duration and severity of the constipation, the person’s age, and whether blood in stools, recent changes in bowel habits, or weight loss have occurred. Most people with constipation do not need extensive testing and can be treated with changes in diet and exercise. For example, in young people with mild symptoms, a medical history and physical exam may be all that is needed for diagnosis and treatment. Medical History The doctor may ask a patient to describe his or her constipation, including duration of symptoms, frequency of bowel movements, consistency of stools, presence of blood in the stool, and toilet habits—how often and where one has bowel movements. A record of eating habits, medication, and level of physical activity will also help the doctor determine the cause of const

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