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My aunt is 85 years old. She has had 2 bowel surgeries. The

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My aunt is 85 years old. She has had 2 bowel surgeries. The second bowel surgery was from an obstruction. She has had chronic constipation since January of 2015. She has seen doctors, but not a gastrointerologist. She has used laxitives prescribed ny the doctor , stool softeners, supositories, and recently I got some acidolphlis tabs. She recently had to go to thr ER because she passed out from straining, aafter taking a fleets enema, and she has heart trouble. Do you have any suggestions thst would help.e
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

Sorry to hear about your aunt.

Can you please enumerate all the medications and stool softeners that she has tried and all the medications that she is on?

Does she have any other medical problems?

Please let me know.

Kind regards

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.


In fact.

If she has not had a recent colonoscopy this is mandatory.

She also needs immediate consultation with a gastroenterologist.

The straining causes a vagal vasal response. This is why she passed out.

She needs to avoid straining to avoid passing out, which , for her, can be dangerous.

Straining must be alleviated.

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Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.

I would appreciate it if you could answer the questions that I have posted above so that I can help you out with your concerns in a better way.

Kind regards