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My name is ***** ***** and I am 79 years old. Recently I have had stool composed of hard little balls. Have to push to pass stool, but required pressure needed stops as balls pass and break up.

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The medicines I take are for blood pressure, thyroid, cholestrol and depression. I also take calcium and fish oil .... the calcium as I had breast cancer 8 yrs ago. Last test only showed 1 spot which was removed.

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Doctor: Internist, Doctor replied 2 years ago
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hi there,

i am online and will be happy to answer your questions,

thank you for your patience.

sorry to hear about your problems.

have you noticed any blood in your stools?

you are taking medications for hyperthyroid or hypothyroid?

what medication you take for depression?

have you noticed any change in calibre of your stools? ( thinning of your stools )

this is an info request. please reply so i can help you. thank you

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Levothyroxin 75, Paroxetine 10, Atorvadtatin 20, Valsartan 80. Medicines I have been taking for years; however, Diovannlood pressure, is now a generic. No blood, not thin. Thank u
Doctor: Internist, Doctor replied 2 years ago

hi again,

thank you for replying.

when was last time you checked your TSH level?

you may need to increase on your thyroxine. as hypothyroidism also causes constipation.

Constipation is a common complaint and often responds to dietary changes and various laxatives. try adding dairy products and more fiber in your diet. drink more water, exercise more often to your bearable level.

i would recommend psyllium husk along with above life style changes. it is a fiber suppliment. follow these recommendations and you will see improvementin 7-10 days. if you do not, you should get a physical examination by your doctor and check your TSH level also.

Please feel free to ask any questions you have.

Kindly click on accept / leave positive ratings above chat box if done for now. thank you

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks a million!😀
Doctor: Internist, Doctor replied 2 years ago

you are very welcome.

Please feel free to ask any questions you have.

kindly click on accept/ leave positive ratings above chat box if done for now.

thank you

Regards.

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Doctor: Internist, Doctor replied 2 years ago

hi,

dear ja customer,

do you need any assistance with questions?

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Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 2 years ago
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Hello

Do not self treat and talk to your doctor now.

Any change in stool habits warrants a colonoscopy, unless you have had one in the last 10 years...at age 70 is typical.

We do not diagnose, treat or replace your doctor on line.

Simply adding fiber is not adequate.

It is not likely if your thyroid has been controlled that this is from thyroid. That said, TSH should be between .3 and 3. Some say 2.5.

I am a double board certified US doctor, and I will always give you correct, safe and comprehensive answers.

Please click a positive rating if you appreciate my input, as that will get me paid.

Find me any day of the week by request: "For Dr. Thomas only."

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