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Customer: 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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Customer: 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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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year 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
Expert:  Internist replied 1 year 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


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks a million!ūüėÄ
Expert:  Internist replied 1 year 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


Expert:  Internist replied 1 year ago.


dear ja customer,

do you need any assistance with questions?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


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 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.

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