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Diagnosed with stomach flu on Nov. 8th. Lasted about a week.

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Diagnosed with stomach flu on Nov. 8th. Lasted about a week. Resumed normal diet and now have had no bowel movement for five days. Is this the result of the stomach flu and is it okay to take milk of magnesia and prune juice as a laxative. Had have no pain or discomfort until today, the 5th day.
JA: How long has this been bothering you? Are you experiencing any vomiting or nausea?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 8 months ago.


Myself Dr Josh- and I’m happy to help with your question today.

Please provide me the following information so that I can address your concern-

Do you have excess formation of gas in abdomen?

Do you suffer from abdomen cramps?

What is your issue with bowel, please explain.

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Expert:  Dr Josh replied 8 months ago.


Thanks for staying Online.

I can understand your concern.

Yes, it is true that after stomach flu, one may have problem with bowel movements for short time.

Usually such condition, is temporary.

Yes, to resolve constipation you can take milk of magnesia and prune juice.

Milk of magnesia would work by drawing water into the intestines, and cause movement of intestine.

Prune juice is a great option for relieving constipation and helping you to stay regular. You can drink 4 to 8 ounces of prune juice each morning to stimulate a bowel movement.

You should take plenty of water, Try to go for walk/ physical exercise 4-5 times a week.

In few days, such issue would get resolve.

Hope this helped

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