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I am constipated....

I am constipated. What can I do to get relief?

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

Have not seen doctor. I take high blood pressure medicine.

Doctor's Assistant: When was last time you had a check up? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family?

I have a check up every six months and yes my family history includes high blood pressure.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

What is your age?

Is your constipation since very long or is recent?

What are the measures you have tried?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Im 64, the constipation is recent. Have not tried anything. This morning I have cramps but nothing comes out.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
dos yu recommend a laxative?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

You may try Suppository or home use enema.

Following measures also would help you;

1) Vegetables,

2) Fruits (especially dried fruits)

3) Cereals like whole wheat, bran or oatmeal

4) Celery

5) Grainy breads, such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel

6) Legumes, such as chickpeas, baked beans and lima beans

7) Dried plums (prunes), and prune juice

You can try ground flaxseed sprinkled on salads, cooked vegetables, and cereals.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 5 months ago

Following long term measure can help you:

1) Increased fluids

2) Prune juice and dried plums

3) Increased fiber; preparation like Benfiber can be tried.

4) An herbal tea, "Smooth Move," have been found to have good result in moving the bowel.

5) Toilet after meals; Toileting 15 to 30 minutes after eating makes use of the gastrocolic reflex. The gastrocolic reflex results in propagating spikes in the colon and rectum within a half an hour after a meal. When we eat, our stomach distends and this sends reflex signals to the large intestines (colon) facilitating for their movements. If one utilizes next half hour of meal, for toilet, the stool elimination time is decreased.

6) Increase in exercise

7) Stimulant laxatives stimulate intestinal motility and increase intestinal secretion. They are anthraquinones (cascara, aloe, and senna) and diphenylmethanes (bisacodyl, sodium picosulfate, phenolphthalein).

8) Avoidance of stress

9) Wheat bran, 20 gms per day can decrease the rectal transit time

10) Vegetables,

11) Fruits (especially dried fruits)

12) Cereals like whole wheat, bran or oatmeal

13) Celery

14) Grainy breads, such as whole wheat, rye or pumpernickel

15) Legumes, such as chickpeas, baked beans and lima beans

16) You can try ground flaxseed sprinkled on salads, cooked vegetables, and cereals.

Food which cause constipation and should be avoided are;

Ice cream

Cheese

Meat / Red meat

Chips, cookies and pizza

Pastries

Foods that contain white flour

Pastas

Junk food or fast food

Banana

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