Constipation refers to a difficulty or inability to pass motions comfortably. The stool may be hardened due to less water content in the body (dehydration). The person may need to strain hard to pass the stools, leading to pain, tears, fissures, and bleeding.

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What are the causes of blood in stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I have bloating issues, changed bowel habits (mostly constipation), fatigue, bleeding after defecation, and maroon blood mixed with the stool. I have these symptoms for two weeks that emerged quite suddenly. Is this a strong sign of colorectal cancer? I am still waiting for the results o...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, I can gather that you are a 39-year-old male without significant family history and with a history of smoking. Your symptoms of bloating, altered bowel habits, and blood in stools are of short duration (two weeks). I would like to know whether you h...  Read Full »

I have abdominal pain with bloating for five months. Can I have colon cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had abdominal pain for five months. It is mainly under the right side ribs along the right flank. I also have some pain on the left. I feel gassy and bloated. The stomach makes some crazy noises. I was constipated for a few months, but now I have constant diarrhea. I am going to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your question, most likely it is not colon cancer. The problems are due to disturbed gastrointestinal flora. Our gut consists of its own environment of a microorganism called gut flora. They are responsible for proper digestion of food. Once this flora is depleted...  Read Full »

What is an anal fissure, and its common cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female, and I have a swollen anus, which is itchy, painful while passing stool, and is bleeding a little. I have noticed a few things wrong when trying to pass stool. It has become unbearable, and I am a little worried it could be anal cancer.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, the symptoms and the anal swelling seem to be an acute anal fissure. The anal fissure is a breach in the lining of the anal canal. There are specific causes for its development; the common of all is constipation or forceful passage of stools (straining). I wan...  Read Full »

How to get rid of gastroenterological problems faced for a long duration?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I am having the following symptoms: 1) Sweet taste from the past two days. 2) Always feel constipated. 3) Feel tired most of the time. 4) Hard to sleep. I have a history of gastroenterological problems. Sometimes my uric acid becomes high. I also get jaundice s...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Actually, in such cases, an endoscopic examination is required. If you are frequently facing gastrointestinal symptoms, endoscopy will help rule out any disease associated with GI (gastrointestinal) tract. I would suggest you take a high-fiber diet for constipation and ...  Read Full »

Does COVID-19 medications cause constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am recovering from COVID-19. It is almost three weeks now, and I do not have a fever. However, I am having constipation for the last 10 to 12 days. Today morning I had stomach pain, but the motion was fine. But my stomach pain persists till now. Kindly suggest me a solution.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Did you take any medications like antibiotics or painkillers to treat COVID-19 infection (coronavirus disease 2019)? How severe is the pain in your stomach? Does pain improve after you take meals or water? Or it worsens after meals? Did you use any acid suppressant medi...  Read Full »

Why do I have to exert a lot of pressure while passing motion?

Query: Hi doctor,I have difficulty passing motion. Today while passing motion, a bit of blood came. Also had to exert a lot of pressure to pass the motion. A bit of burning sensation is also there. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sosela Rrusho

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you described, it seems you are having constipation and need a lot of pressure since the stools are very dry and are difficult to pass. Therefore, the first thing you need to do in this case is diet and physical activities. 1. Please eat healthily, add more fibrou...  Read Full »

Is encopresis in children treatable?

Query: Hi doctor, My 5-year-old son does not tell me when he poops in his pants. He does this three to four times a day, and we need to keep checking again. Is there any issue with his stomach? Also, he has hard stools in the morning. Please explain.   Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your description, this issue is prevalent in cases of constipation. I would suggest doing the following, Please give the child Duphalac (Lactulose) 10 ml twice a day for ten days along with plenty of water. Reduce the intake of bread and bread products, mil...  Read Full »

How to manage inflammation in the groin area and constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an inflammation in my groin area. It becomes very hot and sweaty, especially in my anus that makes me think of the need to defecate, but mostly I do not. At work, I cannot sit or have a meeting for a long time without feeling uncomfortable and needing to go to the toilet, which is...  Read Full »

Dr. Seena Shylanathan

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your symptoms, I think you are suffering from hemorrhoids. You should take care of your diet primarily. Eat more leafy vegetables, cut out nonvegetarian, spicy, and oily foods. Drink plenty of water. Quit smoking. You can use the hemorrhoid cream. You shoul...  Read Full »

What causes blisters and constant pain on specific areas of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor,I am experiencing constant pain or burning sensation for the last 2-3 months in my tongue. There were a couple of very small blisters of 1 mm, but they vanished on their own. I am a teetotaler. In fact, I do not even have tea coffee. I went through a hernia surgery seven months back. An...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your reports are largely fine (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) except low Vitamin D. So you should take supplements for it like Tablet Uprise D3 (Colecalciferol) 60,000 units or Calcirol sachet (Colecalciferol) once a week for 8 weeks with m...  Read Full »

What are the common causes for stomach upset?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from stomach upset for about one month. My stomach feels full and tight all day. My belly looks larger than usual. When I start to eat or drink stomach feels full, but I am still hungry. I have on and off mild stomach pain. I have throat irritation and a burning sensation on...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most common causes of stomach upset are gastritis, constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), infection, accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Other uncommon causes are tumors of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. Out of these, gastritis should improve with ...  Read Full »

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