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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I have difficulty passing stools. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a difficulty in passing stools and a clogging where the stool passes from the sigmoid colon to the rectum to execute a bowel movement. I just spent several hours of discomfort feeling constipated and as though I needed a bowel movement, only to pass a stool the size of a pea a...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have carefully reviewed your health query and can understand how worried you are about your health. The symptoms you are talking about are related to constipation. And there are a lot of different reasons for constipation. Sometimes the patient has just hard stools (...  Read Full »

My 4-year-old daughter has a stomach ache, constipation, and weight loss with bowel wall inflammation in ultrasound. Is it IBD?

Query: Hello doctor,My 4-year-old daughter has complained of stomach aches and constipation for past four days. She has been gradually loosing weight for the past many months. We did a ultra sound and stool test. Her ultra sound showed inflammation on her bowel wall and the stool test showed calprotectin l...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest the following: Give the child Muout powder (Polyethylene Glycol) - 4 scoops in 1 glass of water early in the morning on an empty stomach for three days, followed by two scoops in 1 glass of water early in the morning on an empty stomach for two weeks. Reduce...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and bloating on the left side of my upper stomach?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pain and bloating on the left side of my upper stomach, just under my left breast. When I eat food, it starts to bloat up and is painful, like my ribs are having pressure pushed on them. I do not feel unwell with this symptom, but I have been constipated, and my poo is light brown. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Sir, the pain and bloating are due to acidity and constipation, so if we treat the underlying causes, you will be fine. Constipation is usually due to a low fiber diet, so I suggest you take a high fiber diet such a...  Read Full »

I am having constipation and it is not cured even after having medications. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 15-year-old boy, from the past week I am having constipation, my stool is very soft, but it is difficult to pass, I read about these symptoms in, and they said this is signs of colorectal cancer, I am very scared, I went to my doctor he said there is nothing to worry, he just t...  Read Full »

Dr. M. A. Toyeb, Nazma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from constipation. It is not colorectal cancer. There is nothing to worry about. Follow these instructions for one week, and you will be completely cured. 1. Continue using Skilax (Sulfolax) for one week. 2. Eat a diet rich in fibers like carrots,...  Read Full »

What medicines to take for anal pain?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days back, I faced problem with digestion and constipation. I had frequent bowel movement. But, the stool became tight and I had to pressure it out. Now, I feel pain and inflammation in my rectum and it seems that there is some swelling inside. The irritation gets intensified as...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears that due to constipation you have developed the pain of the rectum. Relieve the constipation by taking non-irritative purgative. My favorite is Movicol (Polyethylene glycol) with one glass of water at bedtime for two to three weeks. Rule out other ca...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing stomach pain with diarrhea for the last four weeks. Is there anything to worry?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing stomach pain with diarrhea for the last four weeks. I had a colonoscopy done eight weeks ago, and it was normal. However, this is something new, and I am worried it could be a bowel obstruction. I do not have a problem passing gas. Sometimes, I feel rumbling in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. All your symptoms fit the description of a disease known as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It is a clinical diagnosis, and no investigations are required to diagnose it. Also, it is a functional disorder, so there will be nothing signific...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from piles and flatulence problems. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from piles and flatulence problems for the last ten days due to taking excessive medication for typhoid fever and thyroiditis for the last month. I was hospitalized for ten days. Due to this, I am suffering from piles and rectal pain. Usually, there is inflammatio...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Take a regular diet and high fiber-rich food to avoid constipation. I suggest you consult a specialist and take the following medications with their consent. Syrup Cremaffin 10 ml (Liquid Paraffin and Milk of Magnesia) at night, Proctosedyl ointment (Phenylephrine, B...  Read Full »

How to cure constipation and bleeding if I have piles?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had piles for a few years. Due to constipation, I have had severe pain and bleeding while passing stool. I have Smuth ointment, but it starts bleeding when I try to apply it. The anus is swelled up and too painful even to apply the medicine with fingers. Please suggest some medicine...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Kindly share the medical records of hemorrhoid piles treatment. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the lower portion of the large intestine (rectum). They are among the most common causes of anal ailments. Symptoms...  Read Full »

Are anal fissures in my 12-year-old son due to constipation?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12-year-old son has got anal fissures due to constipation. He has the habit of holding his bowel movements while in public, and we have finally helped him overcome the habit. However, the fissures and spotting have not reduced. He does not have a fever, abdominal pain, blood in sto...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will surely help you out. I suggest the below treatment plan for five days: Cream Practosedyl BD (Beclometasone, Lidocaine, and Phenylephrine) to be applied to the affected area twice a day. Syrup Cremaffin plus (Liquid Paraffin, Milk...  Read Full »

I have bowel movements once every three days, which are painful. Please help to solve this problem.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old female. My problem is I do not go to the toilet every day. I might go after three days, and my stool is sometimes hard, and when I go, I get irritated. I have used certain creams, but that was not helpful. Is it normal to go to the toilet once in three days? And what ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Hateem Hassan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your query has different parts. I will address them one by one. 1) No, it is not normal to go to the toilet every couple of days. You should ideally be having one bowel movement every day. 2) There are multiple causes of constipation. The most common are dietary factors....  Read Full »

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