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 do you do if you are constipated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have serious constipation problems and Dulcolax is the only thing that works in my body. I take a lot of fruits, tea, and fiber supplements. What can I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to At your age, chronic constipation should be thoroughly investigated. Are there any other symptoms like blood in stool, weight loss, or occasional diarrhea alternating with constipation or loss of appetite? I would advise you to get a colonoscopy done as this has become...  Read Full »

I have sleep disorder and constipation due to working night shifts. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26 year old male. I am working in the night shift since last six months due to which I have a sleep disorder and constipation problem. I cannot sleep more than three to four hours in a day and I have lost my weight. Please suggest me to recover.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Adequate sleep is essential for proper functioning of the body and as a result of prolonged lack of adequate sleep your body's circadian rhythm has been affected. Hence constipation and even weight loss. I am assuming you may have lost a bit of appetite or cannot eat...  Read Full »

I am unable to have bowel movement for the past 10 days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am unable to have a BM, it has been almost 10 days. I have no abdominal pain. I am also passing gas. I have been eating a lot of fiber.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am afraid 10 days is too long to go without a bowel movement. I understand that you usually go every couple of days but if it has been that long, you may need to take some measures. Firstly, you need to drink plenty of water and eat whole grain stuff, bulk-forming foo...  Read Full »

My 70 year old mother has constipation. Please suggest any tablet.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is suffering from constipation and not cleaning motion. My mother is 70 years old. Please suggest any tablet.  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, a Glycerine suppository is enough if it is uncomplicated constipation. You can give it a try. However, if your mother suffers from frequent constipation or a recent change in bowel habit, other than just treating it, you must get her thoroughly evaluated. But if ...  Read Full »

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