Laxatives are given to people suffering from chronic constipation. The chemicals in laxatives help increase stool motility, bulk, and frequency, thus aiding in bowel movement.

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Can constipation with abdominal pain caused by drugs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female. I am 5.5 feet tall and weigh about 135 kg. For the last several months, I have been having issues with constipation and I take magnesium sulfate about once a week and it helps me go one good time and then I am back being constipated. And the stomach pains ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can imagine you must be upset about all this. Well, the symptoms you mention seem to be a functional defecation disorder where someone has difficulty while passing stools without any gross pathology. It is possible that you have anxiety or stress or change in t...  Read Full »

What causes constipation and lower abdominal pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been constipated for the past few days, and recently my lower right abdomen started hurting. I am a 12-year-old female. I currently take Zyrtec, Asmanex, and Melatonin pills. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, for how long you have constipation? It is not uncommon to have pain over the lower abdomen because of chronic constipation? It is highly possible that you have a primary problem of constipation while the pain is just a secondary phenomenon. The two possibil...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for persistent anal pain that starts after passing hard stools?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past one month, I am having pain in my anus. It pains while throwing waste and even while sitting. There is a skin flap that has appeared at the end of the anus towards the outer side. There are two flaps one is more white in color and the other is reddish. It is not bleeding ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif M

General Surgeon, Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the symptoms suggest you have an external pile mass. The pain is due to an underlying fissure, or simply a crack at the anal opening. These usually result from hard stools or constipation. You need to start ...  Read Full »

Why does the bottom part of my abdomen hurt, and I am not able to poop?

Query: the bottom part of my abdomen hurts, and i can't poop.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, I welcome you to icliniq. I can understand you must be very upset about your problem. It seems that you have a defecation disorder. which is difficulty in passing stools. It can occur to any body, but common among individuals who have difficult learning the art of passing stools. For this ...  Read Full »

Without laxatives, I am having difficulty in bowel movement. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 16 years old. My weight 87 kg and 1.73 cm tall. It has been a year since I am not comfortable having bowel movements. I go to the toilet once a week and the stool is usually hard to pass without a natural laxative and I use AgioLax. I do not know if the use of this laxative is sa...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have chronic constipation. There is possibility that your large bowel is functioning slow, or it may be a problem with the ejection of stools and not necessarily slow bowel. To differentiate between I need to have more information. The laxative you use is safe,...  Read Full »

What is the permanent solution for my constipation problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I got on an airplane and started having stomach pain. When I landed I used the restroom but could not empty my bowels. I then drove for two hours and had terrible stomach pain. I then used the restroom and was able to terminate a little but it was not a normal amount. I continued to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A couple of things, use of stool softener or laxative is not recommended unless you have constipation for three days and you are passing gas. You are most likely to have diarrhea if you use it earlier also you may have post diarrhea ileus (the gut can go into a stun...  Read Full »

I have pain inside my anus. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old. I have pain inside my anus. My anus outside is normal with no pain and injury. Along the same line of my anus right inside I feel the pain. No blood and passing stool also easy. When I sit on the toilet I used to sit with legs spread out a bit. Otherwise when I walk or ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pain inside anus is really troublesome and it could be caused by different factors. It starts from piles, prolapse, fistula and fissure to impacted stool. In your age, I presume, it could be due to a spasm of rectal muscle or sphincter called proctalgia fugax. This is a c...  Read Full »

I pass stools several times a day. Is this a serious problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I weigh about 70 kg. I usually pass stools several times a day. That means after wake up at 6.15 AM I pass stools then again after break fast at 6.45 AM, then I pass again at 9.00 AM, then again after lunch and once in the evening at 6 PM. I have a stooling sensatio...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Frequent passing of stool is definitely abnormal. But the cause depends on the consistency of stool. If it is loose then we need to be worried. I need some information and would suggest a few investigations. What is the consistency of stool? Is there any blood or mucus...  Read Full »

How to help my kid with constipation?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has had chronic constipation issues and this past week he was at the ER three times, two enemas were given and eventually, they hospitalized him and they inserted an EG tube to flush out his bowels. I am trying to figure out the time frame it takes for a four-year-old to beco...  Read Full »

Dr. Baratu Bhaisara


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. After going through the x-ray report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it shows on the 7th no gross constipation noted. On 8th and 10th x-ray constipation noted with colon filled with stool. But, the actual problem has star...  Read Full »

Will intestinal block cause stool impaction?

Query: Hello doctor. I did a herbal cleanse which seemed to cause a blockage. I worked with suppositories, fleet, laxative, magnesium supplements, senna docusate for temporary results. My symptoms are straining excessively, feeling of rectal blockage, digital retrieval to relieve pressure, feeling of in...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubin Dev Sharma

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From what I could make out from your description is that you have history of constipation but have a recent worsening possibly due to the 'cleanse'. You have a background of hypothyroidism. You have used a plethora of laxatives with some partial relief. For your imm...  Read Full »

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