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Constipated, took Fibril and some stool softener, only temporary relief. Problem is back. What's wrong ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good afternoon
User:Good afternoon
User:How are you doing doctor?
Doctor:I am doing great
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Hope you are doing well too
User:not too bad thanks :)
User:I had a query about a some concerns I have.
Doctor:Please proceed
User:2 weeks back, I had some symptoms of constipation.. One of my doctor friends suggested to go for fibril and stool softner - forgot the name of the same
User:situation improved within 5 days of having the same. But it seems to be back this week again. I try to take lot of salads in my diet.. but not sure what is going wrong
User:any help with the same greatly appreciated
Doctor:Is this constipation problem occurring since last 2 weeks and not before that?
User:nope only for last 2 weeks or so.. had minor stuff before once or twice but got alright in a day or so
Doctor:How often are you passing stools since last 2 weeks?
Doctor:Is it painful?
Doctor:Do you see any bleed while you pass stools?
User:its almost daily and not painful or blood in stool
User:but sometimes there is a gap for a day
User:there is that feeling that the system is not fully clean
Doctor:It is not constipation then
Doctor:You have a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowel
Doctor:There is probably hard stools and lot of strain involved in passing the stools
Doctor:Isn't it?
User:more or less yes
User:but sometimes I feel slight pain in lower chest on the right side
Doctor:I understand your concern
User:as if some pressure or something
User:this happens when I breathe deep
User:is this also associated symptom
Doctor:This is not related to the stool problem
Doctor:This seems a different issue altogether
User:it got ok when I took the fibril powder and stool softner and things were normal
Doctor:all right
Doctor:You cannot take them on a regular basis
Doctor:You need to work on your diet
User:ofcourse I understand
Doctor:I get that you eat lot of salads
Doctor:Good, you must continue taking them
Doctor:Take fruits every day
Doctor:drink plenty of water
Doctor:You can also take Psyllium husk in milk or water
Doctor:Over period, your symptoms will improve
User:is it alright taking psyllium husk on regular basis
User:I mean for a week or so..
Doctor:You can take it on a daily basis
User:would you suggest that I consult someone for the pain that I encounter sometimes when I feel constipated
User:in the chest region
Doctor:Not required at this moment
Doctor:If it gives you trouble often you may consult a medical Gastroenterologist
User:alright, appreciate your time and help. thank you.
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Get well soon
Doctor:Take care
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