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Constipation due to low fiber diet - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Can't see my doctor until next tuesday and haven't poo'd for almost 4 days now. I don't have any pain and feel fine. I am a little worried because the last time I went to the toilet it was with cramps and I had two massive involuntary strains and it was thick diarrhea. After the second cramp/strain I felt down around that area and it felt like there was a small bulge and so I really tried to relax everything. I did poo once the following morning which was one small soft mass followed by more diarrhea. For the following 3 day's i basically stopped eating for fear of damaging somthing. restricting myself to water and vitamins which may have something to do with the lack of poo. I have had Diverticulitus in the past and didn't want it to flare up so yesterday i put myself back on a low fibre diet in case that has something to do with it although as I say no pain but still no poo. Afraid to eat high fibre incase i start backing up to much if anything is impacted. more importantly can I go another 5 days without pooing and still eat regularly??? That would be a 9 day poo free period before I could see my doctor. On the bright side plenty of gas.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   sure
Doctor :   ok , i guess, since you are not eating enough food and fibre rich food, there is not much stools for you to make
User :   so maybe just try small amounts of higher fibre foods
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   increase your fruits and grean leavy vegetables
Doctor :   take some papaya, in the diet
User :   and plenty of water but if i still don't poo and feel fine can i hold out another 4 - 5 days
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   but the lack of stools is due to intake of a low fibre diet
User :   okay cool i just want to see my doctor rather than one of the other med centre guys
Doctor :   that will be good
User :   thanks for your time
Doctor :   in addtion, take some probiotic supplements
Doctor :   that will help a lot
Doctor :   you are most welcome
User :   k
User :   bye
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   bye for now
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