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How can I get rid of severe constipation post delivery ?

I had my son by c-section 5 weeks ago and since then I have been very constipated. I literally have not pooped in over two weeks. I have been afraid to try any laxatives as I am breastfeeding my son. I had the urge to go four days ago but the feces was literally too large and hard to come out. I tried to manuwally help things along but I got nowhere. I am in so much pain , I now have a hemmroid and possibly anal fissures and I have yet to pass the stool . I am going to try and give myself an olive oil enema and pray it helps but is there anything else I can do? I don t want to go to the doctors and I have been drinking water like crazy, please help!
Asked On : Fri, 13 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
When a person doesn't pass stool for many days,it becomes hard.With more passage of time these stool become rock hard as water is constantly absorbedly the intestines from the already hard stool.
You will have to go to hospital and most likely get the manual evacuation of stool done as enema may not be able to disimpact the hard stool.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Neelam Ashish Vanjari's  Response
Having constipation after C-section is not uncommon.
You can increase fibre supplements in diet like wheat bran,psylium, leafy vegetable.
Just don't overdo it, and don't take your calcium foods with them since they can block absorption of that vital bone-building mineral.
Stay well hydrated.
After using these supplements, if you do not get relief then you can go ahead with enema.
Take care.
Best regards,
Dr. Neelam.
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