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What is the cause of severe constipation with cramping, nausea and bloating post delivery ?

Hello, I am 23 years old and I have recently had a baby 5 months ago and ever since I could remember even before having her i only poop maybe once a week if that, I get really bad lower pain and cramping and nausea ..I get really bloated to where I look like I am about 5 months pregnant and I have tried laxatives and nothing works . My doctor did an ultrasound thinking it was a cyst but results came back normal. Any idea what it could be??
Asked On : Tue, 10 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Jnkfertig,
Welcome to HCM!

Though constipation is a common disorder, it could really be very disturbing.
I would suggest you the following-
First of all do Thyroid function test, if laxatives didn't work, i would highly suspect hypothyroidism.
few other important tips

1. Make sure that you are going to the toilet every morning (even when there is no feeling) after drinking at least one glass of water with lemon. Give sufficient time, so you can avoid unnecessary strain.
2. keep a food diary, and try to observe the food which makes you constipated. You must take lots of fibres in your food, with sufficient amount of water. You must avoid non-vegetarian and dairy food.
3. Do exercise regularly.
4. Do not take excess of coffee, tea, cola, alcohol. it is better to take additional water.
5. Do not take over the counter medication, specially cough syrups, and those pain killers which contains Codeine. Some antacids, multivitamins, iron and Calcium supplementation can also cause constipation.
Do not take laxatives, and excess fibres, without making the proper diagnosis.

7. do you have any specific site for pain abdomen?do you pass blood in the stool? DO you have any associated symptoms? Do you have family history of any disease related to intestine?
if these measures do not help you, please go to the doctor for further investigation-Full blood count, Stool test M/C/S and for occult blood, tests to rule
out LUPUS, colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy etc.
Answered: Tue, 10 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Neelam Ashish Vanjari's  Response
As your USG is normal, you need not worry much.
Treat constipation by having plenty of fibre food-green leafy vegetables,fruits,sprouts. Have plenty of drinks. You will need to drink even more water than usual to keep your intestine and your baby healthy. Drinking at least ten, 8-ounce glasses of water will be essential for you and for the baby
Exercise in permissible limit [walking helps alot].
Above measures wil take care of symptoms.
Take care.

Best regards,
Dr. Neelam
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