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Worried about bowel obstructions, unable to pass stools without laxative use. Treatment options?

I don t go to the bathroom without a laxitive. I had a small bowel obstrution about 5 years ago. So ever since then I take a laxitive every Saturday because I m afraid I might get another blockage. I was hoping to find out why I can t go with out a laxitive? The longest I ve gone was a month but then I ended up with a blockage 5 years ago.
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.

It is strongly advisable for you to find the reason of bowel obstruction and get it healed. Without it, you wont get any relief. The most common reasons of bowel obstruction are intra-abdominal adhesions, large intestines tumors and inflammatory bowel diseases. It is advisable for you to have some diagnostics. Colonoscopy should be done as well as abdominal CT with oral contrast (so called enteroclysis) and if no findings, diagnostics laparoscopy.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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