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Problems about consuming ayurvedic medicine for constipation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have never seen blood in my stool before. I usually have constipation. i believe i was constipated for couple of i took triphala churna (herbal powder) today. and my initial stool as alright...but at the end..the stool was watery and also dark. when i wiped with tissue..i could see red color. and i am supposing it is blood. and it was not bright red for sure. do I need to see a doctor immediately?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   hello Dr
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   first and formost, taking herbal supplements can alter the color of stools
Doctor :   do you have any other symptoms other that the red discoloration of the stools ?
User :   nope. i feel perfectly fine.
Doctor :   Do u have any cramping, abdominal pain, pain on defecation etc ?
User :   nope
Doctor :   and you did mention that the stools you saw were not completely red (like blood )
User :   it looked like was kinda red in color. but i did not see blood in the stool though. but only when wiping.
Doctor :   how many such episodes did you have ?
User :   this is the first time
Doctor :   Do you have blood in your underwear as well ?
Doctor :   i mean stains
User :   that i need to check..i havent checked that..if you wait i can quickly go in restroom and check a minute
Doctor :   sure
User :   ok give me a minute
User :   nope. i am wearing a white underwear and i dont see anything.
Doctor :   ok
User :   and i even tried to wipe with tissue to see if there were any remains..but not really
Doctor :   in that case, there is no need for panic
Doctor :   you are completely fine
Doctor :   this could be something in your diet or due to the herbal mixture
Doctor :   first and formost for curing your constipation, drink lots of water daily
Doctor :   increase your fibre intake daily
Doctor :   dry fruits, cereals, grean leafy vegetables should be a daily part of your diet
Doctor :   in addiiton banana is a good laxative too
User :   ok
Doctor :   change your dietary habits and do some physical exercises
Doctor :   this will improve the gut motility and help your symptoms
Doctor :   once your diet habits are good, your constipation will resolve by itself
User :   so are you assuming that the red thing was not blood..or do you mean that the blood could for any normal reason? could you please help me understand
Doctor :   but for the meantime, if u do have lot of distress with your symptoms of constipation, dulcolax OR any over the counter laxative will help
Doctor :   as i said, something in your diet or the herbal mixture you had taken could be the cause of the red discolration
Doctor :   if you stop the prepration, and the symptoms do not recurr, it means that the herbal mixture was the cause
Doctor :   if the symptoms persist, inspite of that, then you need to get a stool test for blood and parasites
User :   ok sounds good.
Doctor :   if this test is positive for blood, then additional tests to know the cause may be indicated, including a rectal examination, etc to check for anal fissues, hemorrhoids, etc
Doctor :   i hope you have understood my comments
User :   yes i did
User :   and it is helpful to know
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   yes. one more question.
Doctor :   sure
User :   i am working to reduce my cholestoral. and doctore recommended excercise
User :   would just walking be considered effective instead of running?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   walking for long distances helps to burn fats
User :   ok sounds good
Doctor :   running helps to increase cardiac stamina
User :   is 15 minutes enough everyday?
User :   of walking
Doctor :   as a adult 30-45 min is good if you are walking
User :   ok sounds good
Doctor :   but 15-20 min of runnoing would b ok too
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting me here
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