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Constipation, dizzy, weak, hard to evacuate bowel, taking fiber products

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feeling dizzy weak, after going to toilet. Constipated, have to push hard, to vacuate bowel. have golf ball sized movements. taking fiber products on advice of doctor
Tue, 22 May 2012 in Constipation
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later

Thanks for writing to us.

As you are having severe constipation, you have to push hard to evacuate your bowel. In pushing very hard, you have to spend a lot of energy which causes the weakness and dizzy you feel after going to the toilet. There is a parasympathetic phenomena involved here, which reduces the heart rate and the blood supply to the brain, that makes you feel dizzy.

NEVER TRY TO PUSHING HARD FOR BOWEL MOVEMENT. You should make efforts to have soft and regular bowel movements.

If you are due for annual physicals, it is right time to check with your cardiac status.

You can take some simple measures in addition to the fibre that you are taking to have relief upto some extent-
1. Drink a glass of water before going to toilet. This will help in the increasing the bowel movements as well as compensate for the water loss from body decreasing the dizzyness.
2.Take probiotics- lactobacillus acidophillus spores.
3. Do acupressure-The point is at the highest spot of the muscle between the thumb and index finger when they are brought close together. With your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin, apply gradually increasing pressure. Hold for three minutes. The pressure should not be painful or uncomfortable.
4.Take magnesium supplements or magnesium XXXXXXX foods like XXXXXXX leafy vegetables.
5. Engage in regular physical activity. Not getting enough physical activity can lead to constipation.
6.Don't put off the urge. The longer you delay when the urge to have a bowel movement strikes, the more water gets absorbed from stool and the harder it becomes to have a bowel movement.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. If there are additional concerns, I am available for your followups.
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