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Had a colonoscopy with usual prepation. Now constipated. Is it normal ?

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i just had a colonoscopy with usual "preparation"- now have constipation three days after; finally had a stringy bowel movement(after taking a dose of mialax, 2 citrocel wafers and this normal?
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Posted Sat, 30 Jun 2012 in Constipation
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.

Before colonoscopy, you must have got done the bowel preparation by using certain laxatives. However this constipation is usually shortlived and can be easily overcome by ensuring a good fluid intake along with adequate fibre in the diet.

For constipation, some of the methods of treatment are:

1)      First of all increase the fiber amount in your diet. The best natural sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eat a diet XXXXXXX in fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables and eat slowly and chew you food well. You may even add bulk forming agents like salads, bananas etc or psyllium husk to your diet.

2)     Exercise regularly such as the regular walking and knee-to-chest position which activates bowel movement.

3)     Drink plenty of fluids and water everyday.

4)     Decrease intake of alcohol, caffeine, tea and cola drinks

5)     Go to the toilet at the same time every day which helps in regularizing the bowel.

6)     Do not take any over the counter laxatives like Senna which can worsen the condition.

7)     If the symptoms persist then you may need osmotic laxatives like polyethylene glycol PEG or miralax after your doctor’s prescription.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Please accept my answer in case you have no follow up query.

Wishing you good health.

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