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    What causes chronic constipation?

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Posted on Mon, 19 May 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: my husband has been suffering from severe bloating problems for a while. his stomach is big, hard and sore. he feels fine if he when he doesn't eat for a while but if he eats, it always comes back, He has been told that he has hardened stool but has taken so much stuff to try to break it loose, I'm not sure what is going on here. PLEASE HELP!!!!
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Answered by Dr. Jawahar Ticku 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
chronic constipation

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXX,
Actually your husband is suffering from chronic constipation. The more the bowel is not emptied the more difficult it becomes to evacuate as the liquid content of the stool is reabsorbed and the stool becomes hard and this hard stuff goes on accumulating in the gut to give all sorts of problems.
It may be difficult to do first evacuation but when this is done your husband should maintain the habit of evacuation regularly. Initially he has to use the stool softeners and peristaltic drugs or even a glycerine enema to have good evacuation followed by good regular fibre, fat and oil free diet with good hydration. If he is a smoker he has to try to reduce it and stop it and take a morning walk after a XXXXXXX warm glass of water. He should immediately respond to natures call by going to toilet when the feeling of evacuation is aroused.
If this practice is followed I am sure your husband will start getting pleasant feeling and slowly he will be off the problems.
Truly,
Dr. J. Ticku
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Follow up: Dr. Jawahar Ticku 16 hours later
his physician is considering putting him in the hospital and doing further test. He has already been in the hospital once for three days and it was unsuccessful.(under another doctors care). What is the percentage of patients with this condition that winds up having surgery? His current doctor has mentioned surgery, but he is also in the process of changing offices and has not contacted my husband about any future plans.
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Answered by Dr. Jawahar Ticku 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
Chronic Constipation

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXX,

Thanks for reverting.

It is important to know what exactly your doctor is thinking of doing surgery. There is a condition where part of the intestine is paralysed and is not having peristaltic movements. In this condition surgery may be done. If it is the blockage by the fecoliths then instead of surgery endoscopic manipulation can be done.

Rest you have to continue with the chronic constipation management as already advised.

Truly,
Dr. J. Ticku



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