Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

197 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What causes constipation in an elderly person?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Geeta Sundar

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1975

Answered : 1329 Questions

default
Posted on Mon, 3 Apr 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Good morning. I am a 67 female.. 3 red day no bowel movement eating veggies and fruit, drinking water and have been taking prune juice last 3 days along with suppositories and stool softness and -or laxatives. Going out of my mind grumpy what else can I do
doctor
Answered by Dr. Geeta Sundar 4 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Sometimes stool gets hardened and impacted.

Detailed Answer:
Hi welcome to Health care magic,
Sometimes stool gets hardened and impacted.
Please wear gloves, lubricate the index finger well with glycerin and gently try to manually remove the hard stools.
You can also try a home enema.
Once the hard stools are removed, the laxatives/suppositories will start acting.
Please check thyroid functions.
You can revert back to me.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Thyroid

doctor1 MD

My history is taking Lisinipril 10mg, effexor 225, amaryl 1mg, Levothyroxine 100mcg and warfarin.5mg . Am overweight all my life and have type 2 diabetes and underactive thyroid. Recently abt a week ago my Dr put me on Levothyroxine 100mcg bcz tests showed I was too low. Have been off all levothyroxine a week now & blood sugar is being like 84-99. Before it was 99-112. Between Levothyroxine and amaryl----would this change of no levothyroxine and only the amarly plus the other daily meds be causing this change? I feel better mentally and overall better and have more energy. Will appreciate your input. Thanks. Am 74 and generally healthy.

doctor1 MD

My 15 yr old daughter feels as if her right eye (behind the eye) is swollen, her forehead, right forearm and right hand ring finger and pinky. This started this morning She is an athlete- track and pole vault. Eats mostly whole homemade food, water, etc. Healthy, a bit too extreme lately - I am sure under. 1200 cal/day. Strong Family history of thyroid (remove) Healthy kid, Rarely sick. Longtime staying asleep problems. Low key, but seemingly consistent anixiety - shaky, dizzy. Laid back, easy going - keeps thoughts/ feelings in. Will open up- good family relationship. No to little dairy - sinus infections as infant. My family history hypoglycemia. Had EKG 3 yrs ago - jogging w/me - she had to lay down, heart heavy, pounding. Results = dehydration. Endocrinologist ? Actually shakes, more like vibrate at night, gets very scared - happening for ever. I m thinking thyroid - hypothalmus... Something. Actually Concerned about swelling feeling . Will call Univ. Maryland Medical Center /. LEDs- endo.tomorrow . I work for the university.

doctor1 MD

my mother has bone tb since last ten years and has the treatment from our doctor but not satisfactory,However she has high BP,Thyroid and swelling in her both legs and also has knees problem. Now please suggest what to do? I live in Kanpur city right now and want a best doctor here.

doctor1 MD

I have a rash on my neck that comes and goes every week or so. It is about the size of a tennis ball near my thyroid on my left side. It burns and itches a little. It looks like a burn and is so red it has a purple tint. My diet has not changed. I am a healthy 36 year old female on no medication.

doctor1 MD

my child is 21 months old and suffeing from constipation from long term. pedistrician told to use some laxatives from 10days as situation got worse ,but still no luck.we did use the back medicine for m otion after 4days while using laxatives. she...

doctor1 MD

My father undergone Electrical cardioversion treatment due to having severe Atrial Fibrilation (AF). Needless to say the treatment did not work after 4 attempts and they have prescribed him various medications to control the rate of the heart. We...

doctor1 MD

I'm a 69 year old female and I'm still getting hot flashes. Doctors say it's something like my internal thermostat is not working. Doesn't sound very specific, does it? A few days ago a hot flash came on and this time the cold sweat was...