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What causes constipation in an elderly person?

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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
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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.
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