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What is the cause of not having a bowel movemment after upper endoscopy?

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Posted on Tue, 4 Mar 2014
Question: Had upper endoscopy yesterday and no bowel movement for 3 days
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Answered by Dr. Abhijit Deshmukh (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Hi Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for the query. I think do not worry. Possibly due to fasting for the endoscopy can delay the bowel movement. Do not worry if there is no abdominal pain, distention or vomiting. Can try following things, Increase the hydration (increase water intake to 3 to 4 litres a day). Increase dietary fibre intake (fruits and salads). Can try taking mild laxative like liquid paraffin 15 ml a day available over the counter for few days and see how you feel. But if still problem persists then can visit your doctor again. If there is abdominal pain, distention or vomiting then need to see a doctor urgently. Hope this answers your query. Wish you a speedy recovery. Happy to help.
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What is the cause of not having a bowel movemment after upper endoscopy?

Brief Answer: Hi Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for the query. I think do not worry. Possibly due to fasting for the endoscopy can delay the bowel movement. Do not worry if there is no abdominal pain, distention or vomiting. Can try following things, Increase the hydration (increase water intake to 3 to 4 litres a day). Increase dietary fibre intake (fruits and salads). Can try taking mild laxative like liquid paraffin 15 ml a day available over the counter for few days and see how you feel. But if still problem persists then can visit your doctor again. If there is abdominal pain, distention or vomiting then need to see a doctor urgently. Hope this answers your query. Wish you a speedy recovery. Happy to help.