Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
153 Doctors are Online

Feeling constipated for days. No help after laxatives. Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water

I have been constipated for five days now. At first I tried natural remedies but the last two nights I took laxatives and still nothing. I m eating right and drinking plenty of water. I think it was caused by some pain killers I was on for back pain . But I stopped them 3 days ago. It s set uncomfortable I m cramping lots but only passing gas.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  155
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012
Hello Carmel,

Thanks for posting.

It is very possible that you have impacted feces or fecaloma or fecalith. If the condition is severe taking excess water or soft food or laxatives would not help. You will need a surgeon to examine you for fecalith and probably proceed with disimpaction digitally or with a catheter. Be warned that it is an invasive procedure that usually requires anesthesia, but be rest assured that you will get relieve after wards. Complications that may arise from your present situation if not treated in time is intestinal obstruction.
An abdominal scan maybe needed to find out the actual cause of the constipation as other possible causes could be responsible such as gut tumors, infection, IBS etc.

Hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor