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Suggest Treatment For Chronic Constipation

I have had chronic constipation since birth. I am now in my 50s and still have chronic constipation. I eat healthy an drink a lot o water . I have taken Senokot S W. Hen all else fails, I have a Coca-Cola and it helps. I do not drink any other soda. How is it that Coke helps
Thu, 9 Apr 2015
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Hi,

I am sorry for the situation you are in.

Constipation is among the bowel habits that has also a hereditary factor.
There are various factors that might influence it including:
- diet regimen: less fiber, less dairy products, etc.
- your lifestyle: less physical activity
- medications you take on regular basis

With regards to Coke, it contains caffeine. Caffeine itself is a stimulant of bowel movement. You can also have loose stool because as coffee stimulates a fast bowel movement, your bowels won't carry their function in absorbing water from fecal mass; resulting in a more loose stool.

Hope it answered to your question!
Dr.Albana
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Suggest Treatment For Chronic Constipation

Hi, I am sorry for the situation you are in. Constipation is among the bowel habits that has also a hereditary factor. There are various factors that might influence it including: - diet regimen: less fiber, less dairy products, etc. - your lifestyle: less physical activity - medications you take on regular basis With regards to Coke, it contains caffeine. Caffeine itself is a stimulant of bowel movement. You can also have loose stool because as coffee stimulates a fast bowel movement, your bowels won t carry their function in absorbing water from fecal mass; resulting in a more loose stool. Hope it answered to your question! Dr.Albana