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White male, 53, get a physical every summer. Last physical showed me in excellent health. Had colonoscopy at 50 and it was clean, no polyps or problems, just minor hemorrhoid. I normally eat a bowl of raisin bran with skim milk in the morning and before bed, and I eat a sandwich on whole wheat bread for lunch with some fruit. I don't eat a high fat diet, and I probably get 20-30 grams of fiber a day. I am pretty active working with marching band, but I do drive about 60-100 miles a day.

I got constipation a couple of weeks ago, along with a flaring hemorrhoid (with a little blood) and started adding flax seeds to my raisin bran, and I also started grabbing fiber one snacks some days, and I am eating yogurt some days. It still doesn't move like it should. Hemorrhoid ointment fixed the hemorrhoid problem.

Should I be concerned? What are possible causes? Please advise before I spend money I don't have on doctors (insurance deductibles too high for a healthy person).

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replied September 28th, 2016
General Q and A Answer A58943
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. You are doing great job with diet and lifestyle adjustments. Keep doing it and there is nothing to be concerned about. Keep laxatives compliant in use and increase fiber and fluids intake. Adapt good toilet habits. I am sure bowels will improve.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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