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I am a 38 yr old male. I quit smoking about two months ago. I smoked for 20 years. While smoking, I still worked out everyday (running, swimming, push-ups, sit-ups) and never had a problem passing stool. Since I quit smoking, it seems as though my body is holding on to stool for longer than it used to. I admit that since I quit smoking, I work out even more. I drink plenty of water and I eat pretty healthy. I also eat plenty of fiber, but my stool is pebble-like, hard and uncomfortable. I always feel like I am not done either. Only when I eat large amounts of food (like a buffet) do I pass what I consider to be a normal movement. I am confused as to what is going on with my body. Please help.
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replied July 31st, 2016
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Take some laxatives and use soft diets. Its withdrawal of nicotine, Will take time to resolve. Keep doing good work and diet and lifestyle adjustments.

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.
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