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I have a hard stool I've felt at the end of my rectum that I cannot pass; first came across this two days ago. As of yesterday I've started to take stool softeners and drinking lots water and taking in fruits, vegetables, bran. Any other tips on how to make it pass (I have no problems getting an urge to go, so I haven't taken a laxative, just the stool softener) that isn't an enema, or do I have to resort to that? Thanks in advance for your help.


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replied March 22nd, 2009
Intestinal Disorders Answer A6094
While I cannot give you specific medical advice over the Internet, you might try adding one or both of the following to your diet while you are awaiting further evaluation by your physician(s): Citrucel or Benefiber. If these are not helpful, then Miralax, used now and then, can be helpful for chronic constipation, as well. However, I would also advise that you undergo a complete work-up by a gastroenterologist to rule-out the possibility of any serious GI illnesses that might be contributing to your symptoms (it is, of course, impossible to make specific diagnoses, or to develop treatment plans for patients, over the Internet).

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Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
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