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I have been extremely constipated and have been unsuccessful in having a bowel movement. I have taken a stool softener and it has not helped. I have also taken a laxative and that has not helped as well.

It is extremely painful and I have been unable to concentrate at work and can not sit comfortably due to the forceful pushing I have been doing.

What are some suggestions to ease the pain and to help myself have a bowel movement. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
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replied January 30th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on e health forum.

Constipation in adults is due to a stressed lifestyle with lack of proper eating habits , having more junk and processed food, rather than freshly prepared whole foods, low intake of dietary fiber and inadequate amounts of fluids.

You might consider adding enough fiber in your diet.

Vegetables with high-fiber content (peas, beans, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, spinach), fresh fruits, dried fruits, and whole wheat, bran, or oatmeal cereals are excellent sources of fiber.

To reap the benefits of fiber, drink plenty of fluids to help pass the stool.

Include a lot of whole grain bread, corn bran, cereals, buns, muffins, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, whole grain pasta, and brown rice in your daily diet.
Whole grains - help to enhance the digestive system.

Regular exercise (abdominal contraction exercises and leg raises) are also important in establishing regular normal bowel movements.

Follow healthy eating habits including eating at regular intervals and avoiding skipping of meals.

For the time being to relieve your symptoms, you can try laxatives available over the counter for a short term basis only.

But for long term relief of constipation, you might consider following the tips that have been suggested here.

In presence of severe pain or bleeding during bowel movements could indicate fissures or ulcers in the anorectal cavity. A physical examination by your GP and a stool examination may help to rule out other causes if present.

I Hope this helps.

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