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Question: no bowel movement for 5 days


 swm37tn - Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:47 am

im 39 and havent had a bowel movement for 5 days,im not taking any medication, except i took 4 ex-lax and still no movement , im cramping very bad, but gas has passed through, but very little, what could be wrong, i never have done this before ?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:55 pm

User avatar Hello,

Causes of constipation include:
- Inadequate fluid intake
- A low-fiber diet
- Inadequate physical activity

Management and prevention depends on the underlying cause, in general it is advisable to
- Do a stool analysis.
- plenty of fluid intake.
-Exercises regularly

Consult your doctor before taking any laxatives. He can recommend some stool softeners.

Best regards.

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