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Forum Name: Colon and Rectal Cancers

Question: Constipation problem


 coookiie - Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:02 pm

I am having some constipation problem for about 4 days... I took some laxatives yesterday and still no change. What kind of specialist should I see? I know the correct thing to do is see my family practice and they'll recommend to another physician. But I would much prefer going to the correct specialist. Is Oncologist the correct term???

Thanks
 Marceline F, RN - Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:39 am

User avatar Dear Coookiie,
There are many things that can contribute to constipation. It would be helpful to know more about your medical history, any underlying medical problems, and routine medications that you take. A young person with constipation may signal one type of problem, an older person with co-morbidities may have other contributing factors. Pain medicines have an unfortunate side effect of "slowing" down intestinal motility, and can be responsible for serious constipation problems. Dehydration can also contribute. Changes in eating habits, decreasing fiber in the diet, or eating binding types of foods excessively can also be the culprits. Certain medications will slow the bowels as well. It is always the best way to go when self-diagnosing to weight all the factors in your lifestyle and health habits. The best solution to an acute problem is to identify the source of the problem and eliminate or change it. If all else fails and you need to address it to a healthcare professional, I recommend you first talk to your primary MD. Your problem may be easily addressed at that level without the need for intervention from a specialist, which by the way would be a gastro-enterologist (meaning a specialist in stomach/intestines). Don't underestimate the knowledge base of your primary MD! He/she could pleasantly surprise you!

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