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Question: No Bowel Movements

 whiteskull - Sat Nov 05, 2005 7:06 pm

Hi there, I just had a quick question concerning my girlfriends bowel movements because she doesn't have any! I heard that never having them can be problematic later on but i was most concerned because I hope that this isn't a problem now because i would like to help her in anyway that i can.
She also complains of frequent headaches and i'm concerned that they might be linked somehow. I only wish the best for her, and never having to move your bowels seems like a problem. Thanks alot!
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:10 pm

User avatar Dear whiteskull,

Many factors result in constipation, include:
inadequate fluid intake,
a low-fiber diet,
neglecting bowel habits,
lack of physical activity,

In such cases it is advisable to:
Change the life style and to do more physical activity and exercises.
Take more plenty fluids.
Increase green vegetable intake and avoid constipating food staff.
The intake of fiber contain diet should be slowly to avoid gas.

Constipation is rarely to be the presentation of serious medical disorders like colorectal cancer or hormonal or electrolyte disturbances.

If after conservative measures symptoms do not improve or if there is any of these symptoms you have to consult your doctor immediately:
· A Bowel movements only once or twice a week after all conservative measures.
· Intense abdominal pain
· Blood in stool
· Alternating Constipation and diarrhea
· Abdominal pain .
· Thin, pencil-like stools
· Unexplained weight loss

The doctor may recommend any of the following tests:
Stool sample to check for (occult) blood.
Barium enema using barium, acontrast and X-ray abdomen.
Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy

I hope these information are helpful.
I advise you to be checked by your doctor. Complete detailed history and physical examination are very important in the diagnosis of this condition.

Best regards,

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