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First time in my life I'm constipated. it's pretty uncomfortable. Please help.

I turned 60 and in the last 2 months my bowels have bercome very hard and i only have 2 per week. used to go every day. also have lower back pain. anyone can help with this.
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973741 tn?1342342773
We are definitely more prone to constipation as we get older.  Fluids is a great way to keep us regular.  Up your water consumption.  Don't overdue fiber.  A cup of grape juice a day helps, a handful of prunes is like a laxative.
Your pelvic floor could be weakening.  The do a test for that which is not particularly pleasant but when that is your issue, a physical therapist that specializes in this can fix it.  So, if it continues and these simple remedies I suggested don't help, then see your doctor.

Oh and any new meds you are taking?
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Thank you for your help. It’s been 5 days since my last bowel movement. It’s terrible. I took phentermine for weight loss for about 45 days but haven’t taken it for the last 14 days.
973741 tn?1342342773
wow, that's a lot of days.  You must be uncomfortable.  Get an enema at the drug store.  Not super fun, but you have to get this moving.  Let me know if that works to start the process for you. And if you become ill, then see your doctor.  Feces can impact the bowel when it sits there just like a bowel obstruction.  So, you really want to get this moving.
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Thanks I tried the enema with not much success so yesterday I went to the doctor. She gave me a prescription laxative, hopefully that works. She diagnosed my problem as drug induced constipation because of the phentermine. Hope this clears it up.
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You should see a doctor for a change in bowel movements, it could be really serious.  That said, I take magnesium citrate every night.  You can purchase pills.  They're easy to find.  Your body needs magnesium anyway for a lot of things, one of which is helping your intestines move your bowels.  It also is relaxing and helps with sleep.  The kind of magnesium you get is important, because some don't have as much laxative effect. There are several kinds, I think magnesium citrate works best.  There are no unwanted side effects, and it doesn't cause cramping like other laxatives.
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Went to the doctor Tuesday of last week. She gave me s laxative all was good till Sunday and I’m feeling blocked up again.
517872 tn?1623105664
Isphagulla husk ( Psyllium) will help. Take at bed time before going to sleep with milk preferably two teaspoons.
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p.S Constipation could also be because of IBS Irritable bowel syndrome, so keep that in mind as well because it is usually skipped in diagnosis
However, I guess the psyllium does help with IBS too but it will probably take a few days before you start to feel the benefits.
It seems like every time I drink a lot of alcohol I have lower back pain and constipation. I’m worried about pancreas issues. Any one
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