Cannot Defecate

Good night, doc, my husband Friday, April 4, he was sick with stomach acid, had been examined at the clinic and had bought the drug omeprazole at the pharmacy. Gastric acid has healed. But now it’s been 2 days he had defecated dock. His stomach feels full and uncomfortable. His body was weak. I have eaten papaya, white milk, and already drink lots of water, but it is still difficult. What should be done by the dock so that my husband can defecate? Thanks doc

1 Answer:

Hello Diianaa,

Thank you for the question.

Basically, each person has a different pattern of bowel movements, but in general the normal bowel movement is about once a day to three times per week. Defecation is not smoothly stated if someone does not defecate according to the normal frequency, or what is often referred to as constipation. This is greatly influenced by lifestyle such as diet, exercise, stress, or the presence of certain medical conditions, so the following are common causes of not being able to defecate:

Less consumption of fiber and water.
Lack of exercise.
Frequently delay bowel movements.
Changes in diet.
Take medications such as antacids or other stomach medicines.
Medical conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

Here are things your husband can do to deal with difficult bowel movements.

Eating foods that contain lots of fiber, which is not only from papaya alone.
Make sure water consumption is at least 2-3 liters per day. Reduce caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
Take a supplement to increase fiber or probiotics.
Regular exercise 3-5x per week.

If with the steps above there is no improvement, then your husband can use laxatives that can be purchased freely at the pharmacy. And if there is no improvement with laxatives, your husband can not pass gas, abdominal pain and hard as a board, and accompanied by fever, contact your doctor immediately.

Hopefully this information can help.


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