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Q. I take meds to control my high blood pressure (verapamil and clonidine), cholesterol (atorvastatin) and pain (tramadol). This causes major constipation, which I suspect is related to the drugs. Are there any natural remedies to help with this problem?... (Read More)
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Why are people so interested in their bowels? Most folks don't obsess about their livers, lungs or kidneys. But ask any gastroenterologist and you will learn that people are fascinated with what ends up in the toilet. They report on... (Read More)
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Q. An effective short-term cure for constipation is steamed or boiled okra. Buy a bag of frozen okra and keep it in the freezer. Whenever it is needed, take four pods out and put them in a cup of water.... (Read More)
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Q. I have had chronic constipation for years. It has probably contributed to my hemorrhoids. I tried magnesium, and it helped a lot for a while but I had to increase the dose to get the same effect. Do you... (Read More)
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Q. Fifty years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I was chronically constipated. I did some research and chose to retrain myself. Each morning for many weeks, I drank a 16-oz glass of warm water (ugh!). Soon, I... (Read More)
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Q. I am constantly amazed at the out-of-the-box alternatives you offer for health problems. I hope you can do the same for my wife. For years she has suffered from constipation, with just one or two difficult bowel movements per... (Read More)
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Q. I absolutely abhor enemas but they are about the only thing that works for my chronic constipation. I am otherwise healthy and in great shape but sometimes I can wait over two weeks to have a bowel movement. Sometimes... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered silently from constipation for more than 30 years. Actually, that's not true. Sometimes I cry when the pain is too great. If I don't use a laxative I can go over two weeks without a bowel... (Read More)
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Q. I have relied on daily laxatives for more than 50 years. I am working at ways to stay healthy without taking laxatives, but it is a challenge if I want to have a regular bowel movement. What can you... (Read More)
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Q. I have tried everything for constipation, including Metamucil, MiraLAX, vegetables, cooked oats, prune juice and the power pudding recipe. I have the best success eating great northern cooked beans. A. It's always good to hear that a simple dietary... (Read More)
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Q. Can constipation cause cancer? My mother is convinced that a daily bowel movement is essential for good health. She insists that constipation leads to colon cancer. I worry that she is hooked on laxatives. Haven't I read in your... (Read More)
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Q. My 12-year-old daughter has very large bowel movements, so large, in fact, that she quite often plugs the toilet. They are hard and dry. She has no other health problems. She eats a relatively well-balanced diet with lots of... (Read More)
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Q. My wife has suffered from constipation for years. She usually has just one or two small bowel movements a week, with difficulty. She has tried prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including fiber and docusate, to no avail. A recent colonoscopy... (Read More)
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Q. My wife had vascular surgery for blocked arteries in both legs three months ago. She also had an aneurysm in her abdomen repaired. The doctor told her she probably would not have bowel movements for a while until her... (Read More)
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Q. You recently described a recipe for Power Pudding to fight constipation. How much do you have to eat at a time? Can you send me the pumpkin muffin recipe also? A. Power Pudding, a mixture of bran, applesauce and... (Read More)
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Q. I have arthritis in my fingers and knees. Using a computer makes it worse and running on the treadmill has become difficult. Anti-inflammatory medications make me constipated. Can you send me your Power Pudding recipe to ease my discomfort?... (Read More)
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Q. I am taking strong pain medicine after knee surgery. The result is unbearable constipation. Please send me recipes for the dynamite pumpkin bran muffins and "Power Pudding." I need relief! A. Narcotic pain medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet,... (Read More)
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Guide to Constipation

home remedies, medications, Power Pudding, and Joe and Terry's ten tips to combat constipation. (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with constipation for many years, despite regular prune juice and Metamucil. Since I read in your column that my calcium supplement might be constipating, I have been following your suggestion of taking magnesium with it every... (Read More)
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Q. I take several medicines that I suspect may be contributing to uncomfortable constipation. They include Fosamax and calcium for bones and Lipitor for cholesterol.Please suggest something to provide relief from this problem. My bowels are totally locked up. Do... (Read More)
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