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is it damaging to go number 2 up to only once every 2 weeks?? what is this

By Anonymous January 18, 2012 - 8:48pm
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i have a problem with what i think is constipation. i only go to the bathroom once every week or 2 weeks. i eat healthy foods regularly and drink plenty of water. i dont understand why or what this means. occasionally when i go it is really small in size but for the most part its excessively large in both width and length. i feel like there might be somthing else wrong for not being able to go up to once every 2 weeks.

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It's important to eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids. 

  • Inadequate fluid intake or dehydration
  • Inadequate amounts of fiber in your diet
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement or delaying until later
  • Lack of physical activity (especially in older adults)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Changes in lifestyle or routine, including pregnancy, aging and travel
  • Illness
  • Frequent use or misuse of laxatives
  • Specific diseases, such as stroke, diabetes, thyroid disease and Parkinson's disease
  • Problems with the colon and rectum, such as intestinal obstruction or diverticulosis
  • Certain medications, including pain medications, diuretics and those used to treat Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure and depression
  • Hormonal disturbances, such as an underactive thyroid gland
  • Anal fissures and hemorrhoids, which can produce a spasm of the anal sphincter muscle
  • Loss of body salts through vomiting or diarrhea
  • Injuries to the spinal cord, which can affect the nerves that lead to and from the intestine
  • It's important to see your doctor.
  • Here's a link that might be helpful
  • http://www.empowher.com/condition/constipation
  • Best,
  • Daisy
  • January 19, 2012 - 7:11am
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