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Constipation as a new symptom

I have constipation that started about 4 days ago. I tried increasing water, eating prunes, etc. I finally had enough and got some Phillips Milk of Magnesia last night. This helped, as I had luck in about 20 mins. I was fine the rest of the night, and this morning, but now seem to be back where I started. It is difficult to pass very much. At what point do I give up on home remedies and see a dr. I have had mild contipation before but nothing this severe, and have not had any recent medication changes. I am in my 30's.
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I've had lifelong constipation, and only in the last year was given a diagnosis and effective treatment.  What a relief.  

Since this is a change for you and it may take weeks to get an appointment, I'd say go ahead and make the appointment now.  If it goes away before your appointment, you can always cancel.

One surprising cause of constipation is gallbladder disease, so an abdominal ultrasound might save you a lot of pain down the road!  

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Make the appt but in the meantime....
My  mom has had constipation for over 50 yrs. She struggles daily. but now, not for two years!
I discovered what long term pain patients used to treat constipation for the drug use they have to endure.
Here's the recipe!
1 pound figs
1 pound prunes
1 pound raisins
4 oz senna tea or tea leaves
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Boil the tea with about 2 quarts water. Steep it for 15 minutes till dark and rich in color.
remove leaves or bags by straining.
Add dried fruit and other ingredients with just enough tea to cover the fruit by two inches.
Mild boil about 10-15 minutes until fruit becomes soft. More tea may be added . You want the tea about one inch over the fruit when done.
Cool a bit off the heat . Pour in blender. Whip into paste.
If you dehydrated it, you would have fruit roll ups!
It  tastes pretty good and can be put on toast etc.,... or eaten by the spoonful.
It will last in your freezer up to 9 months.
CAREFUL! a tablespoon is pretty strong! Start easy...you might get the trots.

If you use the dehydrated figs, remember to trim the stems off [email protected]@@!!!!
They have a nasty way of poking the mouth when in the fruit paste!
And of course, the prunes are seedless!
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Maybe you should take something daily, like metamucil (psyllium husks).
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