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I have difficulty defaecating without using laxatives and I

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I have difficulty defaecating without using laxatives and I feel full all the time and have put on some weight in the last 6 months. There is no blood in my stools but I feel full & therefore don't eat much. Consequently, I don't have much stamina. I'm 60 years old working as a ship's engineer. I stopped smoking nearly 3 years ago and became asthmatic as a result and I exercise regularly. What can I do/take to reduce my stomach size and feel better?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
Hello
Have you had a colonoscopy?
When and what findings?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No. I have not had any chance to see a doctor. I am still on my ship where medical skills fall to the Chief Officer and Captain only.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
You are 10 years over due for colonoscopy screening.
A problem like this can be from a constriction in the colon, from polyps, diverticulosis or even cancer.
You need to arrange to see a GI doctor for colonoscopy.
Have you discussed any of this at all with the CO?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No. Thank you for your advice. I will seek extert advice when I get home in a couple of weeks. Thanks again

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
You are welcome anytime, any questions
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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 3 years ago.
thanks

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