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My stools have degenerated from well formed through thin pencil

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My stools have degenerated from well formed through thin pencil shape down to a fluid soup. I had a colonoscopy two years ago which found nothing untoward. I am now on three Laxidos a day plus a couple of Sennas, but I still block up and then explode. Now I find I am at risk of staining my underpants. I have asked for another colon check which is scheduled for two months time. Have I caused my own habit by taking too much purgative ? How can I get back to having a normal well formed stool?.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.
Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your queries.
Have I caused my own habit by taking too much purgative ?
Yes it does seem like you have caused your own habit by taking too much purgative.
I do not think that it is anything serious as your previous colonoscopy was absolutely normal.
How can I get back to having a normal well formed stool?
You should stop taking all the purgatives and take more fluids and fiber.
Take more vegetables and fruits. You can also try taking fiber supplements in the form of metamucil or benefiber which are freely available.
Let me know if you have more questions.
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