strain at (one's) stool

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strain at (one's) stool

To be constipated; to be unable or find it difficult to defecate. You mentioned that you've been straining at your stool lately. I'm going to prescribe a mild laxative for now, but you really ought to be eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
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strain at stool

To have difficulty defecating.
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Straining at stool during constipation can create intense pressure over the spine resulting in herniated disc.
This may be due to lack of observation, lack of knowledge about the precipitating factors for disc prolapse or overlooking minor activities like lifting, bending, sneezing coughing, twisting of spine or straining at stool.
This study shows that acute events like lifting heavy weights, bending forward, slipping and falling down, coughing, sneezing, twisting spinal movements, straining at stool, car accidents are the major cause of lumbar disc herniation.
These are normally triggered by increased rectal pressure and by an increase in abdominal pressure generated when straining at stool. Reflex relaxation of the pelvic floor is suppressed with pain from anal fissures or inflamed haemorrhoids, causing the external anal sphincter to become hypertonic.
The pain was aggravated by any physical activity, straining at stool, and especially by riding in a car.
Throughout the study, patients daily recorded how they felt related to abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating/distension, sense of incomplete evacuation, straining at stool, urgency of bowel movement, passage of gas and mucus and bowel habit satisfaction.
(42) In a multicenter, randomized, comparative trial of PEG 3350 and lactulose, patients in the PEG 3350 group had a higher number of stools and a lower median daily score for straining at stool than patients in the lactulose group.
People who have had constipation and have been straining at stool for a long time, or who have had a chronic cough, may also be prone to stress incontinence, as can men after a prostate operation.
Being aware of a discrete but distinct risk of death due to straining at stool (Valsalva maneuver) in older patients with underlying multiple heart and lung pathologies.
The most common cause is constipation and straining at stool. Sitting a lot may make existing hemorrhoids more painful.
This will increase fecal bulk and thus prevent straining at stool. Avoid large amounts of meat and highly refined foods.
The most frequent known cause of hiatal hernia is an increased pressure in the abdominal cavity produced by coughing, vomiting, straining at stool, or sudden physical exertion.
The muscle wall of the abdomen can be weakened by lifting heavy objects, persistent coughing and straining at stool.
Hernias occur because the muscle wall can be damaged by persistent coughing, straining at stool or lifting heavy weights.
A diet high in fibre and bulk can prevent constipation and straining at stool. You should eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.