Do not use laxatives or enemas unless your doctor
prescribes them. If you use them too often, you can become dependent on them
for bowel movements. If you are having a sudden (acute) attack of
diverticulitis, laxatives or enemas can make the pain
Your doctor may recommend using nonprescription stool
softeners while you wait for changes in your diet to resolve your
What is the spleen and what causes an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)?
The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection.
White blood cells produced in the spleen engulf bacteria, dead tissue, and foreign matter, removing them from the blood as blood passes through it. The spleen also maintains healthy red and white blood cells and platelets;...
Fiber supplements such as psyllium seed products (for example,
Metamucil) and cellulose products (for example, Citrucel) often help with constipation. But you may need to try several
types to find one that works for you, because different types of fiber may vary
in their effects on your large intestine. These products cost more than
increasing fiber naturally through your diet.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
July 26, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 26, 2010
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