Can you answer these Constipation questions?
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When constipated, you experience _______________.
Constipation means hard, dry, and small stools that are difficult to pass. When constipated you feel a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.
Constipation refers to not having a bowel movement every day.
Constipation is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week. Constipation is not a disease that a doctor diagnoses, but is a symptom that people report to the doctor.
Diet and lifestyle changes can help relieve constipation
Treatment for constipation usually includes diet and lifestyle changes. Your doctor may recommend the following diet and lifestyle changes:
- Drinking adequate liquids
- Eating fruits and vegetables
- Increasing fiber in the diet
- Monitoring which foods trigger IBS (and avoiding these foods)
- Managing stress
- Regular exercise and physical activity
These medications are used to treat constipation
To treat your constipation, your doctor may recommend one of the following over-the-counter laxatives:
- Bulk-forming laxatives
- Osmotic laxatives
- Stool softeners
- Chloride channel activator
- Guanylatecyclase-C agonist
This is the main cause of the constipation
There are several reasons that can cause constipation. The following are the most common causes of constipation:
- Inadequate exercise and physical activity
- Inadequate water intake
- Unhealthy diet
- Inadequate fiber in the diet
- Changes in routine diet or activities
- Eating excessive dairy products
- Eating disorders
- Ignoring the urge to have bowel movement
This is one of the complications that occur due to long-term constipation
Chronic (long-lasting) constipation can lead to health problems such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, or fecal impaction. If constipation persists for a longer period of time, consult your doctor for treatment to relieve it and prevent complications.
Gastrointestinal and some other diseases can cause constipation
Yes, some GI and other diseases are one of the causes of constipation. Motility problems in the colon, other GI tract problems, colon cancer, diverticulosis, or polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation (IBS-C), Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can cause constipation.
Which one is a symptom of constipation?
The following are the most common symptoms:
- Fewer than three bowel movements per week
- Hard, dry, or small stools
- A sense incomplete emptying
- Difficulty passing stools
- Painful to pass stools
- Pain in the abdomen
Constipated is rare and is not a problem.
Constipation is a fairly common problem affecting millions of people around the world.Constipation that lasts for only a short time is common and not worrisome. However, chronic or long-lasting constipation can lead to health complications. Many remedies and treatments are available to prevent or relieve constipation.
Drugs and medications cannot cause constipation
Yes, certain medications can cause constipation.Medications like narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills, antacids containing calcium or aluminum, overuse of laxatives, and certain prescription medications causes constipation.
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