Chronic constipation affects many people in the United States, which has lead to an average of 2.5 million visits to doctors per year.
The definition of chronic constipation usually varies, but it can generally be known as irregular bowel movements or difficulty passing stool.
There are several ways that you can relieve chronic constipation, from changing your diet to taking certain medicines.
One of the easiest ways to alleviate this disease is to add more fiber to your diet, such as wheat bran. You should also be drinking more fluids and water each day.
Talk to your doctor or a professional healthcare provider in regards to any medications or laxatives that could help your condition.
Your doctor will be able to recommend different medications that could help with your condition, as well as advise any further treatments that could also help.
Chronic constipation may also be an early symptom of colon cancer. Other diseases such as hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes could also be a cause of chronic constipation.
Your doctor can also perform a series of tests in order to determine what could be the cause of your condition, such as a rectal exam or further scans of the colon or rectum.
You or your doctor may suggest, may also want to go see a gastroenterologist, who focuses more on diseases and disorders of the digestive system.
Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle may also help to alleviate your chronic constipation.
It is recommended to go see a doctor or professional healthcare provider as soon as you realize that there are changes in your bowel movements. Changes in bowel movements may also be a sign of a bacterial infection, inflammatory bowel disease or an obstruction.
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