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8 Important questions you should

ask about Chronic Constipation



Chronic constipation is a whole different kettle of fish than the occasional hard time going to the bathroom.

People who suffer with chronic constipation deal with a daily embarrassing problem of pain and discomfort. You should understand regular constipation to understand chronic constipation.  Their reasons may be varied and many but that there is a medical problem of chronic constipation that still needs to be addressed.

1.    What is chronic constipation?  Everyone has a different idea for what they consider to be chronic constipation.  It can be from straining for a week, to not going at all in a week.  The truth is there are no normal bowel habits that make everyone the same.  It all depends on many factors.  From diet to exercise are just two.  Physicians define it as: the infrequency of bowel movements. Other symptoms may include straining, hard stools, non producing urges, incomplete bowel movements.  If there is no reason for it, it is called “functional constipation,” the other is secondary.

2.    Is my chronic constipation a sign of a serious disease such as colon cancer? It can be, that is why you have to see your doctor and have tests run.  Chronic constipation can be caused by several conditions: colonic disorders, colon cancer, diabetes, thyroid gland problems, medications, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis and Irritable bowel Syndrome.

3.    What are some causes of chronic constipation? There are a number of simple reasons that people get constipated. These include not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough liquids (water), lack of exercise, ignoring the ‘urge’ to have a bowel movement and plain old stress. Other causes can include allergies, a lazy colon that does not push the food through, or something that is stopping the emptying of your colon.

4.    What medical tests can help determine the cause of my chronic constipation? Scope tests, defecating proctogram, anal and abdominal ultrasound, GI Transit Study (Scintigraphy) Anorectal Testing, Colonic Motility Test and Hydrogen Breath Test

5.    What dietary changes should I make to help my chronic constipation? It is important to increase the dietary fiber you are getting.  This means you need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  It is also vital that you increase the amount of water you are drinking.  Try eating a few dried prunes or drinking some prunes juice. In addition to adding fiber, prunes have a mild laxative effect.  Also you should avoid sugar and other processed foods.

6.    How can exercise help me avoid chronic constipation? Meditate, go for a walk. Do things that will allow you to reduce your stress levels and help your body to relax. This can help relax your colon.  Also you should be in a regular workout.  This helps to keep your bowels regular.

7.    Would yoga or meditation help me ease my chronic constipation? Anything that will help you to relax and reduce the level of stress you are feeling will help relax your colon.

8.    Simple things I can do for chronic constipation?

  • Get Regular –Make bathroom time a habit every day
  • Listen to your body-Never ignore the urge to go
  • Relax-Find ways to reduce stress
  • Increase Fluids-Drink plenty of fluids
  • Bulk up Your Diet-Lots of fiber needed
  • Talk to your Doctor about Medications-Should always keep your doctor aware

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