Constipation: causes, symptoms, and treatments

Constipation is not an illness or a disease but a symptom of something greater. Being aware of the causes can be a life saver. Constipation is typically divided into three subtopics. The first and prominent is primary, then you have congenital and secondary. There is a number of things that can cause constipation. Not drinking enough water, inadequate fiber intake, too much dairy, traveling and immobility are examples of things we can control. Then you move onto stress, medicine side effects, depression, eating disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer and a number of neurological conditions. These are all possibilities of why you might be suffering from constipation.

Although not everyone with constipation has a serious medical condition it is extremely important to get the proper diagnosis from a medical professional to treat it and get it under control, and for those more serious cases early screening is imperative. A doctor can usually tell you suffer from constipationjust with a description of your symptoms which can include bloating, abdominal pain, headaches and fatigue. There are different tests your doctor can perform for an accurate diagnosis: a physical examination, rectal examination, x-rays and blood tests.

There are treatments for constipation out there. Depending on how severe your case is, your health care professional might prescribe or recommend one of the following. They include laxatives, enemas, biofeedback and in worst case scenarios surgery. Laxatives although convenient and effective are very dangerous; due to the fact that bowel movements quickly become dependent on their use. Enemas provide mechanical stimulation, but are for the most part used for stool in the rectum, not the intestinal tract. If all else fails, physical intervention via surgery will be required. No matter the case, when diagnosed with constipation you should automatically increase your water and fiber intake, as well as your daily exercise.

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