What is Constipation?

Constipation (also known as costiveness) refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Severe constipation includes obstipation (failure to pass stools or gas) and fecal impaction, which can progress to bowel obstruction and become life-threatening.

Constipation is a symptom with many causes. These causes are of two types: obstructed defecation and colonic slow transit (or hypomobility). About 50% of patients evaluated for constipation at tertiary referral hospitals have obstructed defecation. This type of constipation has mechanical and functional causes. Causes of colonic slow transit constipation include diet, hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism, side effects of medications, and rarely heavy metal toxicity. Because constipation is a symptom, not a disease, effective treatment of constipation may require first determining the cause. Treatments include changes in dietary habits, laxatives, enemas, biofeedback, and in particular situations surgery may be required.

Constipation is common; in the general population incidence of constipation varies from 2 to 30%. In the United States expenditures on medications for constipation are greater than $250 million per year.

Questions and answers on "Constipation"

I am suffering from Constipation .My age is 20,male,weight 70 kg and height 6ft. During my childhood days from birth up to 3 years,I used to suffer from constipation and blood in faeces.My diet was also healthy at that time.After this age everything went fine.I didn t suffer from constipation.When i attained the age of 12 years,I start getting acute pain in my stomach but didn t suffer from constipation.We did all the test and nothing found in my intestine.I took Ayurveda Medicines and continued it for 10 months.After completing the course of medicines everything went fine.During my teenage years I had eaten quite junk foods(was not a voracious eater).Now when I crossed the age of 16 constipation again attacked me but this time I suffered from constipation and flatulence only.I again had taken Ayurveda Medicine along with Aloevera juice and Indian gooseberry juice(amla).My mind completely completely changes and i became health conscious and had given up junk foods and other outside foods.After completing the Ayurveda Medicines constipation was gone. Ayurveda doctors told me to undergo Panchkarma kriya Now i have been eating only healthy foods(like all types of dry fruits,legumes,all kinds of vegetable,seasonal fruits,whole grain like oats,wheat bran and flax seed chapati,juices) for 2.5 years.Even after this strict diets I still suffer from constipation and it occurs in way that for a 15days i usually have bulky stools and for month I usually have light ant not bulky stools.presently i am not taking any medicines. I usually go to bed around 2am and wake up at 8am because of my engineering studies.I have 1 bowl movement per day but cannot clear my intestine well like a one who has healthy digestive system. Is allopathy and homeopathy has effective treatment for constipation? sir,please give me the effective solution so that i will not affect my professional life in future. Constipation persist when i don t take Aloevera and Amla juice and when i take these juices i able to clear my intestine well. NOTE-I have holidays for two months.I am not suffering from any disease right now except constipation(no acute pain,flatulence,gas,only vegetarian and no skin problems ) thanks to daily yoga and exercises.There is no worms in intestine and in faeces. Blood test are above average.

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You appear to have your bowel movements under control as of now. Am glad to understand that you are incorporating exercise into your daily regime. You also need to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet everyday. Include lettuce, palak or...

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Hi daughter is 2 year and she is having constipation.Every 3 days only she pass stool and it is too tight.We consult one doctor and he prescribe nutrolin B syrup.But i saw nutrolin B usually given for diarrhoea.Is it ok to give nutrolin B for constipation.Please give reply doctor.Thanking You
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hi i suffer from ibs and i dont know if my symptoms caused by that but here it goes.... i am urinating alot more than usual, if ihold itin its a very uncomfortable feeling, a bit of watery discharge, burning sensation inside my vagina internally, bloated, lots of trapped wind, abdominal and bladder discomfort.. just dont feel right.. and constipation can you help please.. thank you

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I read your concerns and in my opinion your symptoms are not related with IBS, but with urinary infection.

So, I would suggest doing urinary analysis and blood work and consult your physician to start antibiotic therapy.

For the moment I would advice:
- use plenty of water
- take a good...

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hi iam 26 years old i have constipation problem since from 2 years now frome last 3 months it becames very seviour problem .now iam using laxative from 2 months how long i use it is there any side effects from it and i am suffering frome obdominal discomfort from using this medicine . is there any other treatment to stop this constipation problem

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I have familiar multiple polyposis and I got my big intestine removed and have a j pouch now but then I got constipation and pain under my lower right breast and pain in my lower back my doctor had said with my metical history I shouldnt be able to get constipated I dont know what it is

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Hello,my name is dr.Dorina Gurabardhi.
I understand your concern.
Some advices that I can give to you are:
-Drink more water.
-Eat more fiber, especially soluble, non-fermentable fiber.
-Exercise more.
-Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee.
-Take Senna, an herbal laxative.
- Eat probiotic...

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how to avoid constipation?

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plenty of fluid,fruits,green leafy vegetables,regular exercise.u can take isabgol husk in night with milk.

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My dad age is 62 he is suffering from constipation problem . As he is suffering from type 2 diabatic disorder a diabetologist has priscribed smuth laxative he had took at night time but after next day he had stomach ace then i took to general surgeon he pricribed befalac suryp but since dr priscribed my dad is using it but conetipation prob is still there.also he is farting .ple give ur valuable suggestion

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Hello, Constipation is when you have a bowel movement less than three times per week. When you do go, the stool is hard and difficult to pass. There are several natural ways to prevent this condition. Most of them take just minutes a day.

Your Garnny should follow these steps to cure the...

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have slow gut motility and constipation cause of low thyroid not treated for many many years just being put on thyroxine wil the stomach repair or is it to late,

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Brief Answer:
there is not usually any long term damage

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Low levels of thyroid hormone slows the peristaltic contractions (contracting movements) of the gastrointestinal tract, causing constipation.

The low levels of the hormone does not...

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I am a male, 27 years, vegetarian. I was having constipation 2 days ago and saw blood in my stool. This because of a wound near the anus. I started taking Isabgol (phyllum husk). It still is hurting but not to that great extent. There still seems to be some constriction. What medication should I take?

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My Mother started suffering from constipation after a dialysis session. she had blood in her stool today when she went to toilet after taking the motion tonic..she did not had constipation or blood in stool earlier...does dialysis cause this side effect?

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Wife is 65 years old and suffers from extreme constipation. She receives excellent medical care, UNC & Duke graduates, but neither her primary physician or her plethora of specialists seem to be able to offer practical suggestions.

Situation resulted from surgery in 2001 four “flat back” syndrome secondary to scoliosis. Nerve damage occurred during surgery with many negative outcomes, such as, chronic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, some paralysis in right leg.

She manages well, in spite of, these difficulties and prior to surgery was high functioning in very responsible position.

She takes heavy narcotics for pain which, of course, contributes to her problem. Also, she takes Miralax and copious fluids.

Bowel movements are unpredictable and can take hours to complete. This part of her disability severely constricts her quality of life.

Are there any suggestions, short of a colostomy, which might alleviate her symptoms of constipation, as well as, relieving the constipation itself.

I understand this is a complicated medical situation, but I am interested only in the bowel management issues.

Any suggestions? Any recommendations? Any solutions?

Thanks very much for your time and attention to this problem.


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