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Are you suffering from constipation?

Abdominal pain and discomfort are what you typically imagine constipation symptoms would be. Constipation is the kind of health condition that can present itself without any painful symptoms. If you do not take care of your condition, constipation can lead to more severe problems long-term...

Common Constipation Symptoms

  • Applying a lot of pressure, force, or getting strained to have bowel movements
  • A feeling of inconclusive bowel movement – feels like stool is left within the rectum after bowel movements
  • Less than three bowel movements in a week
  • Lumpy stools
  • Feeling a blockage in your colon/rectum
  • Pain and general abdominal discomfort
  • Bloated abdominal area
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Constipation Happens?

Constipation has a long list of causes, but it is mainly a condition that arises from the excessive absorption of water from your stool. In some cases, constipation is an indication of a much more serious underlying condition

What Happens When you are Constipated for Too Long?

As much as constipation can be indicative of serious underlying medical conditions, it can also cause other conditions if left untreated.

How do you Stimulate Bowel Movement Quickly?

To take care of your constipation and stimulate your bowel movements, there are several long-term and short-term options you can resort to. If your constipation is not indicative of a more serious illness, then you should be looking at over the counter options, consulting with your doctor, and reconsidering your diet for long-term constipation relief.

How can I Avoid Constipation?

To avoid constipation altogether you should be looking at a combination of factors that you can control. You should be aiming to:

  • Having a well-designed diet with enough fiber in it – whether natural or through supplements
  • Exercising regularly and consistently – which can also reduce stress, another possible case for constipation
  • Drink plenty of fluids – especially water
  • Reduce or eliminate processed food from your diet

Constipation might be telling you something about your body and your diet that you might be unaware of. It is crucial for you to understand how this medical condition works and what you should be looking out for to avoid more serious health problems down the line.

Here is a list of causes for constipation:

  • Poor diet – not enough fiber & water
  • Inactivity – not enough exercise 
  • Changes in your diet
  • Stress
  • The use of some medications, especially painkillers and antidepressants
  • Too much calcium or aluminum from antiacid 

As we mentioned before, your constipation might be indicative of a more serious condition that is not overly evident, or the result of other medical conditions you might have been diagnosed with. For example:

  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Diseases like Parkinson’s or MS – Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Colon cancer – and to a lesser extent other types of cancer
  • Excess calcium in your bloodstream

After going through the list of symptoms above, you might be asking yourself if you have occasional or chronic constipation. The difference between both is easy to ignore, especially given that occasional constipation is so common. 

Therefore, you should always remain vigilant and monitor a number of events and precursors to your condition. For example, if you had to much processed food, the net day you might feel constipated. To avoid chronic constipation in that case, you just need to return to your regular diet and be more aware about the kinds of food that make you constipated.

If you notice that despite your dietary changes, increased physical activity, increased water intake, and a reduction in processed food, you are still getting constipated frequently, you should consult your doctor immediately. Other associated symptoms to look for to determine whether or not you should consult your doctor after you make the necessary changes to avoid chronic constipation, are:

  • Sudden unexpected weight loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Your stool has changed 

Once you consult with your doctor, the next step would likely be to run additional tests. These tests can include:

  • Hormone levels – specially to rule out hypothyroidism 
  • Colonoscopy – which can also help find tumors in the colon
  • Tests to determine how stool moves through your colon

While all of these tests require you to be physically present, your doctor here at AntidoteHealth.ai can help you by evaluating your condition and prescribing the necessary tests. Make sure that you consult with your doctor, adjust your diet, and exercise enough, to avoid having an occasional constipation issue become a chronic condition.

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