<p><strong>What Is Constipation? </strong></p>
<p>Constipation is more a complaint than a disorder—in fact, it is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States. Constipation is characterized by infrequent bowel movements with stools that are often hard and sometimes painful to pass. The condition results when intestinal contractions slow down, allowing more time for the bowels to remove water from food wastes.</p>
<p>The normal frequency of bowel movements varies greatly from person to person—it is perfectly normal for some people to have three bowel movements a day, while others have as few as three a week. Constipation involves the passage of hard stools less than three times in a week, usually accompanied by bloating and discomfort. Any change in a person’s usual frequency of bowel movements, however, may be a sign of a more serious underlying disorder.</p>
Abdominal pain can happen along with other treatment side effects:
cramping or bloating
Abdominal pain can be caused by the following breast cancer treatments:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant), a hormonal therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that strengthen bones and treat osteoporosis, can also cause abdominal pain.
A number of pain medications, including aspirin and other nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Aleve and Celebrex, may cause ulcers, bleeding or holes in the stomach, which leads to abdominal pain.
Managing abdominal pain
If your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, or gets worse as time passes, call your doctor right away. Your doctor may want you to stop or switch medications to see if that helps ease your pain.
Abdominal pain from diarrhea can be treated with an anti-diarrhea medicine such as Pepto-Bismol (chemical name: bismuth sub...
Constipation and infant gastroesophageal reflux sometimes occur together, effectively doubling the misery since both constipation and reflux may cause fussiness and digestive discomfort.
Constipation is defined as hard, dry bowel movements. A constipated infant may cry out, strain, pull up her legs or have blood in the stool. Infant constipation may be caused by diet, medication or dehydration.
Keep in mind that an infant may strain and appear to be in pain when passing a bowel movement, whether or not she is constipated. In addition, there is a great deal of variability in the frequency of bowel movements so infrequent bowel movements do not necessarily mean your baby is constipated. Review your child’s symptoms with the doctor and get an accurate diagnosis first.
If your baby is constipated and has gastroesophageal reflux, she may be fussy and uncomfortable for several reasons. Since the digestive system is one long tube, a back up in the lower dig...
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