Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint
in the United States,
affecting more than 4 million Americans and accounting for more than two
million visits to the doctor each year. While
the groups most often affected are women and adults over age 65, constipation
is also a significant problem for people
with cancer . Contributing factors include dietary and activity patterns,
anatomic considerations, pain medication, and a number of cancer treatments .
Though most constipation is temporary
and often perceived as a mere nuisance, persistent difficulty with bowel
movements can lead to long term complications, and there are rare cases of
constipation leading to serious illness and death. Given the potential negative
effects on health, it is important to recognize the factors contributing to
constipation and to practice effective management and prevention tactics.
Bowel motility is the complex function of the intestine
maintaining water balance in the stool...
Constipation can be a real, pardon the pun, pain in the rear. It can cause significant abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and even vomiting. If you find yourself straining, infrequently passing or passing small hard stools then check out some of these tips. They can help you to prevent and treat this painful problem. 7 Tips to Treat Constipation Water Water is key in having normal bowel movements. Even if you have plenty of fiber in your diet, if you don't have enough water to soften and bulk the stools you will still remain blocked up. Aim to drink the equivalent in ounces to half your body weight. So, someone who weight 150 pounds would aim to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Be careful: Caffeinated beverages, because they tend to dehydrate, and milk can be constipating so stick with pure water until the constipation passes. Exercise Moving your body, well... moves your GI tract too. Exercise can help to wake up your GI tract and get it moving the...
Alternative Names Bowel sounds Home Care Call your health care provider if Call your health care provider if you experience any symptoms such as: Bleeding from your rectum Nausea Prolonged diarrhea or constipation Vomiting What to expect at your health care provider's office The doctor will perform a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history. You may be asked: What other symptoms do you have? Have you noticed any abdominal pain? Have you noticed any diarrhea? Have you noticed any constipation? Have you noticed any abdominal distention ? Have you noticed any excessive or absent gas (flatus) ? Have you noticed any bleeding from the rectum or black stools? Depending on the findings of your physical exam, the doctor may order more tests. Tests may include: Abdominal CT scan Abdominal x-ray Blood tests Endoscopy If there are signs of an emergency, you will be sent to the hospital. A tube will be placed through your nose or mouth into the stomach or intestines. This empties the contents of your...
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