FROM OUR EXPERTS
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...
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The foods you eat may cause, worsen, or relieve constipation .
Normal poop (stool) patterns are different for everyone. Some people may have a bowel movement more than once a day while others may have one every 2 to 3 days. Normal stools should not be painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation is defined as bowel movements that are infrequent, hard or difficult to pass. Constipation may be a chronic (long-term) problem or occur occasionally. It may result from medications, a medical condition, not enough activity, or a diet too low in fiber or fluid.
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