<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>
Irritable bowel disease is made up of at least two main disorders: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. While there are major differences between the two conditions, there are also similarities. For example, both disorders can cause inflammation of the intestines and both can lead to constipation . If you’re experiencing constipation, speak with your doctor.
What is constipation?
Constipation is usually defined as straining when trying to have a bowel movement, having hard stools or infrequent bowel movements. Constipation is quite common, with 15 to 30 percent of the general population reporting constipation recently. There is a much higher rate of constipation in women, in those with low physical activity, and in the geriatric population.
With Crohn’s disease, constipation can happen as a result of a partial obstruction in the intestines. In ulcerative colitis, constipation may be a symptom of inflammation of the rectum. Howeve...
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Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person.
Abdominal pain, fullness, gas, and bloating that have been present for at least 6 months are the main symptoms of IBS. The pain and other symptoms will often:
Occur after meals
Come and go
Be reduced or go away after a bowel movement
People with IBS may switch between constipation and diarrhea, or mostly have one or the other.
People with diarrhea will have frequent, loose, watery stools. They will often have an urgent need to have a bowel movement, which is difficult to control.
Those with constipation will have difficulty passing stool, as well as less frequent bowel movements. They will often need to strain and will feel cramping with a bowel movement. Often, they do not eliminate any stool, or only a small amount.
For some pe...
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