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...
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...
Definition Tenesmus is the feeling that you constantly need to pass stools, even though your bowels are already empty. It may involve straining, pain, and cramping. Alternative Names Pain - passing stool; Painful stools; Difficulty passing stool Considerations Tenesmus usually occurs with inflammatory diseases of the bowels. These diseases may be caused by an infection or other conditions. It can also occur with diseases that affect the normal movements of the intestines. Such diseases are called motility disorders. Persons with tenesmus may push very hard (strain) to try to empty their bowels, but they pass little stool. Common Causes Anorectal abscess Colorectal cancer or tumors Crohn's disease Infection of the colon (infectious colitis) Inflammation of the colon or rectum from radiation (radiation proctitis or colitis) Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Movement (motility) disorder of the intestines Ulcerative colitis
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