Feeling constipated lately? You’re not alone. In fact, this condition is common among older adults.
Constipation is marked by straining, having lumpy or hard stools, a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowels and/or a sensation of being blocked. However, frequency of having a bowel movement isn’t always a good sign that you’re constipated since some people have three bowel movements weekly while others have three movements a day. “In general, however, you're probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week, and your stools are hard and dry,” the Mayo Clinic stated.
The usual causes of constipation include little dietary fiber, inactivity, medications, lifestyle issues (such as travel), dehydration, overuse of laxatives, and ignoring the need to have a bowel movement. Then you add the changes in a woman’s body at middle-age and you have additional reasons that your body might feel backed up. “Now, adding the a...
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...
Spastic colon; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Spastic colitis
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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