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Illustration of Constipation in Katy, TX

  • Bowel movements that occur less than two or three times per week.

You are CONSTIPATED when: 

  • ..stools can be challenging or painful to pass
  • have small stools
  • have dry stools
  • have hard stools
  • experience abdominal pain
  • have blood in your stools
  • have lumpy stools
  • experience abdominal bloating
  • have unexplained weight loss

Why do I get constipated? 

  • Too much dairy 
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough fiber 
  • Not enough physical activity
  • Stress
  • Travel or changes in routine
  • Ignoring urges to use the bathroom
  • Medications such as antacids with calcium, antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, and antibiotic

Why should I treat constipation? Can cause:

  • Hemorrhoids (internal and external)
  • Anal fissures (tear in rectum)
  • Rectal prolapse (large intestine goes into rectum)
  • Fecal impaction (stool gets stuck in the rectum)

What can I do to treat this condition?

Conventional Treatment :

  • For temporary relief, utilize over-the-counter laxatives and stool softeners 
  • For chronic symptoms, the doctor may prescribe medications

It is best treated with lifestyle changes such as increasing your water intake and daily exercise. Along with the increase of fiber in your diet

In severe cases, both conventional and lifestyle changes are needed, but to prevent reoccurrence the most important changes are in your diet and exercise

Consult your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve with simple changes.

The doctor will start by taking your medical history and performing a physical exam perhaps will order blood work. For those older than 50, a colonoscopy/ flexible sigmoidoscopy may be advised.

These signs and symptoms could signal an underlying digestive condition. Intestinal symptoms can be embarrassing — but don’t let embarrassment keep you from seeking help.


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