Constipation

Below you will find more information about Constipation from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Constipation it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Constipation and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Constipation comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Constipation is one of the most common problems in the digestive system characterized by infrequent bowel movements, passing hard stools, and straining when moving a bowel resulting to feeling bloated, lethargic, and feelings of discomfort or pain.

Diagnosis

Stool analysis for any blood present in the stool. Anorectal manometry is used to measure the muscle coordination used in bowel movement. Medical history, physical examination, and checking the present medication can help in the diagnosis of constipation.

Treatment

Biofeedback, a technique used in stimulating better coordination of muscles used in defecating is suggested by the doctor if the cause of constipation is pelvic floor dysfunction. Milk of Magnesia can act as a mild laxative and doctor may also prescribe stool softener to soften fecal matter. The safest and most effective treatment for constipation is changing or modifying the lifestyle.

Symptoms and Signs

An individual is probably constipated if he/she pass hard stool less than three times within a week, always have to strain during bowel movement, experiences abdominal bloating and discomfort.

Causes

Incoordination of the muscles used during bowel movement, which is a condition called pelvic floor dysfunction causes an individual to strain during bowel movements and result to stool hanging only in the rectum is one of the possible cause of constipation. Other factors that contribute to constipation include low-fiber diet and inadequate intake of fluid, lack of physical activity, certain medications and other medical conditions such as hormonal disturbances and autoimmune disorders.

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