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Overview

Constipation is a disorder of the digestive system, during which a person feels discomfort in passing the stools. The colon absorbs the water from the bowels thus making their movement slower; the hard and dry stools are difficult to pass.

 

Symptoms

The highlighted symptom of constipation is difficulty and straining in passing the stools or passing fewer stools as usual. Other symptoms include:
  • stomach ache
  • bloating
  • feeling of fullness
  • loss of appetite

 

What causes constipation?

There are a various reasons for constipation; the causes may vary from one person to another.
  • Dehydration ( not drinking enough watermakes the digestion slower )
  • Lack of fibrous food in diet (causes slower movement through the digestive tract and thus more water is absorbed along the path )
  • Physical inactivity
  • Consuming milk ( some people feel constipated after consuming milk whike others do not)
  • Oldage
  • Pregnancy
  • Not going to the toilet when needed
  • Travelling
  • Eating meals on varying time periods
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Other underlying disease

 

Constipation Treatment

Constipation is not a chronic condition which could cause a health risk. It usually subsides on its own. Rectification includes change in lifestyle and proper diet plan which includes uptake of fiber rich foods and drinking plenty of water. Consumption of laxatives can alsplo provide relief but it should be taken only when necessary. Forming a habit of laxatives consumption can give rise to various other illness. Constipation cure or constipation problem can be treated by the intake of some over the counter drugs as well.

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Home remedies

If the condition I not caused due to underlying disease, constipation can be relieved by simple home based constipation remedy and by switching to more healthy habits. Some measures that you may adopt are :

  • Include lots of fiber rich food and drink plenty of water
  • Add bulking agents such as wheat bran in your diet
  • Regular light exercise (this will enhance the physiological processes in the body)
  • Not withholding the urge to pass the stools.

 

Constipation in children

Constipation can be quite common in children but it is not a big issue as it is usually a temporary condition. The causes are usually the same as in adults but mostly children tend to withhold the urge to have a bowel movements. This causes a change in the daily routine of the children and leads to constipation.

 

Constipation Symptoms in children
  • Stomach ache
  • Infrequent bowel movements or less bowel movements in a week
  • Pain during bowel movements
The constipation treatment and prevention methods are the same i.e drinking enough water, eating high fiber foods, physical activity and regular routine of bowel movements.

Common health issues associated with constipation

 

Gas pain/ stomach gas pain

When the condition of constipation remains prevalent for quite some time, then you may suffer from stomach ache which in reality is due to gas. Passing gas is quite normal but it presence of gas accompanied by constipation becomes painful. It can be embarrassing at times. The pain eases after expulsion of the gas.
Many cases of stomach ache are in fact caused due to gas but if you feel pain on touching your belly, then it may be due to other issues (regarding that you must consult your doctor).

 

Acid indigestion

Acid indigestion is also known as acid reflux. It’s a normal condition which everyone faces at some point. When the contents of the stomach go back to your esophagus, the condition is called acid reflux or indigestion. The drugs used during the treatment are likely to cause constipation.

 

Heartburn

The cause of heartburn is the same as acid reflux; the only difference being that the contents of the stomach (along with the digestive juices) move backwards up to the throat and cause a burning sensation in the chest. This can also be the cause of your recurring or

 

Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C)

Constipation when accompanied with IBS can be extremely annoying for the person suffering from it. It causes recurrent abdominal pain and alternating diarrhoea and constipation. In this case, the treatment is aimed at improving the bowel movements and the accompanying symptoms. Self treatment is not recommended in case you suspect to be suffering from IBC -C; chances are you will worsen your condition in the attempt of treatment. Consult your doctor for appropriate medications and control measures.

 

Back pain due to gas
Constipation is usually accompanied by gas. Gas causes bloating which in turn makes your stomach protrude out making it look bigger. Your back provides support and structure to your body, the stomach when filled with gas, puts pressure on the back and thus you tend to experience back pain during chronic constipation. Resting and refraining from heavyweight lifting can ease your pain. Painkillers are also helpful but it is recommended not to become habitual to it.

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