Having difficulty in passing stool, as we all know it as constipation, is one of the most common medical issues in the United States. It can mean that you are not passing stool regularly and pooping is generally a very painful task for you. Constipation can also cause your poop to be hard and lumpy.
This condition is common in all age groups, but the severity can vary from person to person. Some might experience short episodes of constipation while for others it can be for extended time periods where they have accepted it to be an everyday routine.
This blog will talk about the possible reasons that cause constipation and ways you can treat and further prevent it:
Symptoms of Constipation:
Here is a list of a few symptoms that might direct you to diagnose constipation.
∙Fewer than three bowel movements in a week.
∙Stools are hard and dry.
∙Stools are difficult and painful to pass.
∙You have a constant stomach ache or cramps.
∙You feel the need to poop but it does not happen.
∙Feeling bloated and heavy.
∙Feels like you haven’t completely emptied your system after pooping.
Causes of Constipation:
∙Not taking enough fiber in your diet. Fiber rich foods include fruits and vegetables.
∙Changes in eating or sleeping habits.
∙Over consumption of dairy products such as cheese and milk.
∙Limited physical activity.
∙Delaying the urge to pass stool.
∙Not drinking enough water.
∙Anxiety and stress.
∙Medicinal side effects.
How Can You Relieve Constipation?
Here are a few ways you can relieve your constipation at home.
∙Increased intake of water.
∙Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
∙Add fruits, vegetables and high fiber foods in your dietary routine.
∙Limit eating high fat foods and dairy products.
∙Consume whole grain and cereal.
∙Look for things that trigger your constipation and avoid them.
∙Avoid holding the urge to use the bathroom.
∙Do not use your phone while pooping.
∙Ask your healthcare provider for a counter stool softener medicine.
When to see a Doctor?
Constipation can be of varied episodes. While you can manage symptoms on your own, if you experience longer constipation periods, it is always a good idea to seek professional help. Here are some factors you might want consider without prolonging your condition
∙Constipation is a new problem for you.
∙Constipation does not go away for longer time periods i.e. two, three weeks or more.
∙Severe stomach pain.
∙Pain while passing stool.
∙There is blood in your poop.
∙If you start to lose weight unintentionally.
While it is a common issue, do not take any medical symptoms lightly. Your body has a smart way of communicating; and this might be an initial sign of something more serious.