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Constipation is generally defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week. Although suffering from occasional constipation can be normal, prolonged symptoms may require medical attention.
Sometimes constipation can be improved through lifestyle changes:
- Eating a high-fiber diet that is filled with vegetables, grains, legumes, etc.
- Reducing dairy and meat intake
- Drinking plenty of water
- Exercising regularly
- Reducing stress
If these changes do not improve your constipation, then it may be time to see a doctor. Your doctor may recommend laxatives. Fortunately, use of laxative medication does not cause detriment to your colon. However, if you have tried over-the-counter laxatives and are still suffering, your doctor may recommend stronger medication or other measures.
Long-term constipation can lead to serious health concerns such as bleeding, colon ulcerations, and sometimes even fecal impacts. Patients that have waited days and days without proper bowel movement should seek medical attention.
If you have been suffering from constipation, please call us to set up an appointment. We can help you!
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