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Constipation - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Suffering from constipation implies that the bowel movements happen less frequently or that the stool is tough. It is so common that most people experience it at some point in their lives. Even though it isn’t very serious a problem, you are prone to feel way better after the body is functioning like it should. The time gap between the bowel movements depends for each person. While some pass stool thrice daily, others may pass stool twice weekly. If the stool is passed after more than three days then it is generally considered to be too long. The fecal matter becomes harder after not being passed for three days at a stretch.

Some constipation relief techniques are:

  • Antacid medication having aluminum or calcium
  • Changing the usual activities or diet
  • Colon cancer
  • Consuming a lot of milk and other dairy products
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis or parkinsons’ disease
  • Being under active
  • Not enough roughage or water in the diet
  • Overusing laxatives
  • Nervous and muscular problems of the digestive system
  • Pregnancy
  • Resisting urges for passing stool, which some individuals might do due to hemorrhoids
  • Few medicines like certain pain killers
  • Stress
  • Hypothyroidism

What can be done for constipation treatment? Here are a few steps:

  • Drink warm beverages, more so in the morning
  • Add vegetables and fruits in your diet
  • Drink up to four more glasses full of water in a day, unless your doctor has limited fluid intake for some other reason
  • Have fibrous cereals
  • If you feel the need, take a mild stool softener or laxatives such as magnesium hydroxide. Don’t prolong laxative use for over two weeks without consulting your doctor. If the laxatives are overdone, then the symptoms may worsen.

    • Have a wholesome diet rich in fiber. Good fiber sources are vegetables, legumes, fruits and multi grain bread like bran.
    • Eat a well- balanced diet with plenty of fiber. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain bread and cereal (especially bran).
    • Drink 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water and other fluids a day (unless your doctor has you on a fluid-restricted diet). Fiber and water work together to keep you regular.
    • Avoid caffeine. It can be dehydrating.
    • Cut back on milk. Some people may need to avoid it because dairy products may be constipating for them.
    • Exercise regularly. Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
    • Go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.
    parkinsons disease
Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Trouble having a bowel movement. Swollen belly or belly pain. Hard or small stools.

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4 Ayurvedic Remedies For Constipation Caused By Eating Junk Food!

Dr. Sanjeev Bhargava 88% (151 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
4 Ayurvedic Remedies For Constipation Caused By Eating Junk Food!
Junk food is nothing but junk with no nutritional value. While it undoubtedly is lip smacking, but costs us our health without we knowing we are falling into an unhealthy trap. It is somehow wrong to say say we don't know what it does to our health, but we just tend to ignore. The junk food that we prefer to eat contains lots of salt, fat and artificial chemicals and now a days, more and more processed foods are finding their way into our refrigerators as they can just be picked up and eaten anytime hunger pangs are felt. Refined flour, white sugar, cheese, canned juices, frozen foods, cheese laden pizzas and breads are all yummy, but not something that is readily accepted and digested by your stomach. The most common problem they lead to is constipation as digestive organs find it increasingly difficult to digest them. While it is advisable to stay away from junk foods or at least not have them very frequently, if its consumption has caused you constipation and you'are looking for ways to find relief, here are some quick ayurvedic remedies for you: 1. Aloe vera - Besides acting as a remedy for minor burns and cuts, aloe vera gel also helps soothe your stomach. It functions as a natural laxative by making your stool softer. Moreover, it aids in protein digestion and makes the muscular structure of your intestines stronger, consequently providing relief from constipation. Have 2 tablespoons of aloe gel in morning by mixing it with your glass of fruit juice, or consume 1 cup of aloe vera juice. 2. Castor oil - Castor oil is often referred to as a stimulant laxative and is a very useful remedy for constipation. Castor oil enables smooth movement and functioning of the intestines, making it easier for stool to pass. Drink 1 to 2 teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach. It takes about 8 hours to show its effect, so decide which time of the day will be suitable for you to consume it. 3. Coconut Oil and Flaxseed - Coconut oil is a wonderful hydrating agent and eases stools. Flaxseeds help in the elimination of toxins, excess fat and cholesterol from the body. So in one tablespoon of coconut oil, add half a teaspoon of flaxseeds, chew well and eat this in morning. 4. Baking Powder - Baking powder has an alkalizing effect and eases movement through the bowels. Add a teaspoon to 1/4 cup of warm water and drink it quickly for best results.
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In Continuation With Constipation- Going Twice Daily

Ayurveda, Gorakhpur
In Continuation With Constipation- Going Twice Daily
In the last topic constipation causing fissures, we learned about having fool diet during this condition, our situation will be better faster. Now one other point in fissures is, increasing water intake, specially before defecation and other point is to go twice daily for defecation. So that stool do not find time to be dried. Because rectum is a place where water is absorbed from body so we need to have fool diet and water and go twice for defecation.
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Piles - How Homeopathy Can Resolve It For You?

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BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Piles - How Homeopathy Can Resolve It For You?
Homeopathy is the best alternative to avoid surgery specially, in the cases of piles, fissure, fistula. There are many cases that were recommended operation but with homeopathy not only they were treated successfully but the surgery was also not done. Piles or haemorrhoids cause severe bleeding in the anal region due to an abnormal enlargement of the rectal veins. The bleeding occurs as a result of a sudden increase in pressure in the rectal area. The haemorrhoids which tend to grow in the exterior part of the anus tends to be severe painful as compared to the internal haemorrhoids (which are invisible and grows in the interior portion of the rectal area). The major causes of haemorrhoids are genetic factors, pelvic tumours, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of regular physical exercise, undiagnosed and chronic gastric disorders like dysentery, diarrhoea or constipation and a significant increase in the weight of the uterus during pregnancy. The sign of piles might include intense pain and irritation in the rectal area along with the presence of blood in the faeces and abnormal swelling of the affected area. If taken in a prescribed dosage, homeopathy can be very effective in curing piles. The most beneficial homeopathic preparations for piles are: Nux vomica: This homeopathic preparation is useful in curing piles which display symptoms of extreme aggressiveness and intolerance to cold weather. If piles are caused due to excessive intake of spicy foods and alcohol or cigarettes, this homeopathic preparation can work as an effective cure. Hamamelis: This preparation is useful to cure piles which show symptoms of blood in the faeces along with a sensation of discomfort and contusion. Ratanhia: This preparation provides a remedy for severely painful hemorrhoids (which causes complications during excretion). Symptoms include severe pain which stays for several hours after excretion along with a burning sensation. It may be relieved with the help of cold water. Graphites: If you suffer from the symptoms of chronic constipation, frequent skin eruptions and recurrent instances of menstrual anomalies in females along with piles, this homeopathic medication can provide effective cure to you. Aesculus Hippocastanum: This homeopathic preparation provides an effective remedy for non-bleeding hemorrhoids along with the symptoms of severe back pain and pain in the anal regions. Arsenic Album: This homeopathic preparation can prove effective in curing piles with the symptoms of a burning sensation during any forms of physical movement. If the hemorrhoids bleed extensively and are bluish in color, this homeopathic preparation can be beneficial in such cases.
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Constipation - What Can You Do To Get Rid Of It?

Dr. Jaikish Jayaraj 92% (10 ratings)
M.Ch - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery, MS (General Surgery)
Gastroenterologist, Calicut
Constipation - What Can You Do To Get Rid Of It?
We are seeing a veritable explosion of constipation in the world. Most people will experience some constipation in their lives but it s when the problem gets chronic or is accompanied by pain and /or blood in stools, that it should ring alarm bells for sure. Being constipated means that your bowel movements don t happen normally. But, what s normal? We know that the normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people go to the loo three times a day and that s normal for them. In general, not clearing your bowels for more than three days is usually considered too long. The stool also becomes hard and difficult to pass after three days. Symptoms Fewer bowel movements Trouble passing stools Hard stools Feeling full even after passing stools Flatulence and belly pain Vomiting Causes Having too many antacid medicines, especially those containing calcium or aluminium Changes in lifestyle including diet and usual activities Colon cancer Dairy products Eating disorders Irritable bowel syndrome Neurological problems like Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis Inactivity Having less water or fibre in diet Laxative overuse Pregnancy Nerve and muscle problems in the digestive system like due to fibromyalgia Medications like NSAIDS, drugs, antidepressants, or iron pills Stress Hypothyroidism Treatment Drink more water consciously- Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day. Drink warm liquids, especially after getting up in the morning. Add more fibre to your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables. You can use a mild over-the-counter stool softener like docusate or a laxative like magnesium hydroxide, but for not more than two weeks. Call your doctor if you have a sudden attack of constipation with abdominal pain and you aren t able to pass any gas or stool. Other ways to get rid of constipation are Eat a well- balanced diet with enough fibre. Eat bran and multi-grain bread instead of white bread. Cut out processed foods from your diet. Eat regularly. Drink 1 1/2 to litres of water and other fluids a day. Avoid caffeine found in tea, coffee and soft drinks. This can exasperate constipation Cut back on dairy, especially milk. Exercise regularly. Just 30 minutes of walking or some activity can manage constipation. Don t hold back from going to the bathroom when you feel the urge. Eat more vitamin B 12. Sometimes lack of this vitamin can cause constipation. A deficiency can also make you tired, weak and nervous. Stress is a big cause for constipation. Be sure to nix it as it causes changes in the body that cause problems in your body like constipation. The gastrointestinal system is especially sensitive to stress so anything meditative like Tai chi, yoga or listening to music can be a big relief.
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Constipation Causing Fissures

Ayurveda, Gorakhpur
Constipation Causing Fissures
While consulting a patient of fissure due to constipation, which condition getting worse day by day and he is being weaker and depressed. Before giving him stool softener or purgative luxative or pain killers. We should first think or ask about his food amount. Because of fear of pain while defecation sometimes the patient withdraws his food or limit it and this habit never help him to be cured, and he will be weaker and weaker. So first medicine is tell him to have full diet specially fibre roti etc then recommend for any medicine. Wl work faster.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I have a pain in anus after laterineng in the morning and sometimes bleeding and always have constipation my thyroid level is 5.99 I have take medicine for thyroid and constipation but there is no relief.

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Hello, It seems your symptoms are indicative of piles. Homeopathic medicines can give you good results however you need to do some diatory and lifestyle changes as below *Avoid eating spicy food *Satart morning walk *Drink plenty of water (approx 2.5 to 3 ltr per day) *Drink butter milk.

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Take lots of fluids atleast 5 liters per day. Take green leafy vegetables and fruits daily. Make a habit of doing regular exercises. Take Esabgol 10 GM. Two Tea Spoon at bedtime. Your problem will be solved. No worries.

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Hi, I am feeling strange sensations in head at night like my head is electrified. Feeling shortens of breath at that time. Currently I am taking high bp medicine ‘TELMA AM’.Please help me out what it is? During day time when I am normal suddenly I feel heaviness in head. After some time it’s ok. Also I am suffering with constipation.

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Dear lybrate-user, as with description you conveyed ,being hypertensive or if there are TOD (target organ disease) etc, It is urgent to meet cardiologist or team of neurologists as with cardio specialist. Till then relax, eat light, avoid running ,jogging or other body building exercises which may cause 'TIA' or thromboembolic episodes or strain to Heart. Check if you have HHD or IHD or running a risk to develop same. Hope this will enable you to make right choice.
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Hi, After passing stools I do not get satisfaction and feel that still there is something left in my intestine. I spend long time in toilet no use. I feel tried thorough out the day also I have fasting more bad smell from my mouth.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
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For bad smell get scaling polishing done by a dentist than brush twice daily especially at night use betadine mouth wash drink plenty of water eat more fibrous food.

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