A very common medical disorder wherein the bowel/stool movements of an individual become infrequent and difficult to occur. The condition is very mild and it occurs to almost everybody at least once during their lifetime. Observable symptoms of the disorder are as follows: having less than three stools a week, passing hard stools, difficult to pass stool and needing additional assistance to pass stool from the rectum. The seizure or slowing of the stool movements have the following causes: colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal fissure, narrowing of the colon and any other kind of abdominal cancer.
HOW IS CONSTIPATION DIAGNOSED?
Technically speaking, constipation means having fewer than 3 bowel movements per week.
Constipation is a condition that affects the bowels and results in difficulty in passing feces. There are irregular and infrequent bowel movements resulting in uncomfortable stomach aches, hardened feces that are difficult and painful to excrete. The common symptoms of constipation are a feeling of swelling or bloating in the abdominal region, abdominal pain, vomiting, insufficient bowel movements. Constipation may result from a poor diet, medicinal side effects and due to structural and functional abnormalities in the bowels. Constipation also occurs as a complication of other diseases such as diabetes, hypercalcemia, hypothyroidism, ovarian cysts, colon cancer, dysfunctional pelvic muscles and inflammation of the organs of the excretory tract.
Constipation treatment and constipation remedies include everything from home remedies to prescription drugs and these may be administered depending upon the cause and severity of the problem. Home remedies for constipation are avoiding foods containing high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, high fat foods, processed foods. You may even find relief by restricting your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay properly hydrated throughout the day – loss of fluids can be an important cause of constipation. Include at least 30 grams of fiber in your daily diet in order to facilitate bowel movements. Avoid unhealthy oils and use olive oil or castor oil in your food. Ghee or butter in minimal amounts can prove to be helpful too. For quick relief from constipation pain, you can drink a solution of baking soda and warm water. This removes the acids in the bowels and treats stomach pain and acidity, also.
Constipation is often thought of as a temporary condition but it may not be so. It may occur regularly and in some cases, may even become a chronic disease (lasting a lifetime). So, it is important that you maintain healthy food and lifestyle habits on a regular basis, not just when you experience problems in your bowel movements.
Constipation during pregnancy is a common complaint. This may be due to nutritional deficiencies and also due to hormonal imbalances. The pregnancy hormone progesterone reduces the functioning of the muscles of the digestive system. This leads to slow and inefficient processing of food in the bowels leading to constipation. Constipation remedies for this are regular physical exercise, taking small meals in frequent intervals and discussing your medicines and nutritional supplements with your doctor (to see if the regular constipation and bloating is a resultant side effect of one of these medicines and if so, the doses need to be adjusted or an alternative has to be prescribed).
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