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Constipation: diagnostic test & lifestyle modifications

Diagnostic tests Most people with constipation do not need extensive testing and can be treated with changes in diet and exercise. Extensive testing is usually reserved for people with severe symptoms, for those with sudden changes in number and consistency of bowel movements or blood in the stool, and for older adults.  

Constipation: Treatments & Complications

Most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives. However, for those who have made diet and lifestyle changes and are still onstipated, they can take laxatives for a limited period. A doctor should determine when a patient needs a laxative and which form is best.  Different laxative groups are: • Bulk-forming laxatives generally are considered the safest but can  interfere with absorption of some medicines. These laxatives are to be taken with water. They absorb water and make the... 

Constipation causes and medications

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. It is a complaint of the patient and not a disease. Constipation has different meanings to different individuals. Most commonly, it refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a bowel movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, or the need for enemas,  suppositories or laxatives in order to maintain regularity of bowel movement.  

The most common causes of constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some people with IBS, also known as spastic colon, have spasms in the colon that affect bowel movements. Constipation and diarrhoea often alternate. Pregnancy. During pregnancy constipation can occur because of hormonal changes or because of compression of the intestine by the uterus.  Aging may also affect bowel regularity because slower  metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone.  Changes in life or routine. People often become constipated... 

Constipation

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints.  It is a complaint of the patient and not a disease. Constipation has different meanings to different individuals. Most commonly, it refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a bowel movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, or the need for enemas, suppositories or laxatives in order to maintain regularity of bowel movement.