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Constipation in Adults

Constipation in Adults Quick Overview

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  • Constipation is a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools.
  • Constipation is a symptom of a disease or condition.
  • Cause of constipation range from not taking in enough liquids, over poor diet to mechanical issues such as an obstruction in the intestine.
  • Symptoms of constipation are infrequent bowl movement, lower abdominal pain and hard or small stools.
  • Home and natural remedies to relieve constipation include gentle exercise, plenty of fluids and a high fiber diet.
  • OTC (over-the-counter) medication to get rid of constipation include synthetic fiber, stool softener and laxatives
  • Constipation during pregnancy can be managed by increasing your fluid intake, a high fiber diet and gentle exercise.
  • Prevention of constipation includes a daily "toilet routine," drinking plenty of fluids, and a well-balanced diet.

What are the symptoms of constipation in adults?

An individual may exhibit a broad range of symptoms of constipation depending on his or her bowel habits, diet, and age. These are some common problems a person may have if he or she is constipated:

  • Difficulty in starting or completing a bowel movement
  • Infrequent and difficult passage of stool
  • Passing hard stool after prolonged straining
  • If the person has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with
    • crampy abdominal pain,
    • excessive gas (flatulence),
    • a sense of bloating, and
    • a change in bowel habits
  • If the person has an intestinal obstruction, which results in
    • nausea,
    • vomiting,
    • absence of a bowl movement, and
    • inability to pass gas
  • Distended abdomen
    • headaches, and
    • loss of appetite
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015

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