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Constipation in Adults (cont.)

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, 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
  • Coated (furred) tongue, bad breath (halitosis), and bad taste in the mouth
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/7/2014

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