Chronic Constipation - What You Need Know

Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Then, how is infrequent defined?

Generally it’s described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week.

Most people had constipation occasionally and it isn’t a big problem. For some people though, chronic constipation can be a serious problem.

Signs and symptoms of chronic constipation include:

  • Passing fewer than three stools a week
  • Having lumpy or hard stools
  • Straining to have bowel movements
  • Feeling as though there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements
  • Feeling as though you can’t completely empty the stool from your rectum
  • Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen and using a finger to remove stool from your rectum

Constipation most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be eliminated effectively from the rectum, the longer the waste stays in the digestive tract, the harder and drier it becomes, which makes the elimination even more difficult.

Chronic constipation has many possible causes, including:

  • Blockages in the colon or rectum
  • Problems with the nerves around the colon and rectum
  • Difficulty with the muscles involved in elimination
  • Conditions that affect hormones in the body

These causes don’t occur to everyone. A big portion of people have constipation symptoms without any of clear causes.

Certain people may have a higher chance of constipation, including:

  • being old
  • being a woman
  • being hydrated
  • on a low fiber diet
  • getting little physical activity
  • medication
  • mental health problem e.g. depression

How to relieve constipation without seeing a doctor? Here are some home remedies that you can work on.

  1. Keep hydrated
  2. Take high-fiber foods and supplements, vegetables, fruits, nuts are all good choices
  3. Take honey regularly
  4. Keep 30 minutes physical exercises every day
  5. Avoid processed foods
  6. Take probiotics regularly
  7. Don’t ignore the urge of passing stool

 

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.