What Is Chronic Constipation?

Q:
What is chronic constipation?

A:
Symptoms of chronic constipation may vary from patient to patient. For some people, it means infrequent bowel movement for weeks at a time; to others, chronic constipation means straining or having difficulty passing stools.

Accoring to people suffering from chronic constipation, it feels like you need to have a bowel movement, but no matter how long you sit, it just won’t happen. With chronic constipation, you may have hard or formed stools, small stools, or a combination of infrequent hard, formed or small stools.

Generally speaking, chronic constipation is a stool frequency of less than three per week that lasts several months.

However, experts believe that some people just have bowel movements less frequent than they think. So this definition may not be accurate.

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