Sunday, September 27, 2009


is a common gastrointestinal problem. People who experience constipation have infrequent bowel movements, pass hard stools or strain during bowel movements.

What's considered normal frequency for bowel movements varies widely. In general, however, you're probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week, and your stools are hard and dry.

Fortunately, most cases of constipation are temporary. Simple lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and eating a high-fiber diet, can go a long way toward alleviating constipation. Constipation may also be treated with over-the-counter laxatives.

Not having a bowel movement every day doesn't necessarily mean you're constipated. You likely have constipation, however, if you experience two of the following signs or symptoms:

1.Pass fewer than three stools a week
2.Experience hard stools
3.Strain excessively during bowel movements
4.Experience a sense of rectal blockage
5.Have a feeling of incomplete evacuation after having a bowel movement
6.Need to use manual maneuvers to have a bowel movement, such as finger evacuation or manipulation of your lower abdomen.

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