2016-06-16 17:14:44 UTC

Constipation 106: Complications

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Things to be Aware of with Constipation

Constipation can feel very bothersome, but it is not often a serious health problem. In some cases, though, it may be a warning of a serious hidden health issue, so be sure to tell your doctor about your symptoms.

Possible problems:


Constipation – What to Know:


  • Constipation can often be managed through changes in diet, drinking more fluids and exercise.
  • Know what is normal for you. A bowel movement is not needed every day.
  • Tell your doctor if your constipation does not go away or keeps coming back.
  • Hemorrhoids (swollen anal tissue).
  • Fissures (cracks in the skin).
  • Bleeding.
  • Fecal impaction. 
    • This may come with loss of control of stool, with liquid stool flowing around the hard impaction.
  • Rectal prolapse.
    • This does not happen often.
    • Straining way too much can make a small amount of intestinal lining push out from the rectal opening.
    • This could cause mucus to come out and stain underpants.


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