What Is Constipation?

What Causes Constipation? | Concorde GastroenterologyOne of the most frustrating things to deal with is frequent constipation. If you suffer from infrequent or hard bowel movements, you may be at a loss for what you can do. Even though pain and discomfort aren’t exactly two things anyone wants to experience, the good news is that for the most part, constipation is something that’s fairly easy to treat. Before we delve into treatment options, let’s take a closer look at a few other things to know about constipation.

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation can be caused by a variety of different diet and environmental factors which include:

  • Insufficient fluid consumption
  • A low fiber diet
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Painful anal conditions
  • Medication
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Dehydration
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Lack of exercise
  • Medical condition
  • Suppressing the urge to have a bowel movement

How is Constipation Treated?

Most commonly, we treat constipation in patients by encouraging them to eat a diet that is high in fiber, increase physical activity, and consume more fluids. During your initial consultation appointment with our doctors, we will determine which treatment plan we think will give you the best results. Some other helpful tips include:

  • Limiting caffeine or alcohol consumption
  • Scheduling time to visit the restroom
  • Recognizing the urge to have a bowel movement

One thing to know about constipation is that it’s fairly common to have on occasion because everyone’s digestive system is so unique. To prevent frequent constipation from occurring, try to be consistent with adding fiber and liquid to your diet.

If you are experiencing chronic constipation and would like to schedule a consultation, call us today at 212-889-5544.

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