Common Causes & Symptoms of Constipation

Common Causes of Constipation:

  • Low dietary fiber – The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average American eats an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber per day.
  • Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly).
  • Some medications can cause constipation, including:  pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), anti-parkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, anti-convulsants.
  • Dehydration – Plenty of water can hydrate the colon softening the bowel movements and allowing them to pass.  Caffeine, cola and alcohol dehydrate the colon.
  • Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging and travel.
  • Abuse of laxatives which can become habit forming.
  • Antibiotics can completely eliminate the good bacteria.
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement may result in losing the feeling to have one.
  • Processed, devitalized foods that are low in fiber or bulk.
  • Tobacco,  coffee, sugar and alcohol upset the digestive process and nerve responses.
  • Specific diseases or conditions:  neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine conditions, as well as systemic conditions.
  • Conditions in the colon or rectum that can suppress, squeeze or narrow the intestine or rectum:  Intestional obstruction, adhesions (scar tissue), diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, Hirschsprung’s Disease or cancer.
  • Problems with intestinal function includes idiopathic (of unknown orgin) constipation, functional constipation (the bowel is healthy but not functioning properly) as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Some Symptoms of Constipation:

  • Hard, compacted stools that are difficult or painful to pass.
  • Straining during bowel movements.
  • Infrequent bowel movements.
  • Tummy aches that are relieved by bowel movements.
  • Blood in stools due to tearing of hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
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