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Contents for Constipation
  1. Introduction: Constipation
  2. Causes (726 conditions)
  3. Causes of Types
  4. Drug causes (1744 listings)
  5. Drug interaction causes (514 listings)
  6. Diagnostic tests (16 listings)
  7. Questions your doctor may ask (and why) (18 listings)
  8. Combined symptoms
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Constipation

Feeling constipated: Feeling constipated is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom:

Causes of Constipation (Feeling constipated): See detailed list of causes below.

Constipation (medical symptom): Hardness of stool or difficulty or inability to pass feces.

Introduction: Feeling constipated

Constipation (medical symptom): Constipation is a common symptom where a person has difficulty passing feces or unusually dry stool. Note that dry stool is medically considered within the spectrum of "constipation", although many people will use the term constipation only when stool dryness or hardness actually causes difficulty passing stool. Straining at stool is called "tenesmus"; see also bowel infrequency.

Constipation is common in children and older age, but can affect anyone. Since everyone has difficult bowel patterns, and not everyone passes one stool per day, exactly who qualifies for the diagnosis of "constipated" is not always clear. About 2% of the population suffers from chronic constipation. Various conditions can cause constipation ranging from poor diet, aging, pregnancy, irritable bowel syndrome, and numerous other underlying conditions for constipation. Constipation can also cause diarrhea leading to misdiagnosis. Various medications can cause constipation including overuse of laxatives that can cause a vicious cycle of constipation. Although constipation is not usually caused by a serious disease, professional medical advice is necessary to rule them out.

Article Excerpts for Feeling constipated:

Constipation (medical symptom): Constipation is passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement. Other symptoms of constipation include feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.

Many people think they are constipated when, in fact, their bowel movements are regular. For example, some people believe they are constipated, or irregular, if they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, there is no right number of daily or weekly bowel movements. Normal may be three times a day or three times a week depending on the person. In addition, some people naturally have firmer stools than others.

At one time or another almost everyone gets constipated. Poor diet and lack of exercise are usually the causes. In most cases, constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding causes, prevention, and treatment will help most people find relief. (Source: excerpt from Constipation: NIDDK)

Causes of Constipation (Feeling constipated)

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