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Signs of Constipation

Symptoms of Constipation

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Constipation may include:

Note that Constipation symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Constipation signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Constipation:

Why Am I Constipated: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Constipation (con-stuh-PAY-shun) means that a person has three bowel movements or fewer in a week. The stool is hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. You may feel "draggy" and full.

Some people think they should have a bowel movement every day. That is not really true. There is no "right" number of bowel movements. Each person's body finds its own normal number of bowel movements. It depends on the food you eat, how much you exercise, and other things. (Source: excerpt from Why Am I Constipated: NIDDK)

Constipation -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. It is defined as having fewer bowel movements than usual, with a long or hard passing of stools. (Source: excerpt from Constipation -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Constipation -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Some doctors suggest asking these questions to decide if you are really constipated.

  • Do you often have fewer than three bowel movements each week?
  • Do you often have a hard time passing stools?
  • Is there pain?
  • Are there other problems such as bleeding?

If the answers are yes, you probably do have a problem. Otherwise, you probably do not. (Source: excerpt from Constipation -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

More Symptoms of Constipation:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Constipation article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

These general reference articles may be related to medical signs and symptoms of disease in general:

What are the signs of Constipation?

The phrase "signs of Constipation" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Constipation that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Constipation" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Constipation.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Constipation. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Constipation has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Constipation signs or Constipation symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Constipation may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Constipation symptoms.


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