What is chronic constipation?

One of the most frequently asked question is on chronic constipation. This is a question that can be answered in more than one way, depending on what one are experiences. The following illustrations will best explain what it is.

Bowel movements which are NOT frequent

I f you do have constipation which occurs at various intervals, one at a time, we still say that you have chronic constipation. In other words, the constipation does not have to occur every day. It may occur today and the next one will probably occur a week later.

Everyday experience

For others, the experience is even worse to the extent that you will have hard stool and difficulty in expelling it. Such persons spend generous time on the toilet stool and generally strain to pass stool.Still, what comes out is hard, lumpy stool that may have some spots of blood. One may also experience a lot of pain trying to push the hard stool out.

Less than 3 bowel movements in a week

Ordinarily, a healthy person should be able to pass stool daily. If this is still not possible, missing a day is still normal depending on what you have eaten the quantity. Up to 3 times a week of bowel movement is acceptable. However, anything short of 3 times in a week is indicative of chronic constipation and should be addressed as soon as possible so that it does not get out of hand. Unfortunately for many, this becomes a vicious cycle whereby the number of bowel movements remains low in one week. The reason for this is because the problem might not be treatable, only manageable.

One week is not enough

If you have experience hard stool and difficulty in passing it out for a week, it is still too early to call. Sometimes it has to be observed for a longer period of time. In  this case, the recommended for a  period of 3 months  or even more in the past one year. This way, a predictive pattern will be identified and one will be able to tell if there is chronic constipation or not.

Passing of stool

How easy or hard is it for you to pass stool under ordinary circumstances? You will find that some people, it is with a lot of difficulty that they are able to pass stool. This is because there is little or complete absence of bowel movement. If you find that you are straining to pass stool every time you go to the washroom, then it is important to establish the frequency.

Straining

It is not enough to pay attention to the difficulty in passing stool; the strain aspect is important in establishing if you have an underlying constipation problem. In most of the cases, you will find that some people strain a lot more than could possibly considered normal. This way, they scream, sweat and even bleed in the process of passing stool.

Hard, lumpy mass

 If you find it is hard and lumpy, there is a problem that should be treated.

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