Constipation is a common condition that affects many people. What causes constipation? There are many causes, from living a sedentary life, a poor diet or other habits that need to be changed can cause constipation. Constipation symptoms include infrequent defecation and the need for a greater effort while using the restroom with scarce and hard stools that do not represent a relief from the constipation.
There are many types of foods and some natural food supplements that can act as laxatives and could help with constipation relief. For instance:
- Wheat bran
- Foods high in dietary fiber
In many cases, laxatives are used to help the intestines work properly and eliminate the annoying and sometimes painful constipation symptoms. However, this must be supervised by a doctor, due to the complexity each person’s medical history and the varying degrees of severity of each case.
- Less than three bowel movements per week
- Hard stools
- Intestinal heaviness
- Difficulty completely emptying the rectum
If several constipation treatments have been tried and the constipation symptoms continue to persist, it is then considered a chronic condition. Dr. Sergio del Hoyo has years of experience in gastroenterology, successfully practicing hundreds of surgeries that have changed the lives of his patients who suffer from constipation symptoms.
We will all suffer from constipation symptoms at some time in our lives. The problem begins when these symptoms become a frequent and enduring condition. If you’ve tried constipation treatments and did not experience relief, you may be a candidate for surgery. The options and the risks should be analyzed together with our gastroenterology surgeon, Dr. Sergio Del Hoyo.
Chronic constipation and cause other more serious medical conditions if left untreated, depending on the severity of the constipation symptoms, the patient’s medical history, and analysis of the duration of the symptoms. Chronic constipation can cause other medical issues from anal fissures to more serious conditions such as colon cancer or rectal cancer.
Dr. Sergio del Hoyo always recommends a healthy life and the following the following tips can help you relieve the symptoms of constipation:
Recommendations for Constipation Relief:
- Stay hydrated
- Eat foods with a high fiber content
- Exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 45 minutes
- Be aware of your stomach and try to have a bowel movement whenever the opportunity presents itself
- Eat a balanced diet
If you have a bowel problem and have already tried several constipation treatments without experiencing significant constipation relief, you may have chronic constipation. We invite you to contact us and receive attention and guidance from Dr. Sergio del Hoyo, specialist in gastric diseases.