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Why does constipation occur?

It is very common to experience this condition. Sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and some other habits that need to be changed, can cause constipation. Symptoms of constipation are bowel movements that are infrequent and that generally may require a laxative or other remedy with scarce and dry feces that do not help the problem.

Remedies for constipation

There are foods and some natural dietary supplements that serve as laxatives and can help us treat constipation such as:

Modification in dietary habits such as:

Prunes, oatmeal, wheat bran, papaya, figs and dietary fiber.

In many cases, laxatives are used to help the intestines work correctly and eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms of constipation. However, this must be under the medical supervision of a gastroenterologist, due to the complexity of body of each individual, the severity of the case, as well as the root cause of constipation which must be studied.

Symptoms of constipation

1. Fewer than three bowel movements per week.
2. Hard feces.
3. Intestinal heaviness.
4. Difficulty in completely emptying the rectum.
5. The feeling of having not defecated completely after a bowel movement and the feeling of still wanting to have a bowel movement.

When one has tried a number of remedies for constipation and feels the problem is continuing, in may be a chronic condition. Dr. Sergio del Hoyo has years of experience in gastroenterology, having helped thousands of individuals in the diagnosis and treatment of constipation and in alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms of constipation.

In general, we have all suffered from constipation at one point in time. The problem begins when it becomes a frequent and long-term condition since it could be a matter of a chronic case. If the remedies for constipation don’t work and there is no response to the treatments, the patient could need a surgery whose benefits and risks must be analyzed along with our specialist, Dr. Sergio del Hoyo.

Depending on the constipation symptoms, medical background should be reviewed, tests should be run and the time and severity of the situation should be analyzed, since the causes of chronic constipation can vary from an anal fissure to a more serious illness such as colon or rectal cancer.

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo recommends always trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the following advice can help you if you have constipation symptoms:

Recommendations:

1. Stay hydrated.
2. Consume foods that are high in fiber.
3. Exercise for at least 45 minutes at least 3 times per week.
4. Listen to your stomach and try to have a bowel movement whenever you feel the need and are able to.
5. Maintain a balanced diet.

If you have an intestinal problem and have tried all the remedies for constipation and there has been no significant improvement, please contact us to receive attention and guidance from Dr. Sergio del Hoyo, specialist in gastric illnesses.

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Commun Questions

Constipation is defined as difficulty in having frequent and satisfactory bowel movements that allow the intestine to relax. It is recommended that a person should have a bowel movement at least once a day without any difficulty.

Hard feces with difficulty in defecating, fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, the feeling of intestinal heaviness with abdominal bloating, the feeling of having not defecated completely after having a bowel movement, the feeling of wanting to continue defecating.

The diagnosis of constipation can be made from a clinical history with abdominal exploration or through a CT scan, colonoscopy, intestinal transit with markers to evaluate intestinal movement and tests to determine the function of the muscles that help in defecating.

Medical treatment includes fiber, laxatives, medications that increase the motility in the intestine. Most importantly, we recommend drinking plenty of water, consuming fruits and vegetables and other fiber-rich foods, eliminating red meat, flour and certain fats.