We all suffer or have suffered from constipation. Whether your children or you as an adult or senior suffer from it, it is a very uncomfortable (sometimes even painful) health problem. In fact, about 4 million Americans – especially women – suffer from blockage regularly. So it’s high time we listed the most important things: what is constipation? What are the symptoms and how do you relieve this medical issue?
What is Constipation and How Do You Recognize It?
Constipation often means not going to the toilet much, if at all, for number 2. You probably feel bloated en uncomfortable, if constipation lasts longer then it’s possible you experience pain in the lower abdomen. How is it possible that you can’t go? Well, bowel movement becomes less frequent, making it very difficult for the body to pass stool. When you go to the bathroom less than 3 times a week to poop, this is considered constipation. However, this can vary from person to person; for example, some people go several times a day for number 2, while others go no more than 1-2 times a week. Which makes your bowel movement pattern unique, which makes it hard to tell you if you suffer from constipation.
That’s why it’s important to always look at your stool, do you have trouble pooping – or is it even painful – and is the stool hard, dry, and small, and does your pooping schedule deviate noticeably from your normal schedule? For example, do you “go” several times a day, and did this change to every other day; you probably suffer from constipation. How likely you are to get constipated depends on several factors. For example, women and the elderly are more likely to suffer from it, but also people who are chronically ill and on medication or have neurological or digestive problems are more likely to suffer from constipation. Let’s find out how you can relieve constipation on the next page!