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Common Questions About Constipation
Constipation is a condition that occurs when bowel movements become infrequent or difficult to pass. Several factors can cause constipation, including a low fiber diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, certain medications, and medical conditions such as digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and neurological disorders. Delaying or ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement — and stress or anxiety — can also contribute to constipation.
Yes, stress can cause constipation. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which can slow down the digestive system, leading to constipation. Stress can also affect the way food moves through the intestines and the balance of gut bacteria, both of which can contribute to constipation. Additionally, stress can cause changes in eating habits and physical activity, which can also impact bowel movements.
Yes, constipation can cause back pain. When stools become hard and difficult to pass, it can cause straining during bowel movements. This can put pressure on the muscles and nerves in the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort.
In addition, constipation can cause inflammation in the digestive tract, which can also contribute to back pain. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing symptoms of back pain, as this could be a sign of a more serious condition.
Yes. When there’s a backup of stool in your digestive tract, this can result in abdominal discomfort, bloating, and nausea. Additionally, when your body is trying to move stool through your digestive tract, it can trigger the release of chemicals and hormones that may lead to feelings of nausea.
To alleviate constipation related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), try increasing your fiber intake, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and incorporating stress management techniques. If these lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your healthcare provider may recommend OTC or prescription medication.
If you’re constipated, be sure to eat plenty of high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, as well as drink lots of water to help soften stools and aid in digestion.
In some cases, constipation can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, especially if it’s accompanied by blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, severe abdominal pain, or vomiting. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms along with constipation, it is important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause.