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Constipation

What is Constipation?

Constipation is the inability or infrequent need to have a bowel movement. Constipation is defined as having three or less bowel movements per week and can be a temporary or chronic condition. Reasons for constipation can vary from changes in diet or activity habits, or be the symptom of an underlying condition.

Help for Constipation at Bronson

If constipation is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Common Causes of Constipation

Constipation affects many and may be a result of many factors. Common causes of constipation are:

  • Changes in diet or activity
  • Side effects of medication
  • Lack of fiber
  • Dehydration
  • Pregnancy
  • Traveling (known as “Travelers Constipation”)
  • Underlying condition

Signs of Constipation

  • Three or fewer bowel movements per week
  • Difficulty or painful bowel movements
  • Stool that is dry, lumpy and/or hard
  • Feeling full, even after a bowel movement

Who is at Risk for Constipation?

Both children and adults can suffer from bouts of constipation. Those commonly affected by constipation include:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • People over the age of 65
  • Women
  • Children
  • Those with medical injuries that confine mobility
  • Those on certain medications

Problems Caused by Constipation

In some instances, long-term constipation may lead to other health problems such as:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Colonic conditions
  • Urologic disorders

Constipation Treatment and Prevention

Based on the cause of constipation, several treatments can help you alleviate and manage your symptoms.

Types of treatment

  • Increase your water intake
  • Regular exercise
  • Eat fiber-rich foods (avocados, whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, broccoli, bananas, apples, etc.)
  • Avoiding dairy, meat or foods that are greasy or processed
  • Over-the-counter medication

When to Seek Medical Care

If have tried self-treatment and lifestyle changes, or are experiencing worsening or persisting symptoms, call your doctor.

Seek immediate care if:

  • You find blood in your stool
  • You have stomach pain
  • Have constipation lasting longer than three weeks
  • Have sudden changes in bowl movements
  • You are losing weight

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Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.