Patients usually report constipation when there are changes to harder stool consistency, the presence of pellets, straining or feelings of incomplete evacuation, infrequent bowel movements, and a sensation of “want to, but can’t”. Most people endure the occasional bout of constipation.
Most of the time, it can be helped through diet, drinking more water, exercise and over-the-counter medications. Sometimes, though, it does not go away or keeps coming back. If you are experiencing three or fewer bowel movements a week or often have difficulty passing stool, you may be suffering from a more serious condition known as chronic constipation.
Moreover, you should talk to your doctor about your constipation when you notice rectal bleeding or see blood in your stool. When you talk to your doctor, tell him about all medications you are taking, as they could be a cause of constipation.
If you have been suffering from constipation we invite you to make a visit to our clinic, where Dr Papageorgiou will decide if tests are needed to figure out if your constipation is the symptom of an underlying health problem and determine the best method for treating your condition and helping you feel better.