Constipation Diagnosis and Treatment in Akron, OH
Constipation is when a person is suffering from the infrequent or tough passing of bowels that can last from several days to as long as several weeks. Constipation is a pretty common among adults, and almost everyone experiences it in their lifetime. Although constipation is highly common, those suffering from chronic constipation may have to suffer from excessive straining that can interfere with their day-to-day life. Constipation can also be a sign of a more severe condition including fecal incontinence. If you are experiencing symptoms of constipation and are in need of treatment, call (330) 953-3414 to request an appointment with board-certified urogynecologist, Dr. Costas Apostolis.
Causes of Constipation
Constipation is caused when stool moves slowly through the digestive tract and cannot be eliminated through the rectum, this causes the stool to become hard and dry. Below are common causes of constipation:
- Changes in diet or exercise
- Consuming a lot of dairy products
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Not drinking enough of water
- Lack of fiber in the diet
- Certain prescription medications
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Colon or rectal cancer
Symptoms of Constipation
Passing a bowel can vary from person to person from several times a day to only a few times a week. Going longer than more than three days without a bowel movement is usually considered too long. Common symptoms of constipation include the following:
- Less than three bowel movements a week
- Straining and having trouble with having a bowel movement
- Hard stools
- Feeling as if the stool has not been completely emptied from the rectum
If these symptoms have been occurring for more than three months, this may be considered chronic. Contact your doctor if you have been experiencing changes in your bowel habits for a lengthy period of time.
There are definitely changes that can be made to prevent constipation, including:
- Eating a well-balanced diet full of fiber
- Drinking a sufficient amount of water
- Cut back on dairy products
- Being active
Treatment for Constipation
Modifying lifestyle habits are the first steps to treating constipation. Increasing water intake and changes to diet should increase the speed the stool will move through the intestines. Medications or surgery may be recommended by a doctor if these lifestyle changes do not help ease symptoms. Below are some additional treatment options for constipation:
- Laxatives: There are several over the counter options for laxatives, including fiber supplements, lubricants, and stool softeners.
- Medications that draw water into your intestines
- Other prescription medications to treat chronic constipation
- Strong: Surgery is an option to treat chronic constipation that is caused by any blockage or the rectum.
- Physical therapies can teach you how to relax your muscles.
Request an Appointment in Akron, OH
Are you tired of living with chronic constipation? You don’t have to suffer any longer. At Summit Urogynecology, we offer a range of treatments to help relieve constipation and improve your quality of life. Contact Summit UroGynecology at (330) 953-3414 to schedule a constipation treatment consultation.