Relieve Persistent Constipation
Edited by Jonathan, Lynn, Christine dela Cruz, Eng
Persistent constipation, or chronic constipation, is one of the most common digestive complaints in the world. It can make you feel uncomfortable and irritable, and it may even make you unproductive in your work from having to stop and double over when the pain becomes too much to bear. The next time you see a person grimacing in pain and holding his belly, in all probability he is suffering from constipation. Millions of doctor visits later, the millions of chronic constipation sufferers are still asking for solutions to this bothersome digestive problem.
What is persistent constipation?
Persistent constipation, otherwise known as chronic constipation, is manifested in a number of ways. Generally, it is defined as having bowel movements a maximum of only three times a week, for several months, and difficulty in consummation of bowel movements for the sufferer. The manifestations are:
- Bowel movements that can be counted on your fingers for weeks at a time.
- Feeling like you want to have a bowel movement, but despite long periods of sitting in the bathroom and waiting, the bowel movement won't occur.
- The stools you do pass may be hard or formed, small, or they could be a combination of hard, formed, and small stools.
Myths against truths about persistent constipation
- 1The myth is if you don't move your bowels every day, it is abnormal.The truth is, less than 50 percent of people are able to move their bowels daily.Advertisement
- 2The myth is not that many people are suffering from persistent constipation.The truth is up to 20 percent of the world's population suffer from it. And that's hundreds of millions of people.Advertisement
- 3The myth is if you do all the right stuff like drinking lots of clean water, eating fiber-rich food, and indulging in moderate exercise, you will not suffer from persistent constipation.The truth is, if you do all these, it will not guarantee freedom from digestive ailments like persistent constipation. Psychological trauma and depression could also trigger it. Childhood issues, marital conflicts, family deaths can make a person severely constipated in spite of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, an inbuilt medical condition like low thyroid hormone levels could cause it.
- 4The myth is it is considered chronic or persistent constipation if you have fewer than five bowel movements in a week.The truth is, three bowel movements in a week is normal because 95 percent of adults do so between three and 21 times in a week.
- 5The myth is that when bowel movements are not frequent, toxins will build up in the intestines and they will cause cancer because they did not get out.The truth is that there is no proof that toxins will accumulate in the intestines when there are infrequent bowel movement. There is also no proof that they will cause cancer. However, if all sorts of remedies have been tried out for the persistent constipation, but bowel movements are still not possible, consult your physician.
- 6The myth is that bowel movement frequency increases with age.The truth is that when you age, bowel movements become less frequent than before.Advertisement
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Recent edits by: Christine dela Cruz, Lynn, Jonathan