Constipation – A Symptom of Bowel Movements
What is Constipation?
Constipation is mainly defined as lessen bowel movements per week. However, having constipation occasionally is pretty common these days and some people with chronic constipation might experience severe difficulties in their daily tasks. Treating chronic constipation is totally depends on the fundamental cause. Although, sometimes the cause is never found in some cases of chronic constipations.
What are the symptoms of Constipation?
The primary symptoms of constipation include:
- Passing fewer than three stools a week
- Having lumpy or hard stools
- Straining to have bowel movements
- Feeling as though there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements
- Feeling as though you can’t completely empty the stool from your rectum
- Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen and using a finger to remove stool from your rectum
If anyone experiencing any two or three of these symptoms from some time, then it is legit to say that the person is having severe chronic constipation and need to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
When to consult a doctor in such symptoms?
Those who are experience uncertain and tenacious changes in their bowel movements then they quickly need to consult a doctor before the condition becomes more severe or harmful.
What are the main causes of constipation?
Generally, constipation mostly happens whenever a person experience slower movements of their stool in the digestive expanse or if they face difficulties and pain in effectively eliminating the waste from their rectum, which is the main the cause of stool getting dry and hard. The chronic constipation primarily have many possible causes, however following are some of the prominent causes:
Constipation causes blockages in the colon or rectum may slow or stop stool movement
The major causes include:
- Anal fissure
- Bowel obstruction
- Colon cancer
- Narrowing of the colon (bowel stricture)
- Other abdominal cancer that presses on the colon
- Rectal cancer
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina (rectocele)
Constipation can cause problems with the nerves around the colon and rectum
Constipation can cause neural complications which might affect your nerve and muscles in the colon and rectum to contract and movement of stool in the bowels.
The major causes include:
- Autonomic neuropathy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
Constipation can cause difficulty with the muscles involved in elimination
Complications in your genital muscles which are in contract with your bowel movements might cause chronic constipation. The major causes for this condition are:
- Inability to relax the pelvic muscles to allow for a bowel movement (animus)
- Pelvic muscles don’t coordinate relaxation and contraction correctly (dyssynergia)
- Weakened pelvic muscles
Constipation can arise conditions that affect hormones in the body
The hormones in your system helps balancing the fluids in your body. Sometimes when hormones get disturbed by the uncertain diseases and condition, it can also possibly lead to experience chronic constipation and these conditions include:
- Overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)