8 Sign and Symptoms of Constipation
The fact about bowel movements is that there is no one perfect schedule for them. While everyone differs in their frequency of bowel movements per day, it is better to have a schedule. This schedule also varies from person to person. Any disturbance in this schedule of bowel movements of an individual creates a constipation problem for that person. Constipation signs are so common that everyone in their life experiences them at least once. Although any individual can have such severe symptoms of constipation that they may have to see a gastroenterologist doctor, usually this condition is mild and is fixed at home. Many people go for home remedies to treat and prevent their mild conditions of constipation problem. But there are certainly cases where some specific constipation signs need medical attention as they can indicate something serious. Medical attention, in these cases, is the only way to rule out the real cause of constipation.
If constipation problem occurs due to any of the following causes, then there is no need to get alarmed as it can be treated at home:
- Having a diet that lacks fiber
- Staying dehydrated
- Not exercising can affect the peristaltic movements in the intestines
- Taking painkillers, antacids, or some other medication
- Having more dairy products
- Sudden changes in lifestyle
If your constipation problem does not resolve for more than 4 days, you should seek medical attention for your constipation treatment. Constipation, most of the time is not an indication of a serious problem but you should never wait to see a doctor if you ever experience any of the following 8 symptoms of constipation:
Unknown cause of constipation
If your bowel movements have always been regular and you experience a sudden development of constipation, then this symptom can be an indicator of some other medical condition. The sudden development of constipation means that you cannot find a probable cause of your constipation.
Unsolved condition of constipation for a long time
If all the home remedies like drinking enough water, exercising daily, taking ayurvedic laxatives do not work for your constipation treatment at home, you should seek medical help for its treatment. This is because having persistent constipation can create other complications like hemorrhoids.
If your constipated stool is accompanied by blood, it can be a sign of some other problematic medical condition like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, ulcers, or colon cancer. The nature of this bleeding can vary depending upon the condition it indicates towards. It is important to see a doctor for this symptom to examine the nature of your rectal bleeding.
Sudden weight loss
Constipation problem can surely affect your appetite to reduce it which can reduce your weight to a slight unnoticeable amount. However, if you find yourself losing a significant weight that you cannot explain to yourself, seek the help of your doctor in finding its cause as it can be a symptom of some other medical condition.
Pain in the lower abdomen
Intestinal disorders or infections can be indicated by the symptom of severe pain in the lower abdomen but when this pain is accompanied by constipation, the intestinal disorders this symptom indicates may be more serious like colonic diverticulitis.
Nausea and vomiting
Mild constipation is never accompanied by vomiting. If you are suffering from the symptom of nausea and vomiting while being constipated, it can be a sign of blockage due to which your stool is obstructed to be passed. This obstruction may be due to causes like swelling or tumors.
Restriction to pass stool can be due to a serious obstruction. It can be accompanied by intense pain while feeling bloated. Constipation, with these symptoms, can be a strong indicator of issues like chronic indigestion, inflammation, etc.
Rapid heart rate
An increase in heart rate while being constipated can be a symptom of a blockage of stool due to hardened stool obstruction. This hardened stool can be stuck in the rectum or colon and can act as a barrier for the new stool to pass. This can become the reason for other serious symptoms of constipation for which urgent medical attention is necessary.
Constipation problems are often mild but sometimes can become serious enough to indicate some serious underlying cause. For mild constipation sings certain home remedies such as drinking enough water, increasing fiber in the diet, taking laxatives, exercising regularly are effective. For some specific symptoms, like the above-mentioned, medical help is necessary for constipation treatment as well as for the treatment of the underlying cause. Proper attention to the symptoms of constipation can help an individual to treat a serious condition at the earliest hour.
At Alfa Gastro and Liver Care center, the best medical attention for symptoms like these is guaranteed.