Chronic Constipation

Chronic Constipation

How do you know that you may have chronic constipation?

For at least ¼ (25%) of defecations:

1. You have to strain during passing of stools.

2. Your stools are lumpy or hard.

3. You have a sensation of incomplete evacuations.

4. You have a sensation of obstruction or blockage at the anus or rectum

5. You need a prolonged time to defecate

6. You need manual maneuvers to pass stools (for example you need to use your fingers to digitally evacuate stools) 

7. You have fewer than 3 bowel movements per week.

8. Loose stools are rarely present without the use of laxatives.

If you have any of the above problems, you should see a doctor and be assessed for the problem of chronic constipation. 


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