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Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: All you need to know

About

Chronic Idiopathic Constipation is a condition of infrequent bowel movements or when there is difficulty in the passage of stools that persists for several weeks or may be longer.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, people aged above 65 years are prone to high risk of chronic constipation. Happening to both men and women, though women are more exposed to the disorder.[1]

Chronic Idiopathic Constipation:
- Is treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Requires lab tests or imaging
- Can resolve within days

A person is known to suffer from chronic constipation if there are less than three bowel movements in a week. This disorder can be because of blockage in the colon or rectum, neurological problems around the area of colon or rectum, difficulty in muscle movement or conditions which have caused hormonal changes.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation are:
- Passing less than three bowel movements in a week
- Difficulty in bowel movements
- Feeling a blockage in the rectum
- Feeling of not completely emptying the stool
- Having lumpy or hard stools

Treatment

Self-care: Consuming plenty of high-fiber food, fluids, including vegetables like beans and fruits can help preventing chronic constipation. Also, urge to pass the stool should not be ignored.

Medication: Doctors may prescribe a Chloride Channel Activator like Lubiprostone (Amitiza). This helps to ease out stools and allows more fluid movement. They may also prescribe Guanylate Cyclase-C Agonists that reduce abdominal pain and allow more bowel movements. Other than this, Misoprostol (Cytotec), Colchicine/ probenecid, and OnabotulinumtoxinA can also be prescribed by the physician.
Specialists: For other severe kinds, consult a physician at the earliest. We at mfine can help you with various fields of health issues. You can get in touch with us onboard for a holistic treatment program.

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