Am I Constipated?

Friday, 17 Dec 2010 04:37 PM

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Constipation affects most people at some point in their lifetime. Whether you are an infant or a full grown adult, this can become painful. When symptoms crop up, it can be difficult to tell if constipation is the culprit or if this is a sign of a more serious problem. Some symptoms are commonly seen with constipation. Knowing what these symptoms are will go a long way in determining if you need to see a medical professional or if you may be able to treat yourself at home.
 
Physical symptoms that often accompany constipation include hard stools which are painful to pass, urinary incontinence, and soiling which may appear to be diarrhea. Furthermore, you may experience cramps, nausea and/or a stomach ache. Less than three bowels movements in a one week period suggests constipation may be a problem and rectal bleeding is a symptom that must be addressed by a medical professional immediately. Frequent urination and bed wetting may not be associated with this condition, but they are also symptoms of constipation and should be looked at when determining whether or not you are suffering from this problem.
 
Not all symptoms of constipation are physical though, especially when the person with the condition is a child. If you notice your child is eating less or has other behavioral changes, constipation may be the cause. When other symptoms are present, you will most likely be able to make a diagnosis fairly easily. Furthermore, your child may exhibit symptoms that lead you to believe they are avoiding a bowel movement. Signs to look for that may indicate this include wriggling and squirming, crossed legs, and unusual faces. All may suggest your child needs to use the restroom, but doesn't want to. In most cases, this is due to the fact that they know a bowel movement will be painful and are doing their best to avoid it.
 
If you have determined that you are suffering from constipation, there is no need for alarm. Thankfully, this is a condition that can easily be treated at home. In addition, certain dietary and behavioral changes can prevent future occurrences. One no longer has to suffer from constipation as this is an easily treated condition. Ask your medical practitioner which treatment method is best for you.

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