Constipation can strike every now and then and usually resolves on its own, but if it’s chronic, you may need intervention from the specialists at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County. The team of expert gastroenterologists at offices in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Tustin, and Foothill Ranch, California, evaluates your condition to be sure your constipation isn’t a sign of an underlying problem. The doctors can also offer you quick relief from constipation to relieve your discomfort. Call today for an appointment or use the online booking tool.
Bowel habits vary from person to person. It’s normal to have a bowel movement as few as three times a week or as frequent as three times per day. Consistency is what’s key. If your frequency stays generally the same, that’s a normal bowel pattern for you.
Many people believe you should have a bowel movement every day to be healthy. This isn’t true, but it is true that if stool stays in the large intestine too long, it can harden and become more difficult to pass.
Constipation is characterized by difficulty passing stools. You may also experience:
If two or more of these symptoms persist for three months or longer, you have chronic constipation.
Constipation can result from a number of colon and rectal conditions. Issues such as a rectocele, diverticulitis, celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease may be to blame.
Constipation can also be caused by:
Constipation can also result if you have a narrowed colon due to tumors, scar tissue, polyps, or inflammation, as these problems may prevent stool movement by narrowing the intestine.
When constipation lasts longer than a few days, schedule an exam with the doctors at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County. You need immediate medical care if you have constipation together with any of the following symptoms.
These symptoms may indicate a serious condition in your digestive tract.
The doctors develop a personalized treatment based on the severity of your constipation and the underlying cause. The immediate discomfort of constipation can be reduced with:
If these more conservative treatments aren’t helpful, the doctors may offer prescription medications to help resolve constipation.
If you have chronic constipation, call Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County or schedule an appointment online today.