The constipation Defines as an infrequent passage of hard stools.
Complications of constipation
- Anal fissure
- Rectal prolapse
- Fecal impaction
- Colonic volvulus
- Colonic perforations
- Fecal incontinence
- Urinary retention
Can constipation cause internal damage or lead to other health problems?
There are a few complications that could happen if you don’t have soft, regular bowel movements. Some complications include:
- Swollen, inflamed veins in your rectum (a condition called hemorrhoids).
- Tears in the lining of your anus from hardened stool also trying to pass through (called anal fissures).
- An infection in pouches that sometimes form off the colon wall from stool that also has become trapped and infected.
- A pile-up of too much stool/poop in the rectum and also anus (a condition called fecal impaction).
- Damage to your pelvic floor muscles from straining to move your bowels. These muscles also help control your bladder. Too much straining for too long a period of time may also cause urine to leak from the bladder (a condition called stress urinary incontinence).
Does not having regular bowel movements cause toxins to build up in my body and make me sick?
Don’t worry, this usually isn’t the case. Although your colon holds on to stool longer when you are constipated and you may feel uncomfortable, the colon is an expandable container for your waste. There is also possibly a slight risk of a bacterial infection if waste gets into an existing wound in the colon or rectum.
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION
- Lack of fiber and liquid
- Colonic carcinoma
- Benign strictures
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
- Hirschsprung’s disease
- Anorectal disease
- Calcium antagonists
- Iron supplements
- Multiple sclerosis
Factors that may increase your risk of chronic constipation include:
- Being an older adult
- Also Being dehydrated
- Eating a diet that’s low in fiber
- Getting little or no physical activity
- Taking certain medications, Such as sedatives, opioid pain medications, some antidepressants or medications to lower blood pressure
- Having a mental health condition such as depression or an eating disorder
What are the symptoms of constipation?
Symptoms of constipation include:
- You have fewer than three bowel movements a week.
- Your stools are dry, hard and also lumpy.
- Your stools are also difficult or painful to pass.
- stomach ache or cramps.
- You feel bloated and also nauseous.
- You also feel that you haven’t completely emptied your bowels after a movement.
- High fiber diet
- Fiber supplements such as Ispaghula husk
- Barn powder
- Laxatives and also enemas.