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Constipation: Causes, Symptoms and More

Dr. Nilesh Dehariya, Senior Laser Proctologist
Dr. Nilesh Dehariya
Senior Laser Proctologist in Indore

Constipation is a common condition that refers to difficulty or infrequency in passing stools. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  1. Diet: A diet low in fiber or high in processed foods can cause constipation. Fiber helps to keep stool soft and bulky, making it easier to pass through the digestive system.
  2. Dehydration: Not drinking enough water or fluids can cause constipation. When there is not enough water in the body, stool can become hard and difficult to pass.
  3. Lack of Physical Activity: Physical inactivity can lead to sluggishness in the digestive system, which can cause constipation.
  4. Medications: Certain medications, such as opioids, antacids, and iron supplements, can cause constipation as a side effect.
  5. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can cause constipation.
    The symptoms of constipation can include:
    Infrequent bowel movements (less than three times a week)
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass
  • Feeling bloated or uncomfortable
  • Abdominal pain or cramping

In most cases, constipation can be treated with lifestyle changes such as eating a high-fiber diet, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly. In some cases, laxatives or stool softeners may be recommended. It’s important to talk to a piles specialist in Indore, if you experience persistent or severe constipation or if constipation is accompanied by other symptoms, such as rectal bleeding or abdominal pain.