It refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume of stool, the need to strain, a sense of incomplete evacuation/the need for laxatives/suppositories/ enemas in order to maintain regular bowels.
When a person passes less than three bowel movements in a week or has difficult/infrequent bowel movements that may persists for several weeks or longer, then all these collective signs and symptoms shows that he/she is suffering from constipation or chronic constipation.
According to Ayurveda
the following are the general types of imbalances at the source of most chronic conditions which leads to constipation.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION - it mainly includes blood pressure ,temperature and heart rate checkups and abdomen sound to be listen by stethoscope, abdomen checkups for swelling, tenderness or pain, masses, or lumps.Rectal exam is also examine by Doctor.
Q.1) How common is constipation?
Ans.- Constipation is a symptom rather than a disease, in which bowel movements occur 3/fewer times in a week. It is the one of the most common digestive complaints in various developed and developing countries.
Q.2) Which drugs are responsible for constipation?
Ans.- There are several medications like opioid pain relievers like Morphine, Codeine, anticholinergic drugs like atropine, antispasmodics like dicyclomine, tricyclic antidepressants , etc. Apart from these all kinds of drug, inactive physical activities and lifestyle are also responsible for constipation.
Q.3) Is there any Ayurveda treatment for constipation? If yes, then how it deals?
Ans.- Yes, Ayurveda do have treatment which mainly includes Panchakarma treatment and procedures like abhyanga, varti, niruha, anuvasana, virechana,etc, and recommended classical and proprietary formulations ayurveda medications in it.
Q.4) When constipation becomes more severe?
Ans.- It seems that when constipation lasts for more than two weeks with severe signs and symptoms like bowel habits changing, obstruction, Inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer etc. Then it is considered severe.
Q.5) Why constipation becomes more severe in old age?
Ans.- As a person grew older, his lifestyle and daily physical exercise and routine becomes less active. Some people in old age take lots of blood pressure medications, avoid drinking more water, diverticular diseases, GERD, etc causes can cause severe constipation in them.
Q.6) What causes Constipation during pregnancy?
Ans.- During pregnancy, an increase in the levels of progesterone hormones occurs that causes the muscles of your body, including the intestinal muscles to relax and slow down. With the slowing down of the muscles, the process of digestion in the pregnant woman’s body too slow down.
Q.7) How laxatives relieve constipation?
Ans.- Laxatives contain chemicals that help increase stool motility, bulk, and frequency - thus relieving temporary constipation. But overdose and misuse of laxatives can cause severe problems and chronic constipation. It’s better to consult doctor first before taking any laxatives.
Q.8) What are the complications of constipation?
Ans.- Most common complication include discomfort and irritation that can lead to hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, fecal impaction.
Q.9) How changing diet helps to relief from constipation?
Ans.- Your diet mainly include good sources of fiber, it softens stool, making it easier to pass. Good sources of fiber include whole-grain bread - cereals- fruits-vegetables- beans. With fiber source food, your diet must include plenty of fluids and water in it.
Q.10) How irritable bowel syndrome related with constipation?
Ans.- IBS ( Irritable bowel syndrome) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Constipation is one of the severe symptom of IBS. It is commonly known as IBS-C ( IBS- Constipation) that causes frequent bloating, abdominal pain, and infrequent stools that are hard to pass.
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