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What is constipation disease?

Difficulty passing stool. Constipation can also refer to a decrease in stool quantity (e.g. passing stool every day but only small amounts). It can be caused by a variety of things, including dietary habits, mobility, illnesses and medications.

Symptoms of constipation disease

  • Constipation

  • Stomach feels bloated

Questions your doctor may ask to check for constipation disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose constipation disease

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

Treatment for constipation disease

Treatment depends on the cause and severity. Mild cases can be managed with lifestyle changes like increasing water intake, high-fiber foods and physical activity. Laxatives and enemas can also be used. Constipation caused by a blockage or tumor may require surgery.

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