Constipation

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (GP / Family doctor)

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  • Slow bowel movements

  • Feeling of incomplete bowel emptying

  • Recent stool was hard and small

  • Find it hard to poop

  • I want to poop but don't come out

  • Recent stool was like a pellet.

  • Hard and dry stool

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week, hard, dry, or lumpy stools, stools that are difficult or unpleasant to pass, or a feeling that not all stool has passed.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Family history of colorectal cancer

  • Edema

  • Abdominal pain

  • Decrease in stool caliber

Possible causes

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

  • Do you often have the urge to pass motion but are unable to do so?

  • Are your stools hard and shaped like pellets? (like that of a rabbit)

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is there blood in your stool?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

References

  • Constipation

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/constipation/

Reviewed By:

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Unnati Patel

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (GP / Family doctor)

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