What is constipation?

Constipation is an important symptom defined as a lack of regular bowel movements on an acute or chronic basis. Ideally there should be a bowel movement once vegetable every day, but those who eat a lot of vegetables may often get a second bowel movement. Acute constipation is a condition where there is a sudden change from Cheap Jordans a normal bowel pattern to a one- or two-day delay. Chronic constipation may begin as an acute case that may remain despite taking a high fiber diet.

What are the signs and symptoms of constipation?

Patients with constipation may experience a feeling of bloating (sense of full abdomen) and sharp stinging pains.

How is constipation diagnosed?

The physician will examine with a rectal examination to cheap fake oakleys rule oakley sunglasses sale out lower rectal lesions, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, benign polyps or cancer. Other tests such as a rectosigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or double Barium enema may be used to make a diagnosis.

How is constipation treated?

If no serious disease is found (cancer of the colon or rectum) and no metabolic disease is present that needs treatment, the following steps likely will be recommended:

• Food intake modifications to include many fresh jordans for sale and steamed vegetables, fruits, and cereals containing bran or slow rolled oats. Meat and fat consumption should be decreased.
• Use of enema with lukewarm water.
• Use of bulking agent such as psyllium (brand names: Prodiem Plain, Metamucil, Novo-Mucilax) and bran (Brand names: Kellogg’s All Bran and Post’s bran flakes). These are mild laxatives, which are safe to take every day.
• Use of an osmotic agent. This solution stays in the gut and draws water by osmosis into the colon.
• Use Cheap Jerseys From China of an “emergency break”: Bisacodyl (brand name: Dulcolax) and sennosides (brand names: Ex-lax Sugar Coated Pills and Senokot products)

The key to remember is that laxatives are only occasional emergency breaks that should not be taken daily. When these drugs are taken daily, they stop working after a few weeks because the body gets used to the medication.

As most pain relievers are constipating, they are useless for pain associated with constipation. However, there is an FDA-approved non-drug method available, IceWave patches from Lifewave, which will control pain.

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