Constipation in Texas
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What is constipation?
A gastrointestinal symptom, constipation is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week. It occurs when the stool becomes too dry and hard. Stool might become dry if it passes too slowly through the gastrointestinal system or stays in the large bowel for longer than normal. Should you experience fewer than three bowel movements over the course of one week, we encourage you to visit a gastrointestinal specialist at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. Reach out to our gastroenterology team to request a consultation at your nearest Texas location today.
What are the causes of constipation?
There might be factors behind why stool would move slower than normal through your large intestine. Some causes of constipation include:
- Nerve damage around the rectum or colon
- Colorectal cancer
- A bowel blockage
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Rectal cancer
- Colon stricture
- Anal fissure
Are there ways to relieve constipation?
Adopting healthy habits into your lifestyle can help alleviate problems with constipation. Several healthy habits to incorporate into your daily life to help you minimize the chance of constipation involve:
- Drinking more water
- Avoiding dairy
- Taking prebiotics and probiotics
- Consuming more dietary fiber
- Regular exercise
Some over-the-counter medications are a helpful solution to constipation, however, we advise consulting with one of our Texas providers first since constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more concerning condition.
What foods are high in fiber?
When you are needing to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, the foods listed below could be helpful:
- Cooked zucchini
- Cooked black-eyed peas
- Kidney beans, lima beans
- Whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal, cold All-Bran, Total Bran Flakes
- Acorn squash, raw broccoli, raw Brussels sprouts, raw cabbage, raw carrots, raw cauliflower, raw spinach
- Wheatena®, seven-grain bread, whole-wheat bread
- Apples, peaches, raspberries, tangerines
For more in-depth information about altering your dietary habits, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation with one of our licensed dietitians in Texas.
The majority of people deal with constipation at some point during their lives. However, persistent constipation could be indicative of something far more serious. If you have been dealing with constipation more frequently, we urge you to meet with a GI provider as soon as you can. In addition to being able to diagnose and help manage digestive conditions, the GI experts at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants can screen for more concerning issues. To get help for constipation in Texas, please request a consultation at your nearest location today.
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This Dr. actually listens to her patient. Colonoscopy was scheduled and performed quickly. Next we conquer Constipation!
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