Patients who present with the symptom of constipation may experience it in a number of ways:
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Having to strain to produce a bowel movement
- A decrease in stool volume or weight
- A sense of incomplete bowel evacuation
- Having to use enemas, suppositories or laxatives in order to produce regular bowel movements
Bowel habits are impacted by a variety of factors, including: diet, fluid intake, exercise, sedentary lifestyle habits, travel, pregnancy, and medications. Many patients find relief from constipation by adjusting their diet to include more fiber or increasing their level of physical activity. Although brief periods of constipation are normal, chronic bouts of constipation (defined as fewer than 3 bowel movements per week for an extended period of time) can indicate a more serious problem, and should be discussed with your physician, as they can be a sign of scleroderma, Parkinson’s disease, or growths in the colon.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.