Constipation is when you have less than three bowel movements a week or if it’s incredibly hard to push stool out when you go to the bathroom. There are many causes, including a poor diet, immobility, a side effect of medication, or another underlying medical condition.
It’s common to have constipation after surgery. Especially after having anesthesia and taking pain meds. To prevent and treat it, be active, drink lots of water, and follow these other tips.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic disorder of the gut (primarily the intestines) that causes abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhea, or both. There is no cure for IBS, but there are many treatments to reduce symptoms.
Chronic constipation affects almost 15% of all adults and 30% of those over age 60. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for long-term constipation.