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When you are backed up, it can be uncomfortable to excruciating. Stay regular by eating fiber, keeping hydrated, and exercising.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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