4 Types of Constipation - Which one are you and how worried should you be?

 

Everyone has experienced some sort of constipation. In most cases, they they can be easily treated and harmless. However, in some cases, constipation may be dangerous. 

 

Temporary Acute Constipation

Temporary Acute Constipation happens to many people usually after sickness, change of diet or when travelling. There is usually nothing to worry about in this case. Once the hard stools pass out from our body, we will feel relieved. There are also no long term side effects in this case. 

 

Chronic Curable Constipation

Chronic Curable Constipation affects about 10% of people in the world. Symptoms include infrequent bowel movement, passing hard stools, constant straining and a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Treatments include, exercise, fibre diet, stimulant laxatives and change in lifestyle habits.

 

Chronic Incurable Constipation

Chronic Incurable Constipation occurs when the colon is damaged from various reasons like nerve problems, overuse of stimulant laxatives and severe infection. Solution includes long-term manual evacuation, enemas or surgery. 

 

Dangerous Constipation

Dangerous Constipation occurs to people with bowel obstruction. It happens when intestines stick together after surgery or when one is diagnosed with cancer. It may cause vomiting, abdominal pain and swelling. It is important to seek medical help immediately as bowel obstruction may cause severe swelling. In cases of cancer, treatment is usually by surgery. 

 

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