Experiencing occasional or mild constipation is very common, but chronic constipation can be a sign of a serious problem with your digestive tract. If you have chronic constipation, the physicians at New York Gastroenterology Associates, with Manhattan offices in Midtown East and the Upper East Side, can diagnose the cause and recommend the best treatment to help normalize your bowel movements. Call New York Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Constipation refers to having extremely infrequent bowel movements or having difficulty in passing stools. Generally speaking, you’re constipated if you have three or fewer bowel movements within a week, although this can vary from person to person.
While occasional constipation may happen to anyone, chronic constipation can interfere with your daily life, and the excessive strain it causes can lead to multiple complications.
If you’re wondering if you fit the description for constipation, consider the following:
If you’re experiencing two or more of these symptoms for a week, you have constipation. Once it’s lasted longer than three months, you’re experiencing chronic constipation.
Constipation can be a sign of a variety of problems in your digestive tract, but it can also be triggered by behavior or dietary changes. Common causes of constipation include:
Constipation can also be caused by blockages in your rectum due to things like anal fissures, colon cancer, or bowel obstruction.
Occasional and mild constipation can be treated effectively by eating more fiber and staying hydrated, but for chronic or severe constipation you should schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at New York Gastroenterology Associates to make sure it’s not something more serious.
Depending on the cause, constipation is most often treated with a laxative medication. If your constipation is caused by a blockage in your rectum, a simple surgery may be necessary to remove it, but this is less common.
If you’re suffering from chronic or severe constipation, call New York Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.