So You Haven't Pooped In...A While. Now What?

Constipation, Colorectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Pain Management, Ibs

Let's talk constipation.

Constipation, Colorectal Cancer

2/16/2020

Let's talk constipation.

Let's talk constipation.

). “Many people neglect their body’s call to defecate, and that can lead to constipation, especially if the call is ignored again and again over time,” Dr. Staller says. With that said, here’s when to see a doctor for constipation. You shouldn’t hesitate to seek medical care any time you’re concerned, but doctors say there are certain times when constipation definitely requires a professional’s input. The following are signs you’re dealing with chronic constipation or otherwise severe constipation: 1. You’ve been outside your range of normal for over a week. “Normal” poop schedules vary by person. For some people it’s going every day, for others it’s every three days, and some are in between, Dr. Bedford says. If you normally go pretty frequently and suddenly haven’t gone for longer than a week, it’s time to call your doctor, says Dr. Staller. This could be a sign of something like fecal impaction, which happens when hardened poop accumulates and gets stuck in your intestines, and which a medical provider . 2. You’re in pain. Constipation can cause pain because the poop builds up in your colon and stretches it, Dr. Lee says. That’s not something you should have to live with. Even if you’ve only been backed up for a few days, pain with constipation that won’t go away is definitely a reason to call your doctor, says Dr. Lee. They may be able to recommend something like a laxative that makes it easier to go. 3. There’s blood on your toilet paper. If you strain to go and notice some blood on your TP, it could be due to a small tear in your anus, known as an anal fissure, or hemorrhoids, which are inflamed veins in or around your anus. It could even just be because you wiped too hard. But in rare cases, seeing Read more: SELF

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