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Chronic Constipation Treatment Guide

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Updated April 09, 2014

There are a wide variety of constipation treatments to help ease your chronic symptoms.

The discomforts of chronic constipation can go way beyond having infrequent bowel movements. This motility problem can also lead to bloating, abdominal pain and an increased sensation of intestinal gas. Typically, patients are told to take in more fiber but often that is not enough to do the trick. You may need to take a more comprehensive approach to the problem. Here is your guide to the wide variety of treatment strategies that can help get your system moving in the right direction.

What to Eat?

It makes sense to look at your diet to see if what you are eating is helping or aggravating the problem. It is also important to look at how you are eating. Make sure to eat on a regular basis and have a fairly large morning meal, perhaps with some dietary fat, to take advantage of the body's natural gastrocolic reflex in stimulating intestinal contractions. These articles will help you make food choices that will help aid in the smooth passage of stool:

Self-Care Strategies

No one likes to be a passive victim of an unpleasant circumstance. This holds true for the disruptive discomfort of constipation. Luckily, there are things that you can actively do to help your body return to a state of wellness. Read on to learn some new and improved self-care skills:

Medication Options

Unfortunately, there are only a limited amount of prescription medications that can effectively treat constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C) and chronic constipation. Here is your guide to what is currently available:

Over-the-Counter Products

Over-the-counter (OTC) products offer an alternative to prescription medications. Before trying any remedy, it is important to discuss the issue with your doctor. It is also important to be as informed as you can about the product's effectiveness and possible side effects. The following articles provide an overview of some OTCs thought to ease constipation:

Managing Daily Life

Unlike other medical problems, constipation by its very nature does not lend itself readily to social support. Thus, it can be disheartening to try to live, work and socialize with a problem that you feel you can't talk about. You no longer need to try to figure it all out on your own. These articles will offer tips for handling ordinary situations:

Therapy Options

Dealing with a chronic health problem can be extremely stressful. Unfortunately, stress can contribute to digestive problems. To break through this chicken-and-egg problem, you may want to consider trying psychotherapy. The following two types of therapy have been shown to be effective in easing the symptoms of IBS-C:

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.

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