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In common terms, the term constipation is used to denote a condition when a person suffers from inadequate bowel movement. Medical science specifically defines constipation as the condition of having a bowel movement less than thrice a week. A state of constipation is marked by hard and dry stool that is smaller in size and takes effort to be eliminated. People suffering from constipation often have a painful experience in having bowel movement. Many people feel they are suffering from constipation in case they do not have a clear bowel movement every day. However that is not the case. Studies show that a normal person can have three bowel movements in a single day or the same number in a whole week. It all depends on the person.

Why does it happen?

Constipation is only a symptom and not a disease in itself. Poor diet is the principal cause for constipation. Lack of enough fiber in the food we intake often leads to insufficient bowel movements. Other common reasons are medication, lack of physical movement, irritable bowel syndrome, dehydration, diseases like diabetes, stroke or abnormalities in colon and rectum, change in life routine like pregnancy,

Taking Care

In most cases, constipation is only a temporary affair and nothing to be seriously worried about. However, if it continues for a long time, constipation can really take a serious proportion. Hemorrhoids and anal fissures are two very common problems that are caused due to long persistent constipation. Hence, proper care needs to be taken to do away with this problem. Proper (fiber rich) diet pattern with a plenty of fluid intake, followed by regular physical workouts is a pre-requisite for fighting constipation. For temporary relief there are a variety of laxatives available in the medical stores. But stimulant laxatives should preferably be avoided. In some cases, people who have experienced severe spinal injuries may have totally lost control over bowel movement. Need may be there to physically remove impacted stool. Such cases however are rare and instances from the


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