Am I constipated?

Normal stool frequency varies from 3 times per day to 3 times per week. So, if you have not passed a stool in the last 48 to 72 hours than you should define yourself constipated. Also if the stools are very hard, difficult to pass or you feel that your bowel is still full after a bowel movement then you can also consider yourself constipated. There are many causes of constipation and the reason for chronic constipation should be investigated by your doctor. This advice is therefore specifically developed for people with IBS or IBD.   

Constipation can be dangerous to your health!

Strain from chronic constipation can cause stretching and damage to the colon which can lead to the development of diverticular disease. Long term constipation can lead to intestinal obstruction which can be a serious condition requiring medical attention, and maybe even surgery. Many people who suffer constipation also suffer with haemorrhoids. In IBD constipation makes inflammation in your bowel even worse.

Constipation is often associated with IBS but can also occur in IBD

Stools are the waste products from the body that contains the toxins and by-products of natural body processes. Chronic constipation creates situation where the body begins to literally poison itself by re-absorbing these toxins from the waste. This is why constipation is often accompanied decreased appetite, tiredness, headache and suppressed mood. Chronic constipation is also one of the major risk factors in the development of colon cancer.

© Jonathan Wade 2014