Symptoms of chronic constipation

Check the symptoms

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, you may have chronic constipation if you've experienced some combination of the following symptoms for 3 months or more in the last year:

  • Fewer than 3 bowel movements a week
  • Difficulty passing stools
  • Straining
  • Hard or lumpy stools
  • Abdominal discomfort and bloating
  • Feeling like your bowel is never completely empty
  • Feeling like there is something blocking your bowel
  • Manual maneuvering to stimulate the bowel

It's important to discuss all your symptoms with your healthcare provider.

If you suffer from chronic constipation, you could find yourself planning your days around the bathroom.

Identifying a key symptom

The Bristol Stool Scale was developed at the University of Bristol, UK. It's a measure of stool consistency or form. It can be useful in helping you and your doctor measure patterns or changes. Check it out.

Bristol Stool Form Scale

Bristol stool form scale

If you think you have chronic constipation, you're not alone

Millions of adults in the United States have chronic constipation. Both men and women suffer from it. But chronic constipation is 2 times more common in women. More people tend to become affected by it as they get older. It's important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and for a diagnosis.

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