Tips For Patients

Best Websites For People With Chronic Constipation

13 Jan , 2017  

When dealing with chronic constipation, finding the right treatment and health information is necessary. Constipation can be caused by several factors such as unhealthy food, being non-active, bowel illnesses and medications. Untreated chronic constipation can cause extreme pain, bleeding, and stomach issues. Compiled below are ten of the best websites to find information and treatment when dealing with chronic constipation.

1.) http://www.aboutconstipation.org/

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, is one of the leading researchers in treatment for Chronic Constipation. This site provides information, research, medical contacts, and treatment options for their severe constipation.

2.) http://patients.gi.org/

The American College of Gastroenterology website provides information on finding the best Gastroenterology Physician to treat severe constipation. Physicians are narrowed down by City, State and Zip code to ensure a finding treatment in a specific area.

3.) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, provides acute facts about chronic constipation and provides a clear eating, diet, and nutrition regime for those dealing with constipation and can access this information at no cost.

4.) http://www.aboutyourgut.com/ibs-c-and-chronic-constipation-symptoms.aspx

The About Your Gut website is designed to show people with this constipation the difference between, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and Chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).

5.) http://www.albireopharma.com/

Albireo is a bio-pharmaceutical research company and is one of the leaders in the research of Bile Aces Biology. This research company website provides information on treatment and clinical trials based to help with chronic constipation.

6.) http://rapidmedicalresearch.com/

Rapid Medical Research is a website designed to offer those with Chronic Constipation an opportunity to be in one of their ‘Research Studies’ to cure CIC. Applicants must have a minimum of three bowel movements per week for at least 12 out of 52 continuous weeks.

7.) https://www.patientslikeme.com/

Patients Like Me website provides the ability for people dealing with severe constipation to share and read stories about other with the same constipation illness.

8.) http://www.bupa.co.uk/

At Bupa, provides ‘free health information’ on chronic constipation and also tools such as the Calories Calculator that helps insure that the body is burning the proper amount of calories per day to avoid.

9.) http://www.ibsgroup.org/

The IBS group is a community support group, dedicated to helping those dealing with chronic constipation, connect and help each other.

10.) http://www.gastro.org/

The Gastro website offers daily articles, updates, medical research and free medical convention information regarding the study of Gastroenterology and finding the best treatment.

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What To Look For

How Constipation Is Diagnosed

12 Jul , 2016  

Constipation is never a comfortable or wanted thing. In fact, it can be downright irritating. It can also cause a host of other issues as well as be caused by a host of different variables. Here you’ll learn what the common ways to diagnose constipation are and when this process isn’t warranted.

When medical tests are not warranted

We’ll cover this first simply because you’ll understand why the specific tests are needed. In the scope of a normal person’s life, the need for surgery or medication is rarely needed. Only in extreme cases when there are certain medical conditions the constipated person has.

When medical diagnosis and procedures are warranted for constipation

When a person is constipated and it is chronic, meaning, it may stay and never change. It also means the person resumes their natural rhythm and then it returns constantly. Medical tests may be necessary if there is any pain or other unusual symptoms associated with the constipation.

Medical Testing for Constipation Diagnosis

Examination of the Rectum and Lower Intestine This sounds simple and it is, although a bit uncomfortable. It’s done with a tube that has a light at the very end. It is slipped into the rectum to determine if there are any causes of the constipation.

A colonoscopy would then be ordered if the physician felt it was necessary. This type of examination takes a look at the entire colon. This would be through the anus as well as down the esophagus {the throat}. This gives the physician a picture of more of the colon.

If a more detailed look is necessary, then, a pill with markers would be swallowed. X rays would be taken to show what those markers find. A decision on treatment would be made from there.

There is one more test by where a thick paste like barium would be placed inside the anus by the physician and the patient is asked to move their bowels while being X rayed in special facilities.

The diseases or conditions that cause chronic constipation may be a blockage in the intestines, diet issues, medication that causes constipation, anal muscle malfunction, certain types of paralysis or, a host of other reasons. Each person’s case is unique but these are the most common.

It’s important to be in tune with your body and pay attention to what may be causing the constipation.

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What To Look For

Understanding Constipation In Infants and Children

28 May , 2016  

Constipation in children and infants is a condition characterized by less than two bowel movements in a week or bowel movements with hard, small, and dry stool making it difficult for the child to pass stool. Constipation in infants and children is very common. Approximately 5% of visits to pediatricians are for constipation reasons. Almost 25% of the children and infants who visit gastroenterologists are constipated.

Causes of constipation

Constipation is as a result of prolonged stay of the stool in the child’s colon. Common causes of constipation include the following:

1. Withholding the urge to have a bowel movement

The child ignores the compulsion to have a bowel movement because he/she does not want to break from playing, is scared of the toilet, unpleasant or painful bowel movements due to hard and large poop, or the child is uncomfortable to use public toilets.

2. Early toilet training

When toilet training starts too early, the child may rebel and tend to hold stool.

3. Modifications in the diet

This is common when the child is switching from liquid diets to solid diets. Diets in low fiber also results to constipation.

4. Medicines

Some medications prescribed to a child may lead to constipation. These medicines include:

• Antacids.

• Antidepressants.

• Narcotics.

• Anticholinergic.

5. Functional Gastro-Intestinal (GI) disorders

This happens when something changes the working of a child’s Gastro-Intestinal tract making the muscle in the child’s anus or colon move slowly.

6. Health Issues

Some health conditions make the stool move slowly in a child’s colon, or anus. The health disorders include; Hirsch sprung disease, obstructions in the loser Gastro-Intestinal tract, or tumors in the GI tract.

Dietary home treatments for constipation

It is advisable to try home remedies for the first 24 hours after noting the symptoms before seeking professional assistance. Home remedies include:

• Fruit juice.

• Dark corn syrup.

• Feeding the child with high-fiber foods.

• Considering formulas with iron.

When a child starts constipating immediately after you have started toilet training, stop the training temporarily and wait for a few more months.

If the symptoms persist, medical attention is necessary. Treatment includes dietary changes, behavioral adjustments, and medication.

Dietary changes

The changes include eating more vegetables and fruits daily, eating more foods rich in fiber, and drinking more liquids.

Behavioral adjustments
This includes changing the child’s behavior and patterns for having bowel movements. It may be through encouraging the child to use the toilet after every meal, or even using a reward system when the child uses the toilet regularly.

Medication

Most doctors prescribe an enema or laxatives.

Constipation in children is mild and takes a shorter time. However, it may lead to complications like rectal prolapse, fecal impaction, and anal fissures if not treated immediately.

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