Everyone has experienced constipation at least once. Such cases most often occur during the holidays, when we eat, without paying attention to the quality or quantity of food.
Thus, the post-Christmas time often becomes difficult – it is not only difficult to work but also to do more pleasant things. Why is this happening? How to solve the problem?
Constipation is characterized by too rare, severe or insufficient bowel movements. What does rare mean? At least 3 times a week, insufficient – where it seems necessary to return to the toilet again. Severe bowel movements – if you have to spend more time in the toilet than usual.
- Inadequate nutrition, too little dietary plant fiber;
- Too little liquid is used;
- Insufficient physical activity;
- “Lazy” bowel function, tendency to delay bowel emptying;
- Psychological peculiarities;
- Constipation is more common in
- Intravenous people;
colon diseases (intestinal sensitivity syndrome, diverticulitis, tumor);
- Endocrine diseases (diabetes,
- Hypothyroidism, amyloidosis);
- Diseases of the central nervous system (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke);
- Mental illness (schizophrenia, depression);
- Medicines used (tricyclical depressants, calcium channel blockers).
Prolonged delayed bowel movements are the main and most pronounced symptom of constipation. However, this delay does not always mean constipation.
Delayed bowel movements can also occur after eating a lot of fatty foods. In such cases, the intestinal tract will recover on its own.
Also, people who, because of their lifestyle and eating habits, have only three or four bowels a week should not worry.
Constipation is also accompanied by other symptoms that must be paid attention to. These are: bloating and a feeling of heaviness.
Constipation is often, but not always, accompanied by nausea, loss of appetite, a burning sensation in the stomach and abdominal pain, which subsides after the gas has passed.
In case of chronic constipation, intoxication of the body occurs, which leads to increased fatigue and irritability, deterioration of general well-being, disturbance of sleep and headache.
Constipation occurs in about a third of pregnant women. They are accompanied by a feeling that the intestines are not completely emptied and pain in the left side of the abdomen.
We should treat constipation during pregnancy, as it can have a negative effect on pregnancy and fetal development.
Where constipation occurs in children, the cause of the constipation should be determined before treatment with the drug. Improper medication or over-intensive treatment can hurt a growing body.
Before Treating Constipation
Before starting treatment for constipation, it is very important to understand why it occurred. Constipation is most often caused by a person’s lifestyle: incorrectly chosen food, irrationally planned or irregular meals.
True, this type of constipation is relatively easy to prevent – all that remains is to make adjustments to eating habits. It is much more difficult to deal with constipation caused by digestive system dysfunction or intestinal tactile dysfunction.
Where constipation is not caused by eating habits, long-term and systematic treatment is needed to prevent its cause and reduce the symptoms.
There are over 10 different constipation types, the treatment of which depends on their causes. For example, constipation caused by a poor diet is called dietary constipation.
Aspects can also cause constipation such as unwillingness to settle in unhygienic places or shyness (usually seen in children), haste, irregular circadian rhythms and travel.
Disorders of intestinal motility and diseases of the digestive tract can also cause constipation. There are several diseases that can cause constipation, including tumors.
Constipation can also be caused by the use of certain medications, so it is recommended that everyone carefully read the side effects before taking any medication. Remember that finding the cause of constipation is much easier to fix.
Constipation is very often treated with diet and mechanical treatments. However, they do not always help to treat long-term constipation. In such cases, it may require treatment with medication.
You should always consult your doctor before taking this medicine: “Self-medication in this case can have several negative consequences, including addiction to the medicine in question, which makes it impossible to empty the intestinal tract later without these products.”
Doctors choose different medications for different constipation types – there are cases when the doctor will recommend diarrhea agents, but in other cases, such as if the constipation is because of endocrine (secretion of the body) or neurogenic diseases, diarrhea agents will only do harm. Also, these products should not be used in cases of inflammation or tumors.
There are constipations, to treat which it is necessary to seek the advice of a psychologist. Sometimes, your doctor may also prescribe therapeutic exercises.
We should remember it that you should consult a doctor before starting treatment for constipation. The only exception is changes in eating habits – regular and balanced meals can not do any harm to the body.
Often, to treat constipation, doctors recommend not only traditional but also some alternative medicine methods, such as:
- treatment in a sanatorium or spa;
- or even treatment with medical leeches (hirudotherapy).
They also apply these treatments depending on the causes of constipation.
We use various physiotherapy methods where the patient has chronic bowel disease, provocative constipation, neurogenic constipation, smooth muscle dysfunction caused by the problem, or organic bowel damage.
Electro-pulse therapy or induction thermotherapy (a method that uses a high-frequency magnetic field that generates heat in the tissues) is usually used to treat constipation.
Treatment at the resort usually improves overall health, so we recommend it for people suffering from chronic constipation. Acute therapy is also often used for chronic constipation.
The least commonly used method of treatment is hirudo therapy. We commonly use it in cases of prolonged constipation caused by hemorrhoids and venous reflux disorders in the abdominal wall and small pelvis.
Careful With Folk Remedies
These products are also often recommended by doctors, as teas and other products are gentler and more effective than medicines.
Before turning to folk methods, we recommend it to consult a specialist – some products may also experience unpleasant side effects.
Medicinal herbs can have the same effect as medicines, so the prescribed dosage and duration of use recommended by a specialist must be strictly adhered to when using them.
If any plants do not help, we should change the method. It is important to consult a specialist to prolong the course of treatment with herbs.
Many folk recipes for constipation recommend the use of crust bark. These medicines can cause side effects such as abdominal pain and diarrhea.
It is recommended to use products that use ancient leaves only if nothing else helps, because their infusion creates a habit. Rowanberry infusion is relatively harmless.