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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Arora, MD

When the Going Gets Tough (Constipation)

Constipation is when a person has a hard time going to the bathroom or they don't go as often as they normally do. It can also mean that when they do go, the stool (poop) is hard and difficult to pass.

There are a few risk factors that can make a person more likely to get constipated. Some examples of risk factors include:

  • Not eating enough fiber

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Not getting enough exercise

  • Taking certain medications

  • Having certain medical conditions

If a person is constipated, there are a few things they can do to help themselves feel better. Some things they can try include:

  • Drinking more water

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables

  • Getting more exercise

  • Taking over-the-counter medications like stool softeners or laxatives.

If the constipation persists, it's important to see a doctor who will help diagnose the underlying cause and recommend the appropriate treatment. Prescription medications may also be recommended.

Constipation is a common condition that can usually be treated with simple lifestyle changes. But if it doesn't go away, it's important to see a doctor to find out what is causing the problem and make sure it doesn't lead to any other health problems.

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