Chronic Constipation Disease

chronic constipation disease

There are many potential causes of chronic constipation that many people are not aware of. Here is a list of common causes (and some not so common causes) of chronic constipation.

Lifestyle and Diet

The most common causes of constipation are a poor diet and lack of physical activity. Involved factors include:

  • a diet heavy in processed foods (because they are high in fat and sugar)
  • a diet heavy in meat and dairy products
  • a diet lacking in high-fiber foods
  • too much alcohol or caffeine
  • not drinking enough water and other fluids
  • ignoring when you need to use the bathroom
  • a lack of exercise

Here are some lifestyle changes that, if incorporated, may help you to eliminate your constipation:

  • eat more high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • take a fiber supplement with a tall glass of water each day (increases fiber and water/fluid intake)
  • do some form of physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day; even going for a simple walk can be enough
  • go to the bathroom as soon as you feel you have to
  • try to avoid alcohol and caffeine

Underlying Conditions

If lifestyle and diet changes aren’t helping, it may be time to visit a doctor.

In some cases (but not all), chronic constipation may be a result of:

  • hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • diabetes
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • pregnancy
  • hypercalcemia (too much calcium in your bloodstream)
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • bowel obstruction
  • bowel cancel
  • spinal cord injury
  • stroke

Medications

Sometimes, medications can be the cause of chronic constipation. Here is a list of medications that may cause constipation:

  • opiate painkillers (including codeine, morphine)
  • calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure and heart disease
  • anticholinergic agents for treating muscle spasms
  • drugs for treating epilepsy
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • drugs for treating Parkinson’s disease
  • diuretics, used for helping kidneys remove fluid from the blood
  • antacids for dealing with stomach acids, especially those high in calcium
  • calcium supplements
  • iron supplements for treating anemia
  • antidiarrheal agents

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Posted on April 26, 2018