Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States. You aren't alone.
More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, most commonly women and adults 65 and older.
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon's muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. Common causes of constipation include:
- lack of fiber or fluids in diet
- lack of physical activity
- irritable bowel syndrome
- changes in life or routine, such as pregnancy, aging and travel
- abuse of laxatives
- ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke
- problems with the colon and rectum
- problems with intestinal function
If you are experiencing frequent or prolonged constipation, it's important to talk to your doctor about it. Along with a physical exam, tests can pinpoint the cause of your constipation and your best treatment options.
Treatments may vary from dietary and lifestyle changes, to medication or surgery.
The physicians at the Constipation Clinic at North Colorado Medical Center specialize in gastroenterology and the treatment options that may be right for you.
Call (970) 378-4475 or 1 (800) 557-0505 for an appointment.