Constipation in San Antonio, TX
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What is constipation?
A gastrointestinal symptom, constipation is generally described as passing fewer than three bowel movements over one week. It occurs when the stool in the GI tract is too hard and dry, making it difficult to pass from your rectum. Your stool will become dry if it migrates too slowly through the digestive tract or stays in the large bowel for an extended amount of time. Should you have any difficulty passing more than three bowel movements over the course of a week, it may be time to meet with a GI specialist at your nearest San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location. Call one of our San Antonio, TX locations today to request a consultation.
What causes constipation?
There can be a few reasons why stool might migrate slower than usual through the GI tract. Common reasons for constipation are as follows:
- Colorectal cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Anal fissure
- Narrowing of the colon
- A bowel blockage
- Damaged nerves around the colon or rectum
Are there ways to relieve constipation?
Following healthy habits in your lifestyle can help address instances of constipation. Good habits to adopt to help minimize the chance of constipation are:
- Eating more dietary fiber
- Drinking more water
- Avoiding dairy
- Taking probiotics and prebiotics
- Getting regular exercise
Certain over-the-counter medications can be a good solution to constipation, although we advise consulting with one of our San Antonio, TX specialists first as constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition.
What foods are high in fiber?
If you are needing to add foods that are high in fiber to your diet, the following might offer some benefits:
- Acorn squash, raw broccoli, raw Brussels sprouts, raw cabbage, raw carrots, raw cauliflower, raw spinach
- Kidney beans, lima beans
- Cooked zucchini, cooked black-eyed peas
- Raspberries, peaches, tangerines, apples
- Wheatena®, whole-wheat bread, seven-grain bread
- Cold All-Bran®, Total™ bran flakes, whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal
For additional details on improving your eating habits, reach out to San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates to consult with a licensed dietitian.
Should I see a gastroenterologist about constipation?
It is not unusual to experience constipation at some point throughout life; however, persistent constipation may be a symptom of a more concerning health issue. If constipation has been occurring more frequently, we encourage you to visit a gastroenterologist at your earliest convenience. Along with being able to diagnose, treat, and help manage digestive health conditions, the GI team at San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates can test for any concerning issues. To receive relief from constipation in San Antonio, TX, please get in touch with one of our locations today.
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