Constipation in Louisiana

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Constipation is a gastrointestinal symptom that is usually characterized by passing less than three bowel movements over a week. It occurs when the stool in the digestive tract is too hard and dry. This waste will become dry if it moves too slowly through the digestive system or stays in the large bowel for an extended time. If you have less than three bowel movements over the course of one week, we encourage you to consult a gastroenterologist at GastroGroup & Endocenter. For additional information, call our gastroenterology location in Louisiana today to request a consultation.

There are various reasons why stool could move slower than usual through your colon. Common causes of constipation involve:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • A bowel obstruction
  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
  • Anal fissure
  • Cancer of the rectum
  • Nerve damage around the rectum or colon

Incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle can help alleviate constipation. Good lifestyle habits to help you prevent constipation are:

  • Drinking more water
  • Eating more dietary fiber
  • Avoiding dairy
  • Taking prebiotics and probiotics
  • Getting regular exercise

Certain nonprescription medications can be a helpful solution, however, we recommend talking with one of our Louisiana gastrointestinal specialists since constipation can sometimes signal a more concerning condition.

When you are seeking to add foods that are high in fiber to your diet, the foods listed below may be beneficial:

  • Cooked zucchini, cooked black-eyed peas
  • Whole-grain cereal, cold All-Bran, Total Bran Flakes, hot oatmeal
  • Peaches, raspberries, apples, tangerines
  • Lima beans, kidney beans
  • Seven-grain bread, whole-wheat bread, Wheatena®
  • Acorn squash, raw broccoli, raw brussels sprouts, raw cabbage, raw carrots, raw cauliflower, raw spinach

To learn more about altering your dietary habits, reach out to GastroGroup & Endocenter to connect with one of our licensed dietitians.

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It is not unusual to have constipation at some in life. However, persistent constipation might be a symptom of something far more serious. If you have been dealing with constipation on an ongoing basis, we urge you to visit a gastrointestinal specialist at your earliest convenience. The gastroenterologists at GastroGroup & Endocenter can assist with identifying, treating, and helping to manage digestive conditions. 

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