What other symptoms might occur with constipation?
Constipation may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms frequently affect the digestive tract but may also affect other body systems.
Digestive symptoms that may occur with constipation
Constipation may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:
Abdominal cramping or pain
Abdominal swelling, bloating or distention
Change in bowel habits
Full bowel sensation
Leaking of small amounts of liquid stool without having a full bowel movement
Rectal pain or burning
Straining during bowel movement
Other symptoms that may occur with constipation
Constipation may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:
Stress or anxiety
Unexplained weight loss
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, constipation may occur with symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:
Bloody, black or tarry stool
Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
Major rectal bleeding
Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or rapid breathing (tachypnea)
Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
Rigid, board-like abdomen
Severe abdominal pain
Weakness (loss of strength)
Yellow skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
What is constipation?
Constipation is an abnormal condition in which bowel movements occur
less frequently than what is usual for you. One-fourth or more of these
bowel movements are accompanied with straining. Every person has
differences in their normal, regular pattern of bowel movements, but
constipation can be loosely defined as having fewer than three bowel
movements per week.
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What causes constipation?
Normally, the colon absorbs excessive water from food during digestion. When food moves too slowly, the colon absorbs too much water, resulting in hard, dry stool and constipation.
In young children, constipation can result from being afraid or unwilling to use the restroom, or delaying a bowel movement when the urge is felt, which can also occur in adults. Other conditions that a... Read more about constipationcauses