Constipation is a common gastrointestinal condition that affects millions of people each year. It is characterized by fewer than three stools a week, hard, dry or lumpy stools, stools that are difficult or painful to evacuate, and a feeling that not all the stools have been removed. If you experience two or more of these symptoms in the past three months, it can be considered chronic constipation. It is important to note that if you experience severe pain in any way, you should call 911 right away.
Otherwise, if you are familiar with any of the signs listed above, it is important to make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. At Dr. Ewelukwa's office, our goal is to identify the root cause of your constipation. We understand that for some people, constipation is only a short-term issue, but for others it can be a long-term (chronic) condition that causes significant pain and discomfort and affects quality of life.
It is important to never ignore the urge to go to the bathroom, as this can significantly increase your chances of having constipation. However, if you have chronic constipation or certain warning signs, your condition may require medical intervention or even an emergency situation that requires attention.