Constipation in Tulsa, OK
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What is constipation?
A gastrointestinal symptom, constipation is generally described as experiencing fewer than three bowel movements throughout the course of a week. This issue arises when the stool is too hard and dry to pass. Your stool can become dry if it moves too slowly through the GI tract or remains in the large bowel for too long. If you experience less than three bowel movements over the course of one week, it may be time to consult a GI specialist at Adult Gastroenterology Associates. Reach out to your nearest location in Tulsa, OK today to request a consultation.
What causes constipation?
There could be multiple causes for why your stool passes slower than normal through your gastrointestinal tract. Some causes for constipation include:
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Damaged nerves around the colon or rectum
- Rectal cancer
- Anal fissure
- Colon cancer
- A bowel blockage
- Narrowing of the colon
How can I relieve constipation?
Adding healthy habits to your lifestyle can help alleviate constipation. Healthy habits to adopt to help you avoid constipation include:
- Avoiding dairy
- Regular exercise
- Eating more dietary fiber
- Drinking more water
- Taking prebiotics and probiotics
Some over-the-counter medications can be used to relieve constipation. However, we advise consulting with one of our Tulsa, OK gastroenterologists first because constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more concerning issue.
What foods are high in fiber?
Our GI specialists could recommend increasing your fiber intake to help alleviate constipation. If you are needing to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, the following foods may be helpful:
- Cooked zucchini, cooked black-eyed peas
- Apples, tangerines, peaches, raspberries
- Kidney beans, lima beans
- Acorn squash, raw spinach, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, raw cabbage, raw broccoli, raw Brussels sprouts
- Whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal, cold All-Bran, Total Bran Flakes
- Whole-wheat bread, seven-grain bread, Wheatena®
If you want more information on ways to improve your diet to alleviate constipation, contact your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation.
Seek help for constipation
Most people experience constipation at some point in their lives. However, chronic constipation can be a sign of something more concerning. If constipation has been occurring more frequently, please request a consultation with a GI provider. Along with being able to diagnose and help manage digestive health conditions, the gastroenterologists at Adult Gastroenterology Associates can test and screen for any, more concerning issues. To get help for constipation in Tulsa, OK, please contact your nearest location today.
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