What is Constipation?
Constipation, while also a digestive problem like indigestion, is very different. When a person suffers from constipation, it means that they are having a hard time passing stool.
This is because their stools tend to be very hard, so it does not pass as easily compared to softer stools. For people who have chronic constipation, passing stool might even be very painful or lead to problems such as hemorrhoids.
People with constipation also pass stool less frequently, so they sometimes have a feeling that their bowels are not yet empty. This can be a problem, especially if the stool has been “stuck” for a long time, as this can lead to fecal impaction.
When this happens, the colon or rectum is essentially “blocked” and waste can’t get out. This can lead to more serious problems such as an infection or even death.
It is important for people to take constipation seriously, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you’ve been constipated for three weeks or longer.
Link Between Constipation and Indigestion
Constipation and indigestion might seem like two very different things, but there are a number of connections between the two.
First, people who suffer from indigestion can sometimes have an increased risk of constipation. This happens because the medication that people with indigestion us, can sometimes cause constipation, especially if they take it frequently.