What is Chronic Constipation?
Before we take a closer look at the signs and symptoms of chronic constipation, let’s first define the condition.
Chronic constipation happens when you experience infrequent and difficult bowel movements for months.
Likewise, you may pass stool, but feel that it’s “incomplete”. According to reports, having a “perceived incomplete evacuation of bowel movements” for three months or longer is also a sign of chronic constipation.
The Symptoms of Chronic Constipation
Do you have chronic constipation? Of course, the best way to answer that question is to head straight to your doctor for physical assessment.
The doctor will most likely ask you questions about your bowel movement, so you might want to take note of the following signs and symptoms and see if you experience any of them.
Infrequent and difficult bowel movements
If you want to know if you have chronic constipation, you need to check how many times you pass stool.
According to reports, if you experience less than 3 bowel movements in a week for three months or longer, you could be suffering from chronic constipation.
Difficulty in passing stool
If you’re having difficulty passing stool, you might be suffering from constipation. But how will you know when it’s “difficult” to defecate?
Experts say it’s when you are “pushing too hard” or in other words, you’re straining.
You have hard stool
A normal, healthy stool is “sausage or snake-shaped”. Typically, its diameter resembles that of a banana and it has a soft, smooth texture.
Another characteristic of healthy stool is that it remains intact when you flush it. This indicates that the stool has an adequate amount of water in it.
When you have chronic constipation, you will most likely pass “hard” stool which could mean any of the following: