Constipation (Adult)

Constipation (Adult)

Condition Description

Constipation consists of one or more of the following symptoms

Common Symptoms

  • Excessive straining
  • A sense of incomplete evacuation
  • Failed or lengthy attempts to defecate
  • Hard stools
  • Decreased stool frequency. From optimal health point of view the stool should be formed, odorless, effortless, give a sense of complete emptying, be in the shape of colon cast and be passed at least once a day. Stool passage less than once a day is totally unacceptable

Underlying Causes

  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Poor eating habits and diet low in fiber
  • Dehydration
  • Magnesium deficiency

Traditional Approach

  • For constipation of shorter duration like less than three months, look for secondary causes like cancer colon
  • For chronic constipation use fiber like psyllium husks or methylcellulose
  • Laxatives like docusate sodium, milk of magnesia, Epsom salt, lactulose, bisacodyl, sennosides

EHAC Approach

  • Laxatives are fine for short time
  • Look for yeast overgrowth and treat it
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Look for hypothyroidism and treat it
  • Increase fiber intake
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