Chicago area board-certified digestive disease specialist Dr. Suman Kaur, is often asked about constipation.

Constipation is generally defined as fewer than three bowel movements in one week. Stools may be hard and dry.

Symptoms typically include:

  • Reduction in number of passing stools
  • Difficulty passing stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating

Treatments may include:

  • Consume plenty of foods with fiber (such as whole wheat bread, fruit, vegetables, brown rice) to be consumed with lots of water to prevent blockage of the digestive tract
  • Drink approximately 64 ounces of water per day (8 glasses)
  • Exercise to keep food moving through the gut
  • Over the counter laxatives, stool softeners, suppositories or enemas
  • Prescription medications to increase fluid in the digestive tract

Complications of constipation include:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Fecal impaction

Note: This information shouldn’t take the place of a physician’s care. Please see your physician or Dr. Suman Kaur of Digestive Disease Associates of Hinsdale with any questions or concerns: (630) 325-4255.