Constipation - Seeing a Doctor

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When should a doctor be consulted for constipation?

Many people have a life-long tendency toward constipation while others tend to have occasional constipation alternating with a normal bowel pattern or even diarrhea. While mild and intermittent constipation in these individuals is usually not a cause for concern, a doctor should be consulted under the following circumstances:

  • A new onset of constipation or recent change in bowel habits
  • Moderate to severe constipation, or constipation that does not respond to self-treatment with simple bulking agents that provide fiber
  • Constipation that is accompanied by rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramps, nausea and vomiting, or involuntary weight loss
  • Constipation during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
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