What Does it Feel Like to Be Constipated?

Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2017

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What does it feel like to be constipated?

Doctor's response

Symptoms of constipation include:

  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Straining when going to the bathroom
  • Hard and/or small feces
  • Sense of incomplete evacuation after going to the bathroom
  • Lower abdominal discomfort
  • Abdominal bloating, occasionally distension
  • Anal bleeding or fissures from the trauma caused by hard feces
  • Occasionally diarrhea due to obstruction of the colon by hard stool
  • Rarely colonic perforation
  • Psychological distress and/or obsession with having to go to the bathroom
  • Possible aggravation of diverticular disease, hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse

For more information, read our full medical article about constipation.

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References
"Management of chronic constipation in adults"
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