Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from constipation every year. Individuals with this condition typically have difficult bowel movements or less than three movements per week. Constipation treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri in Beverly Hills can offer you relief from your symptoms.
Symptoms of Constipation
Chronic constipation involves infrequent or difficult to pass bowel movements lasting several weeks. Lifestyle changes can help provide relief, but some symptoms may require prompt medical attention. Constipation can be a symptom of another underlying medical problem. Contact your primary care doctor if symptoms last longer than three weeks or you experience bloody stools or severe pain. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience rectal bleeding, vomiting, fever, lower back pain, sudden weight loss, constant abdominal pain or the inability to pass gas.
Causes of Constipation
Constipation may be caused by changes in diet or lack of daily activity. This condition can also be the result of an inadequate intake of fiber. Infrequent bowel movements may also be a side effect of certain medications. Your colon can absorb excess water which dries out stool and can cause dehydration. Other causes may include anal fissures, intestinal blockage, cancer, rectum bulge or narrowing of the colon. Hormonal and neurological issues can also have a significant impact.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Constipation
Your primary care doctor can perform a physical exam and recommend lab tests to diagnose constipation. Other tests may be recommended based on the severity of symptoms. Treatment may depend on the cause of the constipation.
Common treatment options may include enemas, prescription medications and surgery in severe cases. Over-the-counter treatments include laxatives, stool softeners, fiber supplements, stimulants and lubricants. Your doctor can recommend the best combination of options for your unique needs. You can prevent constipation by incorporating more fiber in your diet, increasing your water intake and engaging in daily exercise.
Beverly Hills Constipation Treatment
Constipation can be incredibly uncomfortable and lead to serious health consequences. As a primary care provider specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Daniel Benhuri can recommend the best treatment options for you. New patients are welcome and same day appointments are available. Schedule an appointment today.