Constipation is defined as moving the bowels less than three times in a week, straining to pass stool, or passing stool regularly albeit hard, dry, or similar to pellets in quality. Everyone experiences some kind of constipation every now and then so it’s normal to say that one is constipated. However, severe constipation is a different matter altogether.
You can probably say that you are severely constipated when you pass stool less than three times in a week and when you do your bowel movements produce hard, dry, and pellet-like stool. You have chronic constipation on the other hand if you experience constipation quite frequently.
While constipation is something that people will generally experience, there are still a lot of things that people don’t know about it. That’s why it’s not uncommon for some people to panic when they have severe constipation. Knowing more about the condition should help ease any fears you have so you don’t have to lose your head when constipation strikes. Constipation is manageable, after all. You just have to know what you’re dealing with.
To help shed light on severe constipation, here are some myths you may have heard about the condition and the truths behind them:
- “If you don’t move your bowels once a day, you should be worried!” The truth is, less than 50% of all the people in the world move their bowels once a day. You have nothing to worry about as long as you make more than three bowel movements in a week.
- “Bowel movements should be more frequent as you grow older.” Actually, it’s the reverse. As you age, your bowel movements will decrease.
- “If you eat healthily and drink a lot of water, you will never experience severe constipation.” While constipation is mainly affected by what you eat and drink, how you feel also factors in so it is also influenced by stressors in your life, as well as other things that could be happening in your body such as low levels of the thyroid hormone.
While severe constipation is manageable and should not generally be feared, it may point to an underlying condition so you shouldn’t ignore it. However, if your bowel troubles are alleviated by home remedies, then you should not have anything to worry about. To really gauge though, if there is really something wrong, try to assess your bout with constipation in light of all other episodes of constipation before.
If it does not fall far from what you usually experience then you should be able to breathe easy. Just let this moment of being severely constipated pass. If it’s unlike anything you have experienced before, then it’s best that you pay your doctor a visit. Even if it turns out to be nothing in the end, going to your doctor for specific advice on treating constipation will let you address you concerns sooner so you can enjoy relief sooner.