Constipation in Dallas, TX

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A gastrointestinal (GI) symptom, constipation is typically characterized by passing fewer than three bowel movements throughout the course of a week. Constipation happens when the stool in the GI tract is too dry and hard. This waste can become dry if it migrates too slowly through the digestive system or remains in the large intestine for too long. Should you pass less than three bowel movements over the course of a week, it may be time to consult a GI specialist at Digestive Health Associates of Texas. Contact our network of GI specialists in Dallas, TX to find a doctor in your area.

There are a few reasons why your stool may pass slower than normal through the digestive tract. Common causes of constipation are:

  • A bowel obstruction
  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Anal fissure
  • Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
  • Nerve damage around the rectum or colon
  • Cancer of the rectum

Adopting healthy habits into your lifestyle can help alleviate problems with constipation. Healthy habits that can help you avoid constipation include:

  • Drinking more water
  • Taking probiotics and prebiotics
  • Avoiding dairy
  • Eating more dietary fiber
  • Regular exercise

Some over-the-counter medication options can be a great way to alleviate constipation; however, we advise speaking with one of our Dallas, TX gastrointestinal doctors first as constipation can at times indicate a more concerning condition.

If you are needing to incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet, the foods listed below may be helpful:

  • Acorn squash
  • Raw spinach, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts
  • Lima beans, kidney beans
  • Peaches, raspberries, apples, tangerines
  • Cold All-Bran, Total Bran Flakes, whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal
  • Cooked black-eyed peas, cooked zucchini
  • Wheatena®, seven-grain bread, whole-wheat bread

 

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It is not unusual to experience constipation at some point throughout life. Chronic constipation, however, might be a symptom of a more concerning health issue. If constipation has been occurring on a more frequent basis, we urge you to consult a GI doctor as soon as possible. In addition to along with being able to diagnose, treat, and help manage digestive health conditions, the gastroenterology team at Digestive Health Associates of Texas can evaluate for more serious illnesses. To get help for constipation in Dallas, TX, please reach out to our skilled network of GI specialists today.

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