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Constipation

Constipation

Constipation services offered in Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Occasional constipation happens to the best of us. If you’re not having regular bowel movements or have to strain every time you use the bathroom, you can access complete constipation care at Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. Onsite diagnostic testing services are available and Hussein Abidali, DO, and the team create personalized treatment plans to relieve your constipation and prevent it from coming back. Call the office in Rancho Cucamonga, California, to schedule a constipation consultation or request an appointment online today. 

Constipation QA

What is constipation?

Constipation describes difficulties passing stool or having infrequent bowel movements. While the number of bowel movements a person has varies, three per week is generally considered healthy.

You experience constipation when stool moves too slowly through your digestive tract and dries out. Dry, hard stool is more difficult to pass and can lead to straining during bowel movements, rectal bleeding, and hemorrhoids.

Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. offers diagnostic testing services in-office to determine what’s causing your constipation. The medical team also offers customized care plans to reduce the frequency of constipation so that you can have regular bowel movements and a healthy digestive tract.

When should I seek medical attention for constipation?

Most people experience occasional constipation from eating certain foods or when experiencing stress. You can manage occasional constipation by incorporating more fiber into your diet and using over-the-counter stool softeners.

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., if you frequently have difficulty or pain when passing stool or if you have less than three bowel movements in a week.

Chronic constipation can be a warning sign of blockages in the colon or rectum, neurological conditions, or dysfunction in your lower digestive tract muscles. The medical team can identify what’s causing your constipation with diagnostic tests like:

  • Blood work
  • X-rays
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy

Based on the results of your tests, the team creates a treatment plan to make stool easier to pass and prevent additional constipation issues.

How is constipation treated?

You may need to take fiber supplements and follow a healthy diet plan to stimulate healthy bowel movements. Daily exercise is also important to keep the muscles in your digestive tract strong and functional.

Stool softeners can also make hard stools easier to pass. Prescription medications can draw more water into your intestines, so stool doesn’t dry out. You should also visit the bathroom whenever you feel the urge to have a bowel movement to prevent stool from hardening.

The Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. medical team may recommend exercises you can do to improve the strength of your pelvic muscles.

If these strategies don’t work well to treat or prevent constipation, your provider may recommend surgery to remove blockages or damaged tissue in your colon that slows the movement of stool.

Call Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for chronic constipation or book an appointment online today.