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Most commonly abdominal pain and constipation show up simultaneously. Abdominal pain is a common symptom that goes hand in hand with constipation. Constipation happens when the patient has difficulty or is not able to have a normal bowel cycle. 

Common symptoms of constipation are:

  • Less frequently than normal bowel movements ( i.e. less than three bowels in a week)
  • Pain in the abdominal area which may or may not be accompanied by bleeding 
  • Hard, lumpy, and dry stool
  • Unable to completely empty the bowels
  • Feeling like there’s a blockage in the stools
  • Straining to pass stool.

The symptoms of abdominal pain related to constipation are:

Constipation along with abdominal pain is common. In most cases, the condition is caused by a buildup of gas in the abdomen or because of the need to pass a stool. Mild or moderate abdominal pain with constipation is not generally a cause of concern.

What can be the causes?

There can be various causes of abdominal pain and constipation. Broad segments of their causes include lifestyle or habits, medications the patient is taking, and present or past medical conditions. 

Lifestyle Causes and Habits

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  • Not eating enough foods rich in fiber, such as vegetables, fruit, or cereal 
  • Change in eating habits or routine, like  dieting or changing regular diet to keto or vegan
  • Stress (Also Read: Things That Can Help You Relax In The Office )
  • Not drinking adequate amounts of water to keep the stools soft that result in  movement through the bowels
  • No or insufficient physical activity
  • Travelling
  • Age Factor 
  • Holding on the need to pass stool 

Also Read: What are Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Constipation?

Medications

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  • Antacids
  • Iron or calcium supplements
  • Diuretics
  • Narcotics
  • Pain Killers
  • Anti-seizure medicines
  • Medication for controlling muscle spasms
  • Antidepressants

Also Read: Stool Softener in Constipation: Uses, Benefits And Side Effects

Health Conditions 

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  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS (Also Read: IBS vs. IBD- Know The Difference )
  • Diverticulitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions such as Hypothyroidism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal Cord or Brain Injuries
  • Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Anal fissure
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Weak pelvic muscles 

Do you need to worry about it?

The answer is, ‘Maybe‘. But you definitely should not ignore it. Only a doctor can tell if the condition poses a threat to the health and well-being of the patient. Although, there are certain cases that can indicate the condition needs medical help. Patients suffering from abdominal pain and constipation should visit see a doctor if also have the following cases: 

  • If there is a family history of colorectal cancer
  • If the patient is unable to gas
  • In case the patient has blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Mild or high fever
  • Frequent pain in lower back
  • Often feeling fatigue
  • Constant or severe abdominal pain 
  • Sudden weight loss
  • recurrent indigestion or throwing up repeatedly

Call for Action

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A wide range of lifestyle or medical causes can lead to abdominal pain and constipation. In case your symptoms do not clear up in some time or get worse, you should see a doctor at the earliest. The doctor can help you by doing the proper diagnosis and then treat the underlying cause.

Abdominal pain and constipation can be symptoms of an underlying health condition. It is essential to consult a doctor if the problem does not go away in some time. 

If the abdominal pain and constipation are caused due to certain medications or a present or recent past’s medical condition, the doctor will suggest treatment options to clearing up current constipation and then guide you further to prevent this problem again. 

A patient suffering from abdominal pain and constipation can prevent this problem from bothering them again and again by making some healthy lifestyle choices:

  • Drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids.
  • Eat a diet rich in high-fiber. This would prevent the formation of hard stool. 
  • Maintain a physically active lifestyle. 

If you still find no relief, contact Pristyn Care for the most advanced and optimum treatments. 

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