Constipation is probably the most common disorder of the digestive system. It is fundamentally changing the normal operation of a human intestine. Everyone but may describe this phenomenon differently. Other then say that their stool is hard and pellet-shaped, while others say that the evacuation is carried out with difficulty or, more rarely than usual.
Previously thought was constipation if the vacancy occurred less often than 3 times weekly. But today there are new criteria for the definition of constipation. These criteria include two or more of the following:
• "tightness" during at least 25% of stools. • Feeling of incomplete emptying in 25% of stools. • Feeling unable to attend at least 25% of stools. • Using various manipulations to facilitate emptying at least 25% of stools. • Hard stools or in pellet form at least 25% of bowel movements. • Frequency of stools less than 3 times weekly.
What causes constipation?
Constipation can be caused by another disease or condition exists as its own. The contents of the colon not being promoted at a satisfactory pace, and this may contribute to causes that impair the ability of peristalsis and others who obstruct the content. So some of the causes of constipation can be:
• Poor diet, poor in fiber • Reduced physical activity • Other diseases that lead to dehydration • Medications, such as iron, antidepressants, sedatives and some anti-hypertensive • Rapid weight loss • Dehydration • Changes in hormones, such as occurs during pregnancy • High calcium in blood and
Diagnosis of Constipation
Initially, the doctor will want to know your daily habits (number of stools per day, diet, medication) and then may consider necessary in the digital rectal examination to find any abnormalities or blood in stools. When there are no pathological findings, the doctor will recommend one of the following diagnostic tests:
• Sigmoidoscopy • Colonoscopy • Barium enema
What can you do for Constipation?
• Eating foods rich in fiber, namely fresh fruits and vegetables (raw or cooked with the skin), dried fruits and cereals. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables if the white blood cells do not exceed 1,800. Note: you should start a fiber-rich diet before starting chemotherapy. • Drink plenty of fluids (8 - 10 glasses a day). Try to drink mostly nutritious fluids (striking cold milk, mixed with egg and juice) rather than plain water, because you might just wet create a feeling of fullness and reduce your appetite. • Gradually add bran to your diet. Start with 2 tablespoons (10 ml) per day and gradually increase it to 4 to 6 tablespoons (20-30 ml) daily. Sprinkle bran cereal or add the piece of meat, cooked food, the cake pan and cooked foods. • Avoid refined foods like white bread, starchy desserts and sweets. Also, avoid chocolate, cheese and eggs, because it can cause constipation. • To fix the bowel movements, eat prunes or drink a glass of prune juice in the morning or the evening before falling asleep. Plums contain natural laxatives such as fiber. The warm prune juice and cooked plums are the most effective. • Eat a good breakfast with any hot drink, tea, hot lemon water or decaffeinated coffee. • Rest and eat at fixed hours and a quiet atmosphere. • Do some exercises to stimulate the reflexes of the intestine and help maintain normal bowel movement.
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