Constipation in Lubbock, TX

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Constipation is a GI symptom marked by the passage of fewer than three bowel movements in a single week. Constipation arises when the stool in your intestine is too hard and dry to pass easily. This waste can become dry if it moves too slowly through the digestive tract or remains in the colon for an extended time. If you experience less than three bowel movements within one week, it may be time to consult a gastrointestinal physician at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates . Reach out to our GI office in Lubbock, TX today to schedule an appointment.

There are several factors and conditions that could slow the passage of stool through your digestive tract. Some typical reasons for constipation include:

  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
  • Anal fissure
  • A bowel obstruction
  • Rectal cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Damaged nerves around the colon or rectum

You can help relieve or avoid constipation by incorporating healthy dietary habits into your lifestyle. Several healthy habits to incorporate to help you prevent constipation involve:

  • Avoiding dairy products
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Eating more dietary fiber
  • Consuming more water
  • Taking probiotics and prebiotics

Some over-the-counter medications are a helpful solution to constipation. However, we advise consulting with one of our Lubbock, TX gastrointestinal physicians first, given that constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious issue.

If you are trying to incorporate more fiber-rich foods into your diet, consider some of the following options:

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

To find out more about improving your dietary habits, call Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates to partner with one of our licensed dietitians.

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It's very common to experience constipation from time to time throughout your life. Chronic constipation, however, could be a sign of a more serious health concern. If you've been constipated frequently, please meet with a GI specialist as soon as you can. In addition to being able to diagnose and help manage digestive conditions, the gastroenterologists at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates can screen for any concerning ailments. To get help for constipation in Lubbock, TX, please reach out to us today.

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