Constipation in Thibodaux, LA

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Constipation is described as experiencing less than three bowel movements a week. This symptom occurs when the stool in the GI tract becomes too hard and dry to pass. Your stool can become dry if it passes too slowly through the GI tract or remains in the colon for too long. If you experience fewer than three bowel movements throughout the course of one week, we recommend consulting a GI specialist at a Digestive Health Center near you. Contact one of our GI locations in Thibodaux, LA today to request a consultation.

There could be a number of reasons why stools may progress more slowly than usual through your GI tract. Some causes of constipation include:

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

Adding healthy habits to your lifestyle can help relieve constipation. Several healthy habits to adopt to help minimize the chance of constipation include:

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

Some over-the-counter medications are a great way to relieve constipation, but we recommend talking with one of our Thibodaux, LA GI providers first because constipation can be a sign of a more serious issue.

Adding foods that are high in fiber is a good way to try to relieve constipation. When you are looking to add foods that are high in fiber to your diet, the foods listed here could be beneficial:

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

For more information on improving your nutritional habits, contact your nearest Digestive Health Center to connect with one of our licensed dietitians.

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Most people deal with constipation at some point during their lives. Chronic constipation, however, may be a sign of something far more serious. If you have been experiencing constipation on a persistent basis, please meet with a GI provider as soon as you can. In addition to being able to diagnose and help manage digestive conditions, the GI team at our Digestive Health Center locations can test and screen for any more concerning ailments. To receive help for constipation in Thibodaux, LA, please contact one of our locations today.

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