See a doctor.
If you have any significant concerns about constipation or any red-flag symptoms, talk with a medical professional about causes and possible treatments. In doing this, be clear about the problem, because constipation can come in many forms. “Often physician and patient may have a different perception,” says Singh. “It’s important, when a patient goes to the doctor, to say, ‘I’m constipated,’ that they say which symptoms [they have].” Constipation is often defined by having few bowel movements, but some people may experience hard stool or the feeling of incomplete evacuation. Note your specific symptoms so you can communicate those to your doctor.
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