What to ask your doctor about constipation
Constipation is when you are passing stools less often than you normally do. Your stool may become hard and dry and difficult to pass. You might feel bloated and have pain, or you might have to strain when you try to move your bowels.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your constipation.
How often should I go to the bathroom during the day? How long should I wait? What else can I do to train my body to have more regular bowel movements?
How should I change what I eat to help with my constipation?
Do any of the medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements I am taking cause constipation?
What products can I buy at the store to help with my constipation? What is the best way to take these?
If my constipation or hard stools started recently, does this mean I have a more serious medical problem?
When should I call my provider?
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