Changes in your daily routines from travel
or changes in your school or job, which can decrease your level of physical
activity and decrease your opportunity to have a bowel
Irritable bowel syndrome.
If you have chronic or recurrent constipation, see your doctor to make sure your constipation is not caused by an underlying
disease. If you have been checked by a doctor, be aware of new or
more intense discomfort or changes in the size, shape, or hardness of your
stools. If constipation does not improve after a few days of home treatment,
talk to your doctor.
Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease affecting 500,000 Americans,
can overwhelm your daily life. Day-to-day living is especially difficult if you
suffer chronic symptoms like frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal
tears, or bowel obstructions.
Fortunately, treatments for Crohn's disease can make a big difference.
Effective treatments range from lifestyle changes to medications, or even
surgery in severe cases. The right treatments can reduce symptoms, lengthen