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Constipation, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Is constipation an ongoing (chronic) problem for you, or is this a new or different problem? If it is chronic, when did it begin?
  • When did this episode of constipation begin?
  • When was your last normal bowel movement?
  • Have you recently changed your diet or fluid intake, decreased your activity level, or started a new medicine?
  • Have you recently changed your daily routine, such as a change in your job, school, or travel?
  • What have you tried to correct your constipation? Did it work?
  • Do you have any rectal bleeding?
  • Do you have rectal pain before, during, or after a bowel movement? If so, how long does the pain usually last?
  • Do you have any health risks?

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 01, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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