Just about everyone has trouble going to the bathroom at some point. If you're not having bowel movements as often as you used to, usually it's no cause for worry. Often, constipation will go away on its own within a few days or get better after you use laxatives or another constipation treatment.
But what if constipation doesn't go away and becomes a daily problem? When should you stop treating it yourself and call a doctor for help?
Often, no symptoms of cirrhosis appear until the disease has entered the late stages.
When symptoms occur, they can include:
Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
Unusual gain or loss of weight
Yellow coloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Bloody, black stools or unusually light-colored stools
Vomiting of blood
Prolonged generalized itching
Swollen feet or legs
Sleep disturbances and confusion
Typically, you become constipated when there either isn't enough water in your stool to soften and move it through your intestines, or the muscle contractions in your intestines are too slow to push the stool through and out of your body.
The most common causes of constipation are pretty easy to remedy, including:
Don’t let constipation go unchecked for too long. When untreated, constipation can lead to unpleasant complications such as hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse, a condition in which part of the intestine pushes out through the anus from too much straining.