10 Questions for Doctor About Chronic Constipation

Medically Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on August 27, 2022

Since you were recently diagnosed with chronic constipation, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  1. What is chronic constipation?
  2. Is my chronic constipation a sign of a serious disease such as colon cancer?
  3. Can the medications I take be the cause of chronic constipation?
  4. What medical tests can help determine the cause of chronic constipation?
  5. Are psyllium powder mixes or other over-the-counter (OTC) remedies effective for treating constipation?
  6. If I've been taking laxatives, how would I know if I'm dependent?
  7. What dietary changes should I make to help chronic constipation?
  8. How can exercise help me avoid chronic constipation?
  9. Would yoga or meditation help ease chronic constipation?
  10. Besides medication, what other treatments are there for chronic constipation?

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