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What conditions can make you constipated?

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Sometimes, constipation is a sign of a disease or physical problem in the gastrointestinal tract. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, diabetes, thyroid disease, and lupus can all make you constipated. Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of gastrointestinal symptoms that includes constipation.

A less common possibility is that you have a physical problem in your intestines, such as a blockage or tumor, that's preventing the stool from passing through.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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