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What should I ask my doctor if I have chronic constipation?

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You may want to ask:

1. What is chronic constipation?

2. What's causing it in my case?

3. Do I need to change my diet?

4. What's the treatment?

5. Would more exercise help?

6. Should I try, or avoid, any types of over-the-counter products to treat it?

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "10 Symptoms Not to Ignore."

Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration."

McIlwain H. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Harris McIlwain, MD, Tampa Medical Group, PA.

Satish SC Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP (Lon), professor of medicine and director, neurogastroenterology & GI motility, University of Iowa.

Medicinenet.com: "Constipation."

Harvard School of Public Health: "Fiber: Start Roughing It!"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "10 Symptoms Not to Ignore."

Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration."

McIlwain H. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Harris McIlwain, MD, Tampa Medical Group, PA.

Satish SC Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP (Lon), professor of medicine and director, neurogastroenterology & GI motility, University of Iowa.

Medicinenet.com: "Constipation."

Harvard School of Public Health: "Fiber: Start Roughing It!"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 09, 2018

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