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When should you get a check-up for constipation?

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  • When constipation lingers for three weeks or more, get a check-up just to make sure a medical condition isn't causing the problem. Also see your doctor if: You've never been constipated before now
  • You have stomach pain
  • You've noticed blood in your stools
  • You're losing weight without trying

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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