Chronic Constipation


What Is Chronic Constipation? Chronic constipation refers to a condition whereby one experiences infrequent or difficulty passing stool, and could be the result of various factors including lifestyle habits, diet choices, certain medical conditions or medication side effects. Chronic constipation can significantly impede one's quality of life and overall well-being.

If you are suffering from chronic constipation, it is vitally important that you seek medical evaluation at Digestive and Liver Health Specialists from one of their gastroenterology providers. While lifestyle adjustments or over-the-counter remedies may help temporarily ease symptoms, additional testing such as colonoscopy or anorectal manometry may be recommended by your provider in order to more accurately evaluate your GI tract.

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Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a procedure in which your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera to examine the inner lining of your colon. This enables providers to identify abnormalities or conditions that could be contributing to chronic constipation, including structural problems, polyps, or colorectal cancer - as well as rule out other possible sources.

Anorectal Manometry: Anorectal manometry is a test designed to evaluate muscle and nerve function in the rectum and anus, providing insight into strength and coordination of these muscles, while potentially pinpointing issues such as impaired rectal or anal muscle function as potential causes for chronic constipation.

Maintaining Chronic Constipation: While waiting or following any necessary specialized testing, patients can take steps to manage chronic constipation and improve bowel movements. Here are some strategies:

  • Increase Your Fiber Intake: Add foods rich in fiber - like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes - into your diet to increase its consumption and promote regular bowel movements. Fiber provides bulk to stool while supporting regularity of bowel movements.
  • Hydration: Staying properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids - specifically water - will help soften and pass stool more easily.
  • Do Regular Physical Activity: Engage in regular physical activities such as walking, swimming or cycling to boost bowel movements and support digestive health overall. Exercise has proven its worth in improving digestive wellbeing over time.Lifestyle Modifications: Establish a consistent toileting routine, allowing yourself enough time and privacy. Respond promptly when feeling the urge for a bowel movement without delaying.

When to Consult a Gastroenterologist: If you experience persistent or severe chronic constipation, it is wise to visit Digestive and Liver Health Specialists and speak to a gastroenterology provider about possible solutions tailored specifically for you. Our specialists can assess your symptoms, provide accurate diagnoses and suggest treatment options tailored specifically for you.


Chronic constipation can be an unpleasant condition, but with proper management and medical assessment its impact can be mitigated significantly. By adopting healthy lifestyle practices such as eating fiber-rich food, staying hydrated, engaging in regular physical exercise and taking prescribed medications on time - patients can regain control of their digestive health. At Digestive and Liver Health Specialists we offer support services to assist on your journey towards optimal digestive wellbeing - our dedicated team are here to support and guide you on your journey!

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