What causes constipation? Well, the obvious culprits include a low fibre diet, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, not drinking enough water, or a lack of exercise. But constipation also has other, less-well-known causes, including certain medications and supplements, as well as potentially serious medical conditions.
Painkillers - Painkillers, specifically narcotics, can cause constipation. Chronic users of pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can suffer badly.
Chocolate - There’s some evidence that chocolate can cause constipation, though other studies show chocolate may actually help some people.
Vitamins - Vitamins in general won’t cause constipation, but certain components, such as calcium and iron, can be a problem.
Too much dairy - A diet high in cheese and other low-fibre/high-fat foods such as eggs and meat can slow down your digestion.
Antidepressants and Depression - Ironically, the very condition that antidepressants are meant to treat—depression—can also cause constipation. Like hypothyroidism, depression causes a general slowdown of the body’s normal processes, which can also affect the bowel.
Antacids - Antacids are great for fighting heartburn, but some can cause constipation (well most of them!), particularly those containing calcium or aluminium.
Inflammatory bowel disease - IBD includes two chronic conditions—Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Both can cause cramping, weight loss, bloody stools, and other health problems. Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom of both. However constipation can be a problem too.
It's often difficult to identify the cause. However, there are a number of things that increase the risk of constipation, including:
Yes, you may be able to help treat constipation yourself by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, but if these changes do not help, see your GP. You should also speak to your GP is you suspect your child might be constipated.
Successful and rapid treatment of constipation with the scenar is widespread, both with practitioners around the world and from our own experience. The first treatment can remove the pain completely and a short course can remove it all together. But be warned, do not go on any long car journey's!
Continual constipation is not good for your body, you are holding all the waste and toxins. Talk to us about how we can help provide pain relief for constipation.