Some people are constipated for weeks, months, or years, and others
have bouts of constipation that come and go over long periods of time. Chronic
constipation may have many causes, including:
If you have chronic or recurrent constipation, see your doctor to make sure your constipation is not caused by an underlying
disease. If you have been checked by a doctor, be aware of new or
more intense discomfort or changes in the size, shape, or hardness of your
stools. If constipation does not improve after a few days of home treatment,
talk to your doctor.
August 2, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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