Overcoming Persistent Difficulty Defecating?
Afternoon doctor, I am a woman in 20th height 168cm and weighs 55kg., why is it that I have a hard time defecating, even after 5 days I did not defecate even though I already drank water (in my opinion) it is enough to meet the needs of fluids in the body and also consume fruits as well as vegetables, but my defecation is not smooth, at least once in 3 days, I have to help myself with drinking teak tea / drinking lax * lax. this has been happening to me continuously, maybe 4 months. this also really makes me stressed and uncomfortable, my stomach swells and gets full quickly even though I have a good appetite. what’s the cause? and how to solve it? Thank you in advance doctor.
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Difficulty defecating or also known as constipation is a condition when a person is not used to having regular bowel movements, less frequently than usual, incomplete or not at all. In terms of frequency, usually called constipation, says the frequency of bowel movements is less than three times a week.
Among the conditions that can cause this are:
Poor diet with less fiber and less drinking Lack of exercise Frequently ignoring the urge to defecate Not feeling comfortable using the toilet, for example when using a public toilet Changing diet to be more or less frequent Side effects of certain drugs or supplements Certain medical illnesses such as intestinal obstruction, thyroid hormone disorders and diabetes
In your case, by eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water, your habits are quite good. However, to avoid misunderstandings and to find out the presence of other risk factors in yourself, you should still check with an internal medicine specialist. By checking with a doctor, it will be detected if you have other risk factors, such as perhaps insufficient water consumption even though you feel it is enough, or maybe there are certain medical conditions with supporting examinations such as abdominal X-rays or ultrasound. After the examination is carried out, then it can be determined the most suitable treatment for you.
Meanwhile, keep your lifestyle, coupled with exercising more regularly, defecating in a squatting position, avoiding caffeinated drinks such as tea or coffee, avoiding dairy products, maintaining ideal body weight, and avoiding stress. So, hopefully it answers your question.