Chronic constipation can be an extremely uncomfortable and disruptive problem, making it difficult for people to deal with daily activities. Fortunately, Dr. Eric Ibegbu offers several treatment options designed to resolve the symptoms of chronic constipation. If you’re dealing with this issue, please contact Atlantic Medical Group to make an appointment in Jacksonville or Kinston, North Carolina.
Everyone deals with constipation at some time during their lives. However, chronic constipation is a more serious problem that often requires treatment from a doctor.
Chronic constipation can have several different causes. Some of the possible causes of this condition include:
Determining the cause of chronic constipation is an important part of the recovery process, as different types of constipation need different treatments.
Dr. Ibegbu begins the diagnosis of chronic constipation by performing a thorough physical exam and reviewing your medical history. He may also ask questions about your lifestyle and symptoms.
Depending on the results of this initial exam, Dr. Ibegbu may recommend other tests to look for specific causes of constipation. For example, if he suspects a blockage in your colon, you may need an imaging test. In other cases, he may simply recommend treatment and monitor the results.
Chronic constipation usually responds to the right treatment. However, the specific treatment you need will depend on the cause of your constipation. For example, if you have chronic constipation because of a blockage in your colon, you may need surgery to remove the blockage. If the blockage is cancerous, additional treatment may be necessary.
If your chronic constipation is related to hormonal, nerve, or muscle issues, you may benefit from taking medications, such as stimulants, osmotics, fiber supplements, and stool softeners.
If chronic constipation is mild and not related to a serious illness, you may be able to deal with the condition on your own. Some lifestyle changes that may help with chronic constipation include:
Even if you’re taking medications, making these lifestyle changes may still help with your condition.