Talking about our bowel movements is not always comfortable, but neither is constipation!
Constipation occurs in at least 70% of people with serious or chronic illness and often goes unrecognized and/or untreated.
What is Constipation?
Stools that are too hard or too small
Stools that are too difficult to pass
Stools that are too infrequent
Any decrease in your normal bowel movement pattern
What Can Cause/Contribute to Constipation?
Medications-including opioids, antidepressants, iron, and diuretics.
Diet-including decreased food intake, decreased fluid intake, low fiber, diets high in fat and processed grains.
Dehydration, hypothyroidism and Diabetes
Constipation Can be Managed with Medications, Diet and other Methods (always consult your provider before taking/adding medications)
Commonly Prescribed Medications Can Include
Consider Adding and/or Increasing Fiber in your Diet with These Items
Whole Grains (Whole grain breads, pastas, bran flakes, oatmeal)
Legumes (Lentils, black beans, kidney beans, soy beans, chickpeas)
Fruits (Berries, apples with the skin, oranges, pears, prunes)
Vegetables (Carrots, broccoli, green peas, collard greens)
Nuts (Almonds, peanuts, pecans)
Increase your water intake (if not contraindicated by your provider) water helps fiber work better and can make your stools easier to pass.
Increase your movement, activity helps to move your bowels.
Have a complete medication review done, working to eliminate non essential constipating medications.
Talk with your health care providers about your bowel movements, it may not be the easiest thing to talk about but you do not have to suffer!
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