Constipation can be painful, frustrating, and embarrassing. Most cases of constipation are acute and only last for a day or two. Typically, no action is needed in these cases. But when constipation becomes chronic, there may be a more serious underlying cause. In this article, we are going to run through a few potential causes of constipation.
Blockage in the rectum can prevent stool movement. Such blockage may be caused by colon cancer, anal fissures, bowel obstructions, bowel stricture, and other issues.
Muscle & Nerve Issues
Conditions impacting the muscles or nervous system can also result in constipation. The intestinal muscles are responsible for pushing stool through the intestines. If these muscles or the nerves controlling them are impaired, it can cause constipation. Related issues that can cause muscle or nerve issues include: spinal cord injuries, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and weakened pelvic muscles.
When the body’s hormones are out of balance, it can lead to a fluid imbalance in the body as well. In turn, this can cause constipation in the patient. Certain hormonal conditions can put a patient at risk for this, including: hypothyroidism, diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, as well as being pregnant.
Twin Cities Gastroenterologist
With two decades of experience and more than 40,000 advanced procedures performed, Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is one of the most skilled and respected GI doctors in the state of Minnesota. We treat all kinds of gastrointestinal issues – from liver disease to colon cancer. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti and his team at Bhatti GI Clinics. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.