The common treatment of chronic constipation includes lifestyle and dietary changes. These changes can help to boost the speed of bowel movement through the intestines. For severe cases, your doctor may ask for surgery or medicines.
The following treatments for constipation may help:
Changes in Diet and Lifestyle Choices
The treatment may begin with the following steps:
Regular Exercise: Physical activity and exercise can boost the muscles activity in the intestine. Make sure that you perform exercise or engage in physical activities.
Always Remove Stool When You Feel the Urge: You should stay in the toilet if you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. It may take a few more minutes but it will prevent constipation.
Increase Fiber Intake: More fiber in your diet leads to improved stool passage. Try to add more veggies and fruits or whole grains. If you have not been eating fiber, start with a small amount. Because a sudden switch to more fiber may lead to gas and bloating.
Laxatives are OTC medicines that help to boost bowel movement. These OTC include:
Stool softener: Some medicine moist the stools by drawing water from your intestines.
Fiber supplements: Your doctor may recommend fiber supplements to add bulk into the stool.
Lubricants: Some lubricants help to move the stool through the colon, such as mineral oil, etc.
Your doctor may also recommend other OTC as per your constipation cause, such as enemas, osmosis, stimulants, etc.
Some OTC may not work for chronic constipation. But your doctor may recommend the prescription medicines to soften the stool or to keep the bowel moving.
Your doctor may recommend surgery if there is no improvement in bowel movement following other treatment. Surgical removal of the colon part may be an option for your chronic constipation.