Thursday, October 29, 2015

Constipation is a common but treatable bowel problem that affects nearly everyone. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips to help those who suffer from this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Constipation is when you feel like you are not able to have a complete bowel movement. You can also have hard stool, stomach pain, bloating or swelling.

When you feel like you need to have a bowel movement, go to the bathroom right away.

Try to have a bowel movement right after a meal.

Try sitting on the toilet with your feet on a short footrest. This position may make it easier to have a bowel movement.

Eat more fiber. Foods that are high in fiber are whole grains, fruits and vegetables. You should try to eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day.

Drink more fluids. This can help the fiber to work better.

Take a stool softener every day.

If you still have trouble having a bowel movement, take an over-the-counter laxative, such as polyethylene glycol, also known as Miralax.

If you see blood in your bowel movement, see your health care provider. This can be a sign of a more serious problem

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.