In fact, regularly emptying your bowels is pretty much a prerequisite for good health. With that in mind, imagine all the problems that could arise if you were so stopped up, you couldn't go for months. If you do not poop for weeks then your stomach will start bloating, there will be cramps and back pain as well. If your bowel is not moving for days, then it needs medical attention. When constipation appears, it can result in an impacted bowel (also called fecal impaction). It means that there is a large lump of dry and hard stool that is stuck inside your rectum. This is a serious issue because your body holds onto all the poisons and toxins which should normally be eliminated and flushed away. Pollution starts building up inside your body.
This an issue which can be fixed. So, your doctor will first try with an enema, however, it is not enough to remove all the large and hardened stool, thus it might require manual removal. When the issue is resolved, then the trick is to prevent long-term constipation from ever happening again. For that reason, you have to have some knowledge about poop and bowel movements.
This is actually your body trying to discard waste through its efficient sanitation system. Your digestive tract compacts the remainders of unabsorbed food into a mass (the stool) and then the colon passes it through the rectum and anus. The organs of the digestive tract contain a layer of muscle within their walls, creating the movement that propels stool down and out. If there is no conscious effort, the digestive tract muscles start contracting and relaxing as the food travels to its rightful end. The timing of the movements is individual and there are different patterns and routines which qualify as healthy and normal. Sometimes the frequency of bowel movement changes, but if the stool looks the same and you feel no pain, then this is most likely not a sign of illness. On the contrary, if you start experiencing pain, see blood, or repeatedly pass narrow and ribbon-like stools, or you there are loose and watery stools, then it is time to see a doctor.
Constipation might be an issue due to food choices, but it may also be a more complex health issue. It may denote colon cancer, thus you have to visit a doctor, even if there is mild constipation and it keeps recurring as something serious cold be happening inside your body or you might be headed toward an impacted bowel movement.
Who is at risk?
People who have been using laxatives for chronic constipation and in some cases they stop taking them and find out that their muscles have ‘forgotten’ how to move feces on their own.
People who sit too much or do not exercise enough are prone to mild constipation.
People who are bed-ridden suffer from this issue, and if it turns into a long-term condition, it may lead to impaction.
Certain drugs can cause this condition to occur such as narcotic pain medicine (methadone, codeine) and common culprits (anticholinergics that treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease);
People with damaged nerves connected to muscles of the intestines.
Foods which help
Fiber can help as during digestion they bind with water and by remaining moist and thus the poop moves through the intestine more easily.
Roughage can also help. It remains intact during digestion, and by doing so it pushes along through more or less scraping against the sides of the colon and prevents anything that is trapped there. It comes from corn, barley, wheat bran, apples, pears, berries, citrus fruit, carrots, cucumbers, and zucchini.
Eating right is the key to avoid this issue, so when you are in doubt, choose fiber and roughage.