For those struggling with constipation, immediate diagnosis and treatment is imperative. Diagnosing constipation is most often based on the patient’s prevailing symptoms and bowel habits.
Following the initial diagnosis, your gastroenterologist may order laboratory tests to rule out underlying medical conditions. Further diagnosis may require x-ray examination or colonoscopy. Once a diagnosis is established by your gastroenterologist, immediate treatment is recommended. Most often, constipation can be relieved simply by increasing fluid and fiber intake. Laxatives may be necessary. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle will also contribute to more normal bowel function.
If you are experiencing chronic constipation or unexplained or persistent changes in bowel habits, make an appointment with our experienced healthcare providers. For more information and services offered at Regional Gi, please contact us today.