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Constipation services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Constipation services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Millions of people visit their doctor to get help with constipation. At Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, Shakti Singh, MD, and the team provide expert gastroenterology care for constipation. They can find the cause of your gastrointestinal symptom and develop a plan to improve your bowel habits. Call today or use the online booking button to schedule your constipation consultation.

I only poop three times a week. Do I have constipation?

Having three or fewer bowel movements a week is the medical definition of constipation. However, bowel habits differ from person-to-person. Some people move their bowels several times a day, while others only go a few times a week. 

Constipation occurs when there’s an unexpected decrease in your usual bowel movements, causing dry, hard, and difficult-to-pass stool. 

However, the longer it takes for stool to move through your digestive tract, the more difficult it is to pass stool. Your large intestine is the last section of your gastrointestinal tract and responsible for absorbing water from your food waste to create solid stool.

More water gets absorbed when stool moves too slowly through your large intestine, creating harder, dryer stool.

What causes constipation?

You can develop constipation from many causes, including a change in routine, diet, or medication. Certain health conditions also cause constipation. 

Common causes of constipation include:

  • Eating a low-fiber diet
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Change in eating pattern
  • Change in your usual schedule
  • Taking medications like narcotics, certain antidepressants, or allergy medications
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease

Constipation is also a symptom of gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

When should I see a gastroenterologist for constipation?

You should schedule an appointment at Premier Gastro Care if ongoing constipation is affecting your daily life or you suspect your change in bowel habits are due to an underlying digestive condition.

During your visit, the team conducts a thorough evaluation to find the root cause of your constipation. They review your usual diet and exercise habits, ask about the types of medications you take, and go over your medical history.

The team performs a physical exam and may run tests to confirm or rule out a cause, such as bloodwork or imaging studies. They may also request a colonoscopy if they suspect your constipation is due to a gastrointestinal condition.

What treatments can improve my constipation?

Treatment for constipation depends on the cause. However, the team at Premier Gastro Care recommends adding more fiber and fluid to your diet to improve bowel habits. They may also recommend taking a stool softener or prescribe medication to treat your constipation.

If you have an intestinal blockage, the team may recommend surgery. 

Constipation is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Call Premier Gastro Care today or schedule an appointment online to find out what’s causing your constipation.