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What happens to your body if you have untreated constipation?

What happens to your body if you have untreated constipation?

Untreated constipation can lead to real problems, such as hemorrhoids and tears in the skin around the anus (called fissures) that make you bleed. If you strain too hard, you might even cause part of your intestines to push out through the anus — a condition called rectal prolapse that can sometimes require surgery.

Which is the most common complication of constipation?

Haemorrhoids or fissures: bleeding from haemorrhoids, or more rarely a fissure (painful tear) at the anus, is the commonest complication of constipation. Rectal prolapse: chronic straining can lead to the rectal wall protruding out through the anus.

How to know when constipation is a health emergency?

Other warning signs to watch for are: 1 Vomiting. 2 Blood in your stool. 3 Unexplained weight loss.

Can a mental illness cause you to have constipation?

Having a mental health condition such as depression or an eating disorder Complications of chronic constipation include: Swollen veins in your anus (hemorrhoids). Straining to have a bowel movement may cause swelling in the veins in and around your anus. Torn skin in your anus (anal fissure). A large or hard stool can cause tiny tears in the anus.

What happens if you don’t do anything about constipation?

Holding in the urge can make your constipation worse. Set aside a regular time of the day when you know you’ll be left undisturbed for several minutes. Also, don’t ignore the problem. Untreated constipation can lead to real problems, such as hemorrhoids and tears in the skin around the anus (called fissures) that make you bleed.

Other warning signs to watch for are: 1 Vomiting. 2 Blood in your stool. 3 Unexplained weight loss.

Having a mental health condition such as depression or an eating disorder Complications of chronic constipation include: Swollen veins in your anus (hemorrhoids). Straining to have a bowel movement may cause swelling in the veins in and around your anus. Torn skin in your anus (anal fissure). A large or hard stool can cause tiny tears in the anus.

What does it mean to have chronic idiopathic constipation?

You may have a condition called Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) which means your constipation may be caused by something other than physical or physiological. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): “Constipation.” American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Constipation.”