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  • Infrequent bowel movements (less than three times per week)
  • Difficulty passing stools
  • Hard, lumpy stools
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Anal fissures or hemorrhoids (from straining during bowel movements)
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Possible Causes:

  • Inadequate fiber intake
  • Inadequate fluid intake
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Certain medications (e.g. opioids, antacids)
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Changes in routine (e.g. travel, shift work)
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Colon or rectal cancer
  • Other digestive disorders (e.g. diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease)
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Gastroenterologist and Constipation Specialist

Dr. Elena Ivanina, a quadruple board-certified integrative gastroenterologist, addresses gut health concerns. As a major aspect of this, she is a constipation specialist with comprehensive training. She approaches constipation as a symptom of underlying issues, employing functional medicine to create personalized treatment plans. Dr. Ivanina’s emphasis on holistic patient care involves viewing food as medicine and recognizing its impact on gut health, which plays a role in her solutions as a constipation specialist in NYC. Her expertise spans internal medicine, gastroenterology, preventive medicine, and obesity medicine. She combines her medical knowledge with advanced training in GI functional medicine to effectively address and alleviate constipation and related conditions.

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