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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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