Acute constipation affects the digestive system suddenly as a result of poor diet, inactivity, the use of certain drugs, or other factors. When you are constipated, your colon absorbs too much water, causing dry, hard stools. This usually results in less frequent and more difficult bowel movements than normal, which may cause strain during a bowel movement. Acute constipation may also cause you to feel bloated, nauseous, or that your bowel is full.
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