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.
- Q How do other conditions affect constipation?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with chronic constipation?
- Q What is constipation?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with acute constipation?
- Q Is chronic constipation serious?
- Q Does constipation affect women differently than men?