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 does constipation affect the body?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with chronic constipation?
- Q Is constipation a serious problem?
- Q What is constipation?
- Q Does acute constipation affect women differently than men?
- Q Can acute constipation occur more than once?