How does acute constipation affect the body?

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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Constipation is a temporary condition characterized by infrequent bowel movements (BM), passing hard stools or straining when you do have a bowel movement. A change in diet is often all it takes to reduce your chances of becoming ...

constipated. In some cases constipation can be a sign of a more serious condition, especially if you experience symptoms such as bloody stool or rectal pain. Learn more about ways to prevent and treat constipation with expert advice from Sharecare.

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