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Is chronic constipation serious?

Chronic constipation is often uncomfortable and may lead to complications. The effects of straining to have a bowel movement can be serious, and include hemorrhoids, bleeding, and protruding rectal lining. You may also experience dry stool that gets lodged in the colon and causes the area to be impacted, which can lead to severe pain and discomfort. Many people with chronic constipation rely on laxatives to relieve their symptoms and this reliance can create malfunctions in the intestines. Such malfunctions can result in serious damage to your gastrointestinal tract. In children, chronic constipation can lead to urinary tract infections and bedwetting. Chronic constipation is also serious when it is a symptom of a serious medical issue, which can include multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, lupus, and others. These usually have other accompanying symptoms.

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