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Should I talk to my doctor about my constipation symptoms?

If you are experiencing symptoms related to constipation, such as changes in your bowel movement habits, you may not need to see a doctor. Most cases of constipation are mild and temporary. However, if your symptoms have occurred for three weeks or more, are severe, or you are having extreme difficulty passing stools, then you should see a doctor about your constipation symptom. If left untreated, constipation can lead to complications such as hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, fecal impaction, and diverticular disease.

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