By Alana Sibley
Constipation pain may be a direct pain, or a referred pain.
An example of direct pain
Gastroenteritis is inflammation caused by constipation. This inflammation has a negative effect on the tissue or organ, resulting in abdominal pain.
This pain is caused by constipation, but felt in other areas of the body.
No matter what area of the body is pained by constipation, the pain is real. The only way to find relief is to address the underlying problem of constipation.
In this article, I will discuss the different constipation pains, with links to articles dealing with each one. Many of these symptoms and problems are interwoven.
Constipation causes you to retain waste material in the colon. When the digestive system is not working properly toxins build up in the body.
When foods break down into waste and the waste is not eliminated the body can become like a septic tank and become toxic. These toxins cause headaches. Read about constipation and migraines.
In fact, the most frequently reported constipation pain is stomach pain. It may show up as a full feeling, nausea or cramps.
When stool is hard it tends to move less easily through the colon. Blockages can form, and these can irritate the colon. This irritation can cause the normal contractions of the colon to turn into spasms, which shows up as stomach pain.
Constipation means that your bowel's fecal movement has slowed down or stopped. When the colon is backed up, it backs up the small intestine.
when the intestines are backed up, the stomach has an interruption in the gastric emptying process. This is why some people with constipation experience heartburn.
When you are not eating a well-balanced diet and suffer with constipation, your stomach may experience painful bloating and gas.
Abdominal pain is caused by inflammation, distention of an organ, or by loss of blood supply to an organ. It may also be caused by harsh contractions of intestinal muscles.
Back pain could be considered as a side-effect or symptom of constipation. This may be due to any of the following:
This affects muscles and nerves in the adjoining area, and may trigger back pain.
When waste has built up in your colon, it can put pressure on the nerves of the lower back.
It’s normally the lower portion of the colon that becomes irritated from constipation. The longer the waste stays in the colon, the dryer and harder it becomes.
This causes one to strain and push using lower back muscles that are already stressed, adding even more constipation pain.
There have been studies done that prove constipation is associated with acne.
Acne is an indication, that something is wrong in your body.
When a person is constipated, as much as a pound of fecal matter a day can be added to their colon. The good news is, when a person is able to clear out this fecal matter, the extra weight disappears.
Constipation may also cause water retention, which in turn causes temporary weight gain. However, more long-term weight gain can be caused by constipation.
When the body finds it difficult to eliminate accumulated fecal matter, metabolism slows down. A slower metabolism means that fewer calories are consumed, resulting in weight gain.
Taking a regular probiotic may help resolve gas problems.
Constipation makes it very difficult to pass gas, leading to discomfort and pain. Gas pain occurs when gas builds up and cannot be expelled.
Please see constipation and abdominal pain
This gas is more likely to have a foul odor when one is constipated, which can be quite embarrassing.
Also, constipation can cause fissures in the anus, which in turn can be very painful when gas is expelled from the body.
Research has found that constipation may result in depression and anxiety. There is a direct correlation of emotional distress and constipation.
Prolonged irregular bowel movements produce stress, worry and fear. Being uncomfortable for any length of time can make a person irritable and withdrawn.
Constipation can lead to many problems in the body, not to mention a lower quality of life. For ultimate digestive health, a daily magnesium supplement may be taken.
There is no sense in suffering from constipation pain or letting it control your life when you don’t have too.
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