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Pooping Troubles

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Why are you having trouble pooping?
Air Date: 3/10/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Stephen Wangen, MD
stephen wangenDr. Stephen Wangen is the Medical Director and co-founder of the IBS Treatment Center. He has been seen and heard on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio and television. Having suffered from IBS himself, Dr. Wangen dedicated his life to solving this complex problem. Since 2005 the IBS Treatment Center has successfully helped thousands of patients from around the country end their digestive problems.

Pooping Troubles
Constipation occurs when your bowel movements are difficult or less frequent than normal.

It happens to most people at some point in life, and it may resolve on its own. If you're going more than three days without pooping, you're probably constipated.

Constipation can come from changes in your life and diet:

  • Travel
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough fiber
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Eating a lot of dairy
  • Consuming calcium-based antacids
  • Certain medications
  • Not enough activity
There are other factors that can impact your bowel movements. There could be a colon condition, nervous system issue, or thyroid problem causing the constipation. You may need to see a doctor if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks.

Why are you having trouble pooping?

Listen in as Dr. Stephen Wangen discusses constipation.
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