The German Society for Gastroenterology and Metabolism said that constipation is chronic if defecation occurs less than 3 times a week for at least 12 weeks.
Other symptoms of chronic constipation include hard, lumpy stools, a feeling of anal obstruction, a feeling of not completely emptying the stool, a feeling of pressure in the intestines and abdominal pain, in addition to nausea and the need to take laxatives.
The association added that chronic constipation may lead to serious consequences in the form of infection hemorrhoids Fecal incontinence, anal fissures, and anal prolapse (anal prolapse) And diverticulitis.
Coping with constipation
To combat chronic constipation, you should eat foods rich in dietary fiber at a rate of 30 grams per day, and their food sources are vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, while drinking sufficient fluids at a rate of 1.5 to two liters per day, in addition to continuing to practice sports and motor activities in order to Stimulating bowel movement.
If these measures do not work in the face of chronic constipation, then a doctor should be consulted.