More about constipation (Posted late on 07/21 from 07/18)

Once in a while, constipation can be a symptom of an illness or an atypical condition that affects the digestive tract, the brain or the spinal cord. As  drugs.com points out, the following can be some of the reasons for constipation to occur:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • An intestinal obstruction
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Abnormally high blood calcium levels (Hypercalcemia)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury

There are also a couple of other reasons constipation can occur. One of those is abnormal positioning of pelvic organs. In women, an example would be uterine prolapse, or the sagging of the uterus. Another example can be abnormal contraction of muscles in the pelvis.

Constipation is actually a very common issue. It affects at least 80% of people at one time or another during their lifetime. People in America seek treatment for constipation which amounts to more than 2.5 million doctor visits annually. They also spend on the average of $800 million annually for laxatives.

Many adults reportedly suffer from constipation. The risk increases dramatically for those individuals age 65 or over; both males and females have reported to have constipation more often as they age.

You, as their caregiver now know some of the issues that can lead to constipation. What you do with this knowledge will either prove that you believe that With Age Comes Respect or not!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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