Constipation Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

On any given day, 16% of adults suffer the discomfort of constipation. While most cases get better in a few days, constipation can turn into a serious problem like fecal impaction or signal an underlying condition that needs medical attention. The board-certified gastroenterologists and skilled medical team of Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York, have helped many patients overcome constipation with customized care that treats the source of the problem. If you need help with constipation, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.

Constipation Q & A

How do I know I have constipation?

Most patients think of constipation as having a difficult time passing stools. While that’s the top problem, there are other symptoms of constipation:

  • Fewer than three bowel movements weekly
  • Hard or dry stools
  • Stools that are painful to pass
  • A feeling that all stool was not eliminated

Everyone’s bowel habits are different. You may not have a bowel movement every day, but if that’s typical for you and you have regular bowel movements, then going a day without a bowel movement isn’t a sign of constipation. However, everyone should eliminate stool at least once every three days.

If your constipation is accompanied by symptoms such as blood in your stool, abdominal or rectal pain, or weight loss, you should schedule an examination at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates to rule out serious health problems.

Does constipation cause gas and bloating? 

Gas is naturally produced during digestion and normally passes out of your body. Stool that stays in your colon due to constipation may block gas, trapping it in the intestine and causing bloating and pain. 

Gas and bloating may also be symptoms of other conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, malabsorption syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome.

What causes constipation?

Constipation occurs when you can’t have bowel movements or have a hard time passing stool. This problem may be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Low-fiber diet
  • Dehydration
  • Intestinal muscle dysfunction
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Certain medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Metabolic conditions

In some cases, your colon may be blocked due to tumors, scar tissue, or a twisted intestine. Conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis may also stop stool movement by narrowing the intestine.

How is constipation treated?

After reviewing your medical history and learning about your bowel and eating habits, your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates may perform additional diagnostic testing, such as blood tests, stool tests, bowel function testing, and imaging studies. You may need a colonoscopy so your doctor can identify and treat problems such as a blockage.

Your treatment is based on the cause and severity of your constipation. While there are many possible treatments for underlying health conditions, the options for relieving constipation include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Exercise
  • Bowel training
  • Fiber supplements
  • Osmotic agents
  • Stool softeners
  • Lubricants
  • Stimulants

If your constipation persists, your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates may prescribe one of several medications that promote bowel movements.

When you suffer from constipation, the team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.