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Constipation Symptoms

Usually first symptoms of constipation do not affect the overall well-being of a person experiencing it. Oftentimes, a person may notice that he doesn't experience bowel movement as often as normal. What is "normal" actually varies from person to person. Some people defecate only once or twice a week and that is perfectly normal and healthy, unless it affects their health in a negative way. Others are used to daily bowel movement.

In addition to being unable to void bowels for an unusually long period of time, a person usually starts experiencing sharp stomach pains. First, the pain is localized, but then it spreads to the whole area of the abdomen. "Stomach rumbling" and vomiting are also common. In some rare cases, something known as "paradoxical diarrhea" may occur, when soft fecal matter from the small intestine is able to bypass the hardened feces in the colon.

Warning Signs:
If a person suffering from constipation starts vomiting, develops cold sweat and asymmetrical enlargement of the abdominal area is observed, hospital intervention is likely required. Get that person to the hospital as fast as possible.

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