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Health Tip: When Constipation Requires a Doctor's Appointment

-- While most instances of constipation aren't serious, occasionally, cases of infrequent or difficult bowel movements should be evaluated by a doctor.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of warning signs that you should talk to your doctor about constipation:

  • You're constipated for the first time or it occurs for you very infrequently.
  • You've been treating constipation at home with more fiber, fluids and exercise for at least three weeks, but have no improvement.
  • You have abdominal pain.
  • You have bloody stools.
  • You have unexplained weight loss.
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Posted: July 2009