PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

You can help your health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being ready to answer the following questions:

  • Is constipation an ongoing (chronic) problem for you, or is this a new or different episode?
  • When did this episode of constipation begin?
  • When was your last normal bowel movement?
  • Have you recently changed your diet or fluid intake, decreased your activity level, or started a new medication?
  • Have you recently changed your daily routine, such as a change in your job, school, or travel?
  • What have you tried to correct your constipation? Did it work?
  • Do you have any rectal bleeding?
  • Do you have rectal pain before, during, or after a bowel movement? If so, how long does the pain usually last?
  • Do you have a health risks?

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