Constipation is a symptom that may come and go and thus differs from chronic constipation.  It is a term used to describe any of the following: infrequent stools that are less than three per week, hard stools or stools that require excessive straining or pressing around the anal opening to help a bowel movement pass.  Associated symptoms can include a sense of incomplete evacuation (not feeling they have finished after a bowel movement), and bloating.  If these symptoms occur for more than 6 months, this is considered  chronic constipation.

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Chronic Constipation