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Constipation is usually caused by a disorder of bowel function rather than a structural problem. Common causes of constipation include:

  • Inadequate water intake.

  • Inadequate fiber in the diet.

  • A disruption of regular diet or routine; traveling.

  • Inadequate activity or exercise or immobility.

  • Eating large amounts of dairy products.

  • Stress.

  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which is sometimes the result of pain from hemorrhoids.

  • Overuse of laxatives (stool softeners), which, over time, weaken the bowel

  • Hypothyroidism.

  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.

  • Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum.

  • Medicines (especially strong pain medicines, such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills).

  • Depression.

  • Eating disorders.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Pregnancy.

  • Colon cancer.

In some cases, lack of good nerve and muscle function in the bowel may also be a cause of constipation.

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