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Acute Constipation

Bowel Movement

Annette van Gessel & Marta Campbell
26.01.2015  11:34 Uhr

In the case of acute constipation, those affected ask for advice at the pharmacy and seek rapid help for their complaints. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "acute constipation".

A flight passing several time zones will not only unsettle the sleep rhythm but it often also affects digestion. Some people react to unaccustomed food at their travel destination with constipation. The long hours during a flight or a car journey can also cause constipation due to the lack of movement.

A feverish illness could yet be another reason. This, combined with having to stay in bed for several days, may also upset the regular bowel movement. Although these are temporary complaints, they do strongly impair the well-being of the affected persons. If there is no bowel movement, they will suffer from flatulence, bloating and even stomach cramps. This will spoil any recreation on the trip abroad. Many seek advice from a chemist first. Before a remedy can be recommended, PTA or the chemist need to ask a number of questions. The aim is a regular bowel movement at least every three days.

Important questions for the consultation

  • When did you have your last bowel movement?
  • Do you have any other complaints apart from the constipation?
  • Is there any explanation for your present problem?
  • Have you had a different diet from your normal one during the last few days?
  • Have you eaten more than usual during the last few days and had less movement than normally?
  • Have you already taken any medication for the constipation?
  • Has your doctor prescribed a new drug for you?
  • Have you already consulted your doctor concerning this condition?

Additional information

  • Drink two to three litres of fluid a day, preferably mineral water.
  • Try if a glass of water or fruit juice taken on an empty stomach early morning will trigger a bowel movement.
  • You should consult your doctor first before taking laxatives over a longer period of time.
  • Include more fibres in your diet and drink for example prune or sauerkraut juices.
  • Allow sufficient time for your toilet visit, under no circumstances should you postpone it.
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Beschwerden symptoms
Ballaststoffe fibres
Beschwerden complaints
Bewegung movement
Blähungen flatulence
Darmträgheit constipation, sluggishness oft he bowels
Fruchtsaft fruit juice
Laxanzien laxative
Pflaumensaft prune juice
Sauerkrautsaft Sauerkraut juice
Stuhlgang bowel movement
Toilettengang going to the toilet
Verstopfung constipation
Vocabulary on acute constipation