Gut Motility: Lifestyle & Diagnostics

Gut Motility: Lifestyle & Diagnostics
Published on, 17 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Fruwhe Oghenerume and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


About 30 minutes ago, I had a severe bout of constipation that caused intense distress. It felt like a hard stool might puncture or shift in my colon, making it hard to breathe. I was genuinely worried it could be life-threatening. Could constipation be fatal?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Based on your history, it's likely a motility disorder of your gut. If it's not a recurrent issue, adjusting your lifestyle and diet, like increasing fiber intake and staying hydrated, along with using stool softeners or laxatives, could help. However, if the condition recurs, I recommend undergoing a colonoscopy with stool histology or microscopy to rule out or confirm any possible colonic gut cancer for further management.



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