Chronic constipation can make vein problems worse

74161640_M (2)We’ve all been there. It’s a universal problem that the littlest baby to the oldest senior can relate to –– feeling bloated, clammy, uncomfortable, and tight because of constipation.

It’s a far too common condition. Everyone has a different schedule for bowel movements. For some people, it’s a daily occurrence or even several times a day, while others may struggle with days between movements.

Chronic constipation occurs when you regularly experience periods of three days or more between bowel movements.

Several factors can cause chronic constipation such as:

  • Poor diet
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Too much dairy
  • Stress
  • Medication use
  • Eating disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Colon Cancer and other chronic conditions

Chronic constipation doesn’t feel good, and it can be very hard on your body, especially your veins. If you suffer from constipation caused by obesity, poor diet, or a lack of water or fiber, you are more at risk of developing vein health issues like varicose or spider veins. The stress of constipation can also put more pressure on your veins, which can cause blockages.

If you are suffering from constant constipation issues, you know that finding a solution isn’t always easy. Work closely with your family doctor and a specialist, if need be, to find something that helps you feel better. If you are concerned about developing vein issues as a side effect of your constipation, see our doctors.

We can perform ultrasounds to look for underlying blockages that may be developing into varicose or spider veins. The earlier we identify the problem, the easier it will be to treat the issue and prevent more serious developments.

Many of the treatments we recommend for the early prevention of vein issues may also help improve your constipation. Try these strategies:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Losing weight
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables
  • Eating plenty of fiber
  • Reducing your sodium intake
  • Increasing your exercise and daily activity

These prevention steps may also help improve your digestive health and may help resolve your constipation. You should always work with your doctor to find the right treatment to improve your gut health and reduce the frequency of constipation.

Just like your vein health, prevention is key to reducing your chances of developing constipation. Take these preventive steps to address your overall health, and you may find you feel better. If you still struggle with vein issues, book an appointment with us today.