4 doctors weighed in:
What causes chronic constipation and how do I get rid of it?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree
In brief: See below
The cause of chronic constipation in most cases is uclear. Potential causes include celiac disease, thyroid disease, hypercalcemia, adhesions, outlet dysfunction, poor diet and medications among others.
The best initial treatment is a stool softener such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily. If you have bleeding, weight loss or are over 50 you should have a colonoscopy if you haven't already.

In brief: See below
The cause of chronic constipation in most cases is uclear. Potential causes include celiac disease, thyroid disease, hypercalcemia, adhesions, outlet dysfunction, poor diet and medications among others.
The best initial treatment is a stool softener such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily. If you have bleeding, weight loss or are over 50 you should have a colonoscopy if you haven't already.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Thomas Knecht
Would only add that fiber laxatives (such as [psyllium) are very effective for chronic constipation not related to disease.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Poor diet and fluids
Not enough fiber and inadequate fluids.
You need 20-25 grams of fiber and 80-100 ounces of alcohol free, caffeine free fluids every day, more if strenuous excercise is part of your daily routine.

In brief: Poor diet and fluids
Not enough fiber and inadequate fluids.
You need 20-25 grams of fiber and 80-100 ounces of alcohol free, caffeine free fluids every day, more if strenuous excercise is part of your daily routine.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Andrea Brand
Board Certified, Family Medicine
7M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors