Call your health care provider if you have these concerns:
Seek emergency medical care: Although constipation may be extremely uncomfortable, it is usually not serious. It may signal a serious underlying disorder, however, such as cancer of the bowel. Because constipation may lead to complications, go to a hospital's emergency department for any of the following reasons:
If you have specific disorders such as hypothyroidism, scleroderma, and lupus, you may require regular follow-ups with your health care provider.
Elderly people with a history of fecal impaction and fecal incontinence should be followed regularly to ensure that they do not develop further attacks.
Young people with anorexia nervosa need a team of specialists to assess and follow the underlying illness, as well as to provide support and education.
Most people with constipation have no physical disease
of the digestive system nor any widespread disease
associated with constipation. Most of the time, constipation is related to poor dietary habits, low fluid intake, and lack of exercise.
For people with constipation caused by illness, recovery will be determined by how sick you are.
You will usually recover well if your constipation is caused by hemorrhoids or anal fissures.