TYPES OF CONSTIPATION

SYMPTOMS & TYPES OF CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

TYPES OF CONSTIPATION

SYMPTOMS & TYPES OF CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

TYPES OF CONSTIPATION

SYMPTOMS & TYPES OF CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OCCASIONAL & CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

Sudden or short periods of difficult, infrequent, or incomplete bowel movements may be occasional constipation. Constipation symptoms that keep coming back or seem to last for a long time—more than 3 months—could indicate a medical condition known as chronic constipation.

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TIME TO TALK ABOUT YOUR SYMPTOMS?

Don’t wait for your annual visit, or even your next visit. If you’re experiencing symptoms of constipation over and over again, talk to a doctor to see if it could be IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation) or CIC (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation).

WHAT COULD SMALL, HARD STOOLS MEAN?

The Bristol Stool Form Scale makes it easier to understand and talk about stools. The scale helps assess how long stools have been in the bowel by assigning them a number based on their size, shape, and consistency.

Type 1 stools have spent the most time in the bowel; type 7 have spent the least. Stools resembling types 1 - 2 may indicate constipation, types 3 - 5 are typically considered normal bowel movements, and types 6 - 7 could mean diarrhea.

Answer 5 quick questions to see if you could have more than occasional constipation. Check my symptoms.

Type 1 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 1 stools resemble small, hard lumps.

Small, hard lumps

Type 2 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 2 stools appear log-like but lumpy.

Log-like but lumpy

Type 3 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 3 stools appear log-like with surface cracks.

Log-like with surface cracks

Type 4 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 4 stools appear smooth and snake-like.

Smooth & snake-like

Type 5 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 5 stools resemble soft blobs with clear-cut edges.

Soft blobs with clear-cut edges

Type 6 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 6 stools appear fluffy with ragged edges.

Fluffy with ragged edges

Type 7 stool icon: Bristol Stool Form Scale type 7 stools appear watery with no solid pieces.

Watery, no solid pieces

Constipation

Normal

Diarrhea

Modified from original version. © 2000 Rome Foundation. Used with permission.

YOUR CONSTIPATION COULD BE CHRONIC, NOT OCCASIONAL

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) are types of chronic constipation. “Idiopathic” means the cause is unknown.

SYMPTOMS

OF IBS-C

CONSTIPATION

  • Lumpy or hard stools
  • Incomplete bowel movements
  • Fewer than 3 bowel movements a week

ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Discomfort
  • Bloating

SYMPTOMS

OF CIC

CONSTIPATION

  • Lumpy or hard stools
  • Incomplete bowel movements
  • Fewer than 3 bowel movements a week

LINZESS IS FOR ADULTS WITH IBS-C OR CIC

LINZESS is a prescription treatment that helps you have more frequent and complete bowel movements and helps relieve belly pain and overall abdominal symptoms* (pain, discomfort, and bloating) associated with IBS-C.

*Abdominal symptoms were studied in combination, not individually.

LINZESS is a once-daily capsule that helps adults proactively manage their symptoms.”

Dr. Susan Lucak,

Gastroenterologist