Constipation or Stool Delay in Seniors

Constipation or Stool Delay in Seniors

Stool delay can be of 3 types:

Acute, which is also accompanied by a delay of gases, a feeling of bloating, and a painful sensation in the stomach. This is how diseases that are treated on an emergency basis only by surgery are manifested. These are mesenteric thrombosis (blockage of the vessels that feed the intestines), as well as acute intestinal obstruction, which can be caused by adhesions, tumors, diverticula, and lengthening of the sigmoid colon. These are most common in old age.

Episodic delay chair. Usually, it is associated with a poor diet.

Chronic constipation. People talk about it when the signs of constipation, which we considered in the previous section, are observed for at least six months.

The main cause of chronic constipation in older people is a decrease in the tone of the muscles of the intestinal wall (intestinal atony). It develops as a result of physiological aging when the motor activity of the muscles of the intestinal wall decreases. Simultaneously with atony, the sensitivity of the rectum deteriorates, and it is not able to send signals to the brain that it is time to go to the toilet.

Intestinal atony develops earlier and is more severe in people who:

suffer from atherosclerotic changes in the arteries supplying the intestines;

did not receive adequate treatment for bowel diseases, such as infectious inflammation or dysbiosis;

suffer from diabetes;

move a little;

follow a diet rich in simple carbohydrates, but poor in fiber;

experience constant stress;

take painkillers, iron-containing, diuretic, anticholinergic or stomach acidifying drugs, as well as sorbents, antidepressants, drugs against epilepsy;

have issues like intestinal worms;

are obese;

have reduced thyroid function;

underwent surgery associated with the organs in the stomach.

The fact that chronic constipation has arisen due to intestinal atony can be thought of on the basis of cramping abdominal pain, the urge to defecate, belching and nausea.

Chronic constipation may also develop in older people who suffer from intestinal spasm. Intestinal spasm occurs because of frequent stress, malnutrition (love of spicy food, convenience foods, alcohol), past intestinal infections, helminth infections, and food allergies.

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