Also referred to as functional constipation, chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) causes difficulty passing stools and can result in passing hard, lumpy stools or experiencing the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement. Symptoms can appear unpredictably and for a prolonged amount of time, but building an understanding can help patients find better long-term solutions.
What is it?
Who does it affect?
What causes it?
CIC is the chronic presence of constipation, which is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week, difficulty passing stools, or both. Since this type of constipation is not caused by an underlying illness, it’s referred to as idiopathic, which simply means of unknown cause.
Globally, CIC affects 14% of people with slightly more prevalence in women. It also becomes more common as people get older with most cases appearing in adults over age 35. Additional risk factors include dehydration, lack of fiber or physical activity, and anxiety and depression.
While there is no one, clear cause for chronic constipation, there are many potential reasons it occurs. As one might expect, any blockages in the colon or rectum can stop or slow stool movement through the intestines—as can nerve and muscle issues. Conditions that affect your hormones may also play a role.
THE EVENS APPROACH
Treating Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) by getting to the root cause.
With CIC, and GI health in general, there is no one size fits all. Each person is unique, and solutions vary depending on your diet, mental health, and lifestyle. That’s why our experts take a continuous care approach, working closely with you to identify the right combination of treatments that provide real, lasting relief. We won’t give up until we get it right, whether that’s on our first try, or our fourth.
Fine-tuning your treatment plan
We adjust your treatments in response to changes in your symptoms and lifestyle until we find a plan that provides long-term relief.
If necessary, we’ll order a blood, stool, or breath test to learn more about what’s going on inside your body.
An integrated mix of treatments
Ongoing expert guidance
Your treatment plan may include dietary recommendations and proven CBT methods, in addition to OTC and Rx medications.
We check in with you on a quarterly basis, and are always here to answer questions and provide support via messaging and email.
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