Nervous system disorders: Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, strokes, and spinal cord injuries reduce nerve function, slowing gut performance.
Talk to your doctor if you think any of these conditions are causing your constipation.
You're on medication
Certain medications, especially opioid pain relievers, cause blockage. Some supplements also contribute to constipation by slowing down your gut's motility:
- Opioids, including codeine, morphine, Percocet, Vicodin
- Iron or calcium supplements
- Diabetes and Parkinson's meds
- Blood pressure treatments
- Antacids like Imodium and Pepto-Bismol
Laxative dependence can also lead to constipation. The occasional laxative can be helpful, but don't let your body rely on laxatives to poop. If your meds are preventing regular BMs, talk to your doctor.
Depression, pregnancy, and digestive disorders may also cause constipation. In these cases, your doctor can help you figure out the best approach to improving your bowel function. Remember, healthy living is the first step to healthy poops!