Did you know that sales of laxatives supersede that of most medications with the exception of aspirin? $700 million is spent every year on laxatives and other medications to treat chronic constipation.
Most people avoid professional support because they are embarrassed or ashamed. But guess what? You're not alone. In fact there's a big tribe of constipated folks out there—and I used to be one of them.
Discussing pooping patterns along with poop color, texture, and smell with patients is my proud passion. This intimate approach allows me take the embarrassment out of a common problem and is also a big part of my detective work.
The body uses symptoms and signs, such as constipation and digestive complaints, to gently (or sometimes loudly) poke us when something isn't functioning optimally.
Constipation can be any or all of these: