It's been two days since you last shit, which seems unusual, but eventually the time will come, right? Then it's three and four days until you finally go a week without shit.
There is a possibility that you may have experienced this inconvenient scenario since constipation – defined as less than three bowel movements per week – affects about 42 million Americans each year. In fact, most of us are arrested about every other month, explains Drs. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer of WebMD, Men's Health .
If you are constipated, it is probably the most important thing for you to find relief. But you may also ask yourself, can it really be dangerous to be clogged? And how long is too long not to be shit?
Despite extreme constipation stories, you do not have to worry about dying or dying, says Whyte.
"Our guts are like hoses, [and] They are pretty strong hoses," he says.
Constipation becomes dangerous if you develop a bowel obstruction due to infested feces in your digestive tract, which, however, generally occurs in people who have health problems, such as Parkinson's disease.
"Normally most of us are not affected," he says.
When should you be worried that you lack the poop? That really depends.
"On average, most of us do not have a bowel movement every day," he explains.
Some people actually only have bowel movements a few times a week, says dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.
"It's very variable and people often know their own habits," he says. That said, "If you do not drive for more than three consecutive days, you should grab your attention," he warns. Smoother gets worried when patients are clogged for more than a week, especially if they are unable to deliver gas, have abdominal pain, and have a swollen stomach.
This could be a sign of intestinal obstruction. When this happens, the infested feces prevent blood from flowing into your intestines, causing stomach pains ̵
Whyte says that you most likely know if your feces are affected because it feels like there is something in the anus.
"It's very uncomfortable, everything is saved," he explains.
Both Glatter and Whyte recommend taking action before reaching this point. Start by eating prunes or taking a mild laxative such as Miralax. If that does not work, it's time to see your doctor.