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What is Chronic Constipation?

Learn about Accord's Constipation Clinical Trials
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What is chronic pain and what causes it?The truth is that pretty much everyone will experience constipation at some point over the course of their lives. Most of the time, it’s something that will resolve itself, but cases of chronic constipation have become more common. Clinical trials, like the ones we are conducting here in Port Orange, evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments which could provide better relief for people suffering from chronic constipation.

While this is a medical condition that few are willing to talk about, it’s one that many are familiar with. Those that are dealing with the more chronic symptoms know firsthand just how frustrating and even painful things can be. The research team at Accord wants Florida residents to know that they can play a pivotal role in the development of new therapies in this important field of medicine.

(Is this an opportunity that you are interested in? Please click on the link above or give us a call at (386) 760-7353.)

How Do You Know if You’re Constipated?

Technically, a person is considered constipated when things become far more difficult to complete a bowel movement (BM), or they become less frequent. Clinical studies have shown that people have a wide variety of normal bowel habits. Some need to go a few times a day, while others only go a few times a week. On average, it’s not considered healthy to go more than three days without a BM. The feces or stool starts to become more compacted and harder to pass after that amount of time.

As mentioned earlier, your typical case of constipation will rarely require medical intervention. We do advise that you talk to a doctor if you’ve struggled with at least two of the following for an extended period of time:

  • Straining to pass stool on several occasions
  • Stool that is compacted and hard frequently
  • Sensation of an incomplete evacuation on several occasions
  • Less then three BMs per week

How Do You Know if It’s Chronic Constipation?

What doctors look for when diagnosing someone with chronic constipation will vary, but the general definition refers to someone who has experienced less than three BMs a week for several months on end. This of course can be difficult to determine as people can easily underestimate the frequency of their normal bowel habits. This is why doctors must assess a variety of symptoms before making their final diagnosis. People living with medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease often suffer from chronic constipation.

What Causes the Condition?

Here’s where things can get pretty tricky as clinical studies have shown that many factors can lead to constipation. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Not drinking enough water during the day
  • Not getting enough fiber in your diet
  • Travel or some other disruption in your normal diet/routine
  • Consuming large amounts of dairy products
  • Stressful events
  • Depression
  • Certain eating disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pregnancy
  • Resisting the initial urge to have a BM (common for people with hemorrhoids)
  • IBS
  • Colon cancer
  • Prescription pain medications, iron supplements and antidepressants
  • Multiple sclerosis or other neurological illnesses
  • Overusing laxatives (weakens the bowel muscles over time)

It’s normally a disorder of the bowel function that needs to be addressed in order to relieve a patient’s symptoms– it’s far more rare for someone to develop chronic constipation as a result of some structural complication.

Do You Want to Enroll in a Constipation Clinical Trial?

If you’re interested in volunteering for a constipation clinical trial, our experienced research team will be available to answer any questions that you might have. Applicants who are looking to participate for the first time should take a moment to check out our patient resource section. It has plenty of valuable information on what to expect during your first study experience.

We’d also like you to know that accepted volunteers will be receiving compensation after they have completed the clinical trial with us. All study related tests and prescribed medication are provided free of charge.

You should also know that the facility in Port Orange, FL has all the capabilities to conduct clinical trials targeted towards a wide range of medical conditions. Even if you have never experienced constipation in your life, our dedicated team will help find the most appropriate study to enroll you in. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine please give us a call today at (386) 760-7353.