Downtown Gastro Medical Group
Daniel Brelian, M.D.
Gastroenterologist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA
While it’s normal to experience occasional digestive issues, chronic constipation could indicate something is wrong with your GI tract. At Downtown Gastro Medical Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Daniel Brelian treats a wide range of gastrointestinal issues that cause constipation and other uncomfortable symptoms. To find relief, call today or book an appointment online.
Constipation Q & A
What causes constipation?
Constipation happens when you can’t fully empty your bowels or when you go several days without a bowel movement. While everyone may experience constipation from time to time, long-term constipation can indicate a more serious gastrointestinal problem that may need medical treatment.
There are many different causes of constipation, but some common reasons for the condition include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Not drinking enough water or eating enough fiber
- Lack of physical activity
- Neurological conditions
- Nerve or muscle problems
- Overuse of laxatives
In some cases, rectal or colon cancer can cause constipation. Other conditions that might exacerbate symptoms are diabetes, pregnancy, stroke, or underactive thyroid.
How is constipation treated?
When it comes to digestive problems, each person is unique and requires a different treatment plan. Dr. Brelian starts with a full medical evaluation to assess your symptoms and diagnose the cause of constipation. If necessary, he might order specific medical tests or conduct a colonoscopy to check the health of your GI tract.
Some common treatments for constipation are:
- Lifestyle changes: Constipation symptoms often get better with dietary changes, such as eating more fiber or drinking more water. Getting more physical activity can also help you avoid constipation.
- Medications: In some cases, medication is necessary to help you empty your bowels or support your digestive health
If you have an underlying health issue that’s causing your symptoms, Dr. Brelian can also create a custom treatment program and work with other members of your medical team to enable your recovery.
What results can I expect from treatment?
Your gastrointestinal tract is a complex network of organs and processes, so healing from chronic constipation can take time. However, the right dietary modifications and medications can help your symptoms and get you on the path to better health. In the event that you need another type of care, Dr. Brelian can refer you to a specialist.
Dr. Brelian and the team at Downtown Gastro Medical Group offer a supportive, caring environment where you can feel safe and secure in asking questions and discussing your symptoms.
To find relief from constipation, call to schedule an appointment or book online now.