Constipation Specialist

Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP -  - Gastroenterologist

Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

While everyone occasionally has constipation, if you’re chronically constipated and struggle to have bowel movements, you should talk to Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM, and the team at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition in Century City. Chronic constipation could be a sign of a more serious problem and lead to painful complications such as anal spasm and hemorrhoids. Call Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition for customized care today.

Constipation Q & A

What is constipation?

Everyone’s bowel movement routine is unique. However, if you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, you may have chronic constipation. Constipation is a condition that causes infrequent, dry, or painful bowel movements. Constipation also causes pelvic pain and cramping.

What causes constipation?

Dehydration and diet are two of the primary factors that contribute to constipation. If you don’t drink enough water or get enough fiber, your body may struggle to pass stools out of your body. However, many other conditions can cause constipation, including:

  • Blockages in your bowel
  • Anal fissures
  • Colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Bowel strictures
  • Rectoceles

Issues like a muscle spasm in your bowel or an inability to relax your pelvic muscles can also interfere with your ability to have a bowel movement. You may also have slow transit constipation, which is caused by abnormalities in the enteric nerves that control the motility of your bowel or outlet constipation which is due to an inability to push stools out of your body.

When should I talk to a doctor about constipation?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Rahbar and the team at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition if you have fewer than three bowel movements each week or if you’ve noticed an unexplained and persistent change in your bowel movement habits.

How is the cause of constipation diagnosed?

Dr. Rahbar and the team at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition diagnose the cause of your constipation with a comprehensive exam and testing. They talk to you about your diet, overall health, and bowel movements.

Your doctor may order blood or stool sample testing or additional screenings including colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy to examine your colon for abnormalities.

How is constipation treated?

Dr. Rahbar combines the best of Western and integrative medicine to treat constipation. For example, you may find relief by changing your diet and taking supplements to help your body digest food correctly and pass waste out of your body easily.

However, if you have a condition that’s obstructing your bowel, your doctor may recommend a surgical treatment or medication to repair your digestive tract.

If you’re concerned about constipation and want customized, patient-focused treatment, call Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition or make an appointment online today.