Everyone will occasionally have a tough time with regularity. Having less than 3 movements a week, though, means someone is experiencing constipation. If this is occurring for a long period of time, or if it keeps returning, and the reason why is unclear, this may be chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). (The term idiopathic means that the cause is unknown). This is actually a fairly common occurrence that can affect more than 1 in 10 people, according to some studies.
Symptoms of CIC
In addition to infrequent bowel movements, those who suffer from chronic idiopathic constipation also feel they have to strain and feel as though something is blocking stool. They often feel as though they had an incomplete evacuation and what stool they do produce is hard and lumpy. In some cases, they may even resort to using their fingers to help remove the stool. In addition, they often feel pain, discomfort, and bloating.
Luckily, there are many treatment options available for sufferers of chronic idiopathic constipation. The following are some treatments to potentially consider if you suffer from CIC.
Trulance – The company claims that in 12-week trials, Trulance was shown to increase people’s bowel movements by 2 a week over those taking placebos; those taking this medication regularly averaged 5 movements per week. It also increased the quality of the movements, so that they were less hard and lumpy. The company says only those over 18 years of age should take it, and those who take it should do so every day for optimal results.
The makers of this medication offer a savings card which, when activated, can get interested individuals a 90-day supply for just $25. Furthermore, eligible patients who need financial assistance or who are enrolled in Medicare Part D can often get Trulance at no cost.