Almost everyone has pain in the abdomen at some point. Most of the time it’s not serious. That said the intensity of pain doesn’t always indicate the cause or reflect its severity. For example, while patients suffering from common gastritis may report severe pain, patients with early appendicitis or colon cancer (both potentially terminal) may present with little to no pain at all.

The cause of chronic constipation cannot always be identified, but the most significant factor appears to be the painful passing of a stool once constipation has already developed.

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