Constipation Specialist

It’s normal to get a little backed up once in awhile. But if you’re regularly straining to “go,” or are unable to “go” at all, it’s time to see leading gastroenterologist S. Radi Shamsi, MD. His practice, Los Angeles Gastroenterology Clinic in Santa Monica, California, has successfully helped numerous men and women get relief from constipation. He’ll figure out what’s causing your constipation, provide dietary counseling, and offer any other treatments you need to get things moving again.

Constipation Q&A

by S. Radi Shamsi, MD

How often should I be moving my bowels?

What’s normal for you might be different from your partner, or other family members. For some, it’s typical to move their bowels as often as two to three times per day. Others say they only have bowel movements a few times per week. Whatever is typical for you, that is your norm. Constipation is anything out of your norm.

So if you normally have a healthy bowel movement every morning, for instance, then it suddenly switches to every other morning, you might be constipated. Because irregularity can be so uncomfortable — and a sign of a concerning health condition — make an appointment with Dr. Shamsi.

What causes constipation?

Constipation might mean that you’re just not “going” as often as you usually do. It might also mean that you’re passing hard, dry stools, or both. Your constipation can be caused by:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle (not exercising)
  • Consuming too much or too little fiber
  • Laxatives or antacid medications
  • Having a lot of dairy in your diet
  • Not consuming enough water
  • Hemorrhoids
  • “Holding it” for too long
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Prescription medications (particularly antidepressants)
  • Colon cancer

Why is constipation a concern?

Chronic constipation isn’t always a major concern, especially if dietary changes help move your bowels. On the other hand, acute or sudden constipation can sometimes be a big concern because it’s signalling that something in your body is off. While it might just be dietary — like consuming a fiber-rich salad when you don’t usually eat a lot of veggies — it can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

Tumors, for instance, can cause constipation. Because it can be tricky to determine if constipation is dietary or health related, keep an eye on other symptoms. If you’re having blood in your stools, severe abdominal pain that makes you double over, or start losing weight unexpectedly, make an appointment with Dr. Shamsi. He’ll also want to see you right away if your constipation is paired with vomiting or nausea.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I wish I could bottle up the care this doctor gives and take it with me to every other healthcare facility I have to visit!"

    Vi L.
  • Yelp

    "I highly recommend Dr Shamshi to anyone who needs a doctor who takes time and listen intently to their patients."

    Joy G.
  • Yelp

    "I felt comfortable discussing my ailment with Dr. Shamsi, as embarrassing as it may have been. Highly recommend if your gut needs some tlc!"

    David T.
  • Yelp

    "I can not speak highly enough of Dr. Shamsi. Aside from being extremely professional and knowledgable, he is super attentive and caring."

    Debzy F.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Shamsi not only possesses all of the skills of a great doctor, he's also a very warm and generous man."

    John R.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Shamsi has been a huge help. After just one visit, he had me diagnosed, tested and treated!"

    Lu D.
  • Yelp

    "I absolutely recommend Dr. Shamsi as a physician, especially if you're facing more complex conditions that other physicians haven't been able to properly treat."

    Leanne G.
Location
Los Angeles Gastroenterology Clinic
2021 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 325E
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 424-273-5599
Fax: (310) 453-0520
Office Hours

Get in touch

424-273-5599