Every action has a reaction. Certain diet and lifestyle choices, as well as physiological changes, surgery and medications can trigger constipation. When stool cannot quickly pass through your digestive system, it becomes hard and dry. 1
You eat, food travels through your body, you poop. When movement stops or excess water absorbs into the bloodstream, constipation occurs. 2
Gas is simply air entering your digestive tract. But unlike burping, gas passing through the anus may contain sulfur (i.e. unpleasant odors). 1
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1. Sibanda M, Meyer JC, Maponya M, Motha T. Chronic constipation in adults. SA Pharm J 2018;85(1):34–42
2. Roerig JL, Steffen KJ, Mitchell JE, Zunker C. Laxative Abuse. Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Management. Drugs 2010;70(12):1487–1503.