A lot of people experience some pain when doing major business in the bathroom. Here are a few reasons behind painful poops and what you can do about it.
- You’re not drinking enough water
The body requires a certain amount of water to be absorbed before it eliminates excess in stool, so if you do not drink enough water bowel movements can become very hard and brittle.
This lack of water leads to difficulty with stool passage and common symptoms of constipation including straining, cramping, abdominal pain, and bloating,
What you can do about it: Drinking enough water (or eating foods with high water content, like cucumbers) can help you stay hydrated and ensure your bowel movements are easy to pass.
- You have a food intolerance
Sometimes abdominal discomfort and painful pooping may be caused by food intolerances such as lactose, fructose, or gluten. These can lead to abdominal distension and discomfort.
What you can do about it: Some of these intolerances can be tested for, which can help you avoid problematic foods. Others require trial-and-error elimination diets to determine the offending agents.