Bowel problems are common in men and women of all ages, but people with Parkinson’s are more likely to have these problems than people who don’t have the condition.

Constipation is common in people with Parkinson’s.

Constipation in Parkinson’s can be caused by the following: 

  • Parkinson’s symptoms. Slowness of movement and rigidity affect the muscles in the bowel wall, so food is not moved along in the bowel.

  • The same changes that occur in brain cells in Parkinson’s disease may also occur in nerve cells in the spinal cord and the intestinal wall. These changes may slow down the muscles that push food through the intestines.

  • Medications used to treat Parkinson’s can also play a part in constipation.

Constipation can be managed, seek help from your doctor.

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