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Can constipation cause chest pain?

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Constipation doesn't typically cause chest pain. The most common symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, a swollen abdomen, small stools, trouble having bowel movements and vomiting, notes WebMD. Additional symptoms include lumpy or hard stools, feeling a blockage in the rectum, and needing help with stool removal, reports Mayo Clinic.

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When these symptoms last for three months or more, the individual is suffering with chronic constipation, notes Mayo Clinic. Several dietary changes can help alleviate constipation, including drinking two to four or more glasses of water, eating prunes, and eating more fruits and vegetable, WebMD states. A stool softener or laxative may help when modifying the diet isn't enough.

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