Because of the disruption of the normal flow of digestive materials down the digestive tract, someone with diverticulitis may have less than 3 stools a week. In cases of severe constipation, one can have one stool or less per week.
Constipation comes with lower abdominal discomfort, small stools, hard stools, straining when having bowel movements, and rectal bleeding.
Difficulty emptying the bowels can lead to “straining”, which can cause anal fissures. Constipation is not a normal part of the digestive process. Stools should pass quickly and easily, and be nicely formed.
Small, hard stools that are difficult to pass shouldn’t be the norm. If you’ve been accustomed to these types of stools for a while, then you need to seriously re-examine your diet and make sure you’re getting enough fiber.
If you’re constipated on a regular basis, you should drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and eat prunes and bran cereal.