Not being able to go to the bathroom is frustrating enough, but unfortunately, constipation comes with more than just an inability to go number two. There are a handful of things that can happen inside your body when you're constipated, and they can range from plain old discomfort to more serious issues such as muscle tears or dehydration. Constipation can affect your whole body, so if you're frequently backed up, you might experience a number of other symptoms that you didn't even realize were connected to your difficulty passing bowel movements.
"Constipation can affect the way other parts of your body function and feel," Dr. Carolyn Newberry, a gastroenterologist and physician nutrition specialist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center tells Bustle. "For example, when the body is unable to move stool easily through the digestive tract, food, gas, and acid can build up in the stomach and small intestines leading to unpleasant bloating, nausea, and heartburn symptoms. Besides problems in the digestive tract itself, stool that is stuck in the colon can compress outside structures such as the bladder."
Everyone experiences constipation in different ways, but it can have a greater impact on how you feel than you might think. Here are eight things that happen inside your body when you're constipated, according to experts.