You have to understand that you are suffering from constipation when you find out that you are having a feeling of insufficient evacuation of bowel movement and the stool you are passing is hard and dry. You will feel pain while you are passing the stool.
Most of the people have the misconception that if you do not have daily bowel movements then you are suffering from constipation. But this has been proved to be false. Medical science itself discards this view. You are said to have constipation if your bowel movement is less than three times a week. Constipation symptoms are quite hard to find, because it does not have any fixed symptom.
Actually constipation itself is a symptom of other underlying diseases. But still some of the constipation symptoms can be listed as, dry and hard stools, painful movement of bowel, and too much strain while passing the stool, feeling bloated, feeling of an evacuation which is incomplete and feeling uneasy and sluggish.
Constipation is the symptom of an unhealthy colon. When your colon has an accumulation of waste materials and toxins and the bowel movement is not regular, it gives rise to constipation. There are other symptoms of unhealthy colon like diarrhea, gas, cramps and bloating.
One of the best ways to be sure whether you are having constipation or not is to check with the doctor. There are some medical tests which can help you to know what you are suffering from and then the doctor can prescribe you medicines for that. You need to treat constipation as soon as possible because in the beginning constipation is not serious and is temporary.
But with time the constipation symptoms might get permanent and you can suffer from chronic constipation. There are certain laxatives which can help you clear the bowel movement. But before treating constipation find out the actual cause.