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Symptoms of Constipation

It’s a tricky problem to define, largely because our digestive systems all function slightly differently. What might be normal for you might not be normal for someone else.

Constipation symptoms include:

  • Hard, dry or lumpy stools
  • Stools that are unusually large or small
  • Straining when going to the toilet
  • Feeling that your bowels are full
  • Fewer than three bowel movements a week (unless you know this is normal for you)
  • Stomach ache or pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Pain caused by constipation can range from a dull, constant tummy ache to shorter, sharper cramps felt across the abdomen. If you’re experiencing more severe, unmanageable pain, it could be a sign of something more serious than symptoms of constipation.  Seek advice from your GP. 

Likewise, if you notice any blood coming from your back passage – appearing on toilet paper or in the toilet – it is advisable that you contact your GP.