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
- 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.
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