CONSTIPATION

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Constipation Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

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Constipation is a really common condition that makes it harder to have regular bowel movements.

Depending on the cause, it can differ in terms of how severe it is and the types of symptoms that are experienced. While most people tend to only experience short bouts of constipation, in more serious cases it last for a long period of time and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.

If you’re suffering from constipation symptoms or aren’t sure, don’t delay - talk to a doctor today. Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, identify the likely cause of your constipation and if needed, prescribe medication to help clear it up.

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Causes of Constipation

Constipation can be brought on in a variety of ways and it can often be hard to point to a single cause. However, there’s a range of common issues that typically aggravate the problem, including:

  • Poor dietary habits, like eating lots of junk food
  • Not getting enough fibre in your diet
  • Putting off bowel movements
  • Mental health issues like anxiety
  • Failure to drink enough fluids

Constipation is also common in children during toilet training and if they’re not getting enough nutrition in their diet.

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Treatment for Constipation

Typically, changes to diet and lifestyle are the go-to treatment for constipation. This involves things like ramping up your intake of fruit, vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids, as well as doing more exercise.

In more serious cases, or where these changes don’t have the desired results - laxatives are often prescribed to help keep bowel movements regular.

As mentioned, constipation tends to pass quickly, but in severe or long-term cases, there’s the danger of haemorrhoids (piles) developing, impaction in the bowels and incontinence.

If you’re having a severe bout of constipation, or have suffered from any of the above symptoms for more than a week, it’s recommended that you speak to a GP.

Our doctors will be able to talk through your symptoms, identify probable causes and if needed, prescribe the necessary medication to tackle the condition.

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