Understanding The Symptoms of Constipation

Published on February 5, 2016

Is your stool hard or like small pellets?

Do you poop now only once per week rather than several times?

If so, not to worry, you’re not alone. Constipation is common and many people experience it from time to time.  Constipation is simply the passing of painful or hard stool and is usually combined with having less bowel movement than normal.

Common Constipation Causes

Are you aware of some of the causes of constipation?  If not, take a look.  Your lifestyle could be what’s binding you up.  Some common causes of constipation might include dehydration, not getting enough exercise, eating a low-fibre diet, a high fat diet, consuming too much cheese or yoghurt, pregnancy, or changes in routine.

Travelling also can plug you up, and having to use a strange bathroom can too.  Also, if you delay going to the toilet when you feel that need to go, you could be encouraging constipation. 

Constipation Symptoms

If you’re finding it hard to go, but aren’t sure if you’re plugged up, there might be some other common signs and symptoms of constipation you might be experiencing that’ll give you a heads up.  

Remember, that the symptoms you experience might not be the same that others have, since everyone is different.  In addition, your diet, age, and bowel habits will have an effect on the symptoms you experience as well. However, overall, these symptoms below are fairly common in most people suffering with this problem. They include:

  • Finding it hard to pass stool or having to strain.
  • Cramping and abdominal pain.
  • Feeling bloated or excessive gas.
  • Infrequent bowel movements.
  • Finding it difficult to start or complete a poo.

A decrease in your appetite or feeling lethargic can be symptoms of constipation, however since they can also be symptoms of more serious conditions; you should consult your doctor.

How to Relieve Constipation

You should first attempt a more conservative approach to constipation relief, such as changing the food you eat or embarking on more exercise. Exercise is not only good for your general health, but helps keep your stool moving through your colon.

As part of your lifestyle changes, you should consider adding add more fibre to your diet too, and drink plenty of water; 6 to 8 glasses each day. If this natural remedy doesn’t work, then laxatives may help do the trick. You can get laxative tablets and laxative suppositories over the counter at all pharmacies, or even online. If you have a more serious case that is not responding to constipation medication, you should go to your doctor who might do some testing to look for any underlying conditions or diseases that may be causing the constipation.

Constipation is nothing to be embarrassed about and don’t let it stop you talking to your local pharmacist or doctor. There are easy lifestyle changes you can make and products at your pharmacy to help you get the relief you need.

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