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Symptoms of Constipation

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages; however symptoms can vary between sufferers. It can mean that you're not passing stools regularly or you're unable to completely empty your bowel. Some people just experience a spot of difficulty, having to "strain" on the toilet, while others may have physical discomfort.

Constipation can cause your stools to be hard and lumpy, as well as unusually large or small. Use the chart below to identify constipation:

Bristol stool chart

Other symptoms that may accompany constipation are:

  • Stomach aches and cramps
  • Feeling bloated
  • Feeling sick
  • Loss of appetite

The severity of constipation varies from person to person. Many people only experience constipation for a short time, but for others, constipation can be a long-term (chronic) condition that causes significant pain and discomfort and affects quality of life. If your symptoms persist for a long period, consult your GP as it may signify a chronic condition or another disorder like IBS.

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