Constipation is a medical condition all by itself, but it can also be a symptom of something else, or caused by another condition.
Some of the other conditions that sometimes go with constipation are:
Occasionally constipation can be a sign of something more serious. It's unusual but in some cases constipation can be a sign of:
In a very few number of cases constipation can also be a symptom of an obstruction somewhere, so if you experience stomach pains or see traces of blood or mucus or in your stools contact your doctor immediately.
Constipation alone is not a symptom of bowel cancer but if you are experiencing unusual or unexpected changes then you must first visit your GP. Although you might feel embarrassed to talk about them, it is important to get checked out by your doctor.
If you have worries then this organisation may be able to help www.BowelCancerUK.org.uk.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
A progressive condition which affects the nervous system.
If you think you could have this condition, see your doctor as soon as possible.
A condition which affects the co-ordination of body movements.
If you believe you have this condition please seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Damage to the spinal cord
Injuries to the spinal cord can affect the nerves leading to the bowel.
Damage to the spinal cord must be examined by your doctor as soon as possible.