When you talk about constipation it's surprising how people's symptoms vary

We all know when something doesn't feel right don't we?

When you talk to other people about how you’re feeling, you’ll realise how much the symptoms of not feeling “quite yourself” vary. You’ll know what’s normal for you, but we’re all different. Some people get stomach ache, feel bloated or a bit sick, or even lose their appetite.

But, if you’re not going to the toilet as often as usual, you’re straining or are having difficulty passing your stools, this is known as constipation.

Most of the time, constipation is nothing to worry about and your body may return to its normal rhythm within a few days but sometimes your digestive system might just need a helping hand.

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 on 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 your symptoms it is important to get checked out by your doctor.

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