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Constipation

CONSTIPATION is a common symptom and effects all age group.

What are the causes of constipation?

often no obvious cause, but

  1. Not eating enough fibre, not drinking enough water, lack of exercise, side effect of medicine, stress and anxiety

When to see a specialist?

not improving with treatment

blood in the stool with constipation

feel tired all the time

bloated

what are the complications with long term constipation?

faecal impaction- where poo has built up in the last part of the colon called rectum.

How can you treat a faecal impaction?

stronger laxatives

a suppository- medicine you place in your bottom

Enema- where fluid Is passed through your bottom, into your bowel

health professionals removing some of the poo

What tests can you do for constipation?

Thorough history is important, not all constipation’s are same, some develop after an illness, some after some medication, during pregnancy, menopause, old age and after abdominal surgeries

blood tests- thyroid, other metabolic problems

colonoscopy

colonic transit studies- simple test involving an X-ray , which shows the speed of passage through the bowel.

Anorectal physiology testing and proctography.Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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