Constipation can be eased by making simple changes to both diet and lifestyle. This may include eating a high fibre diet although this may not suit everyone’s individual needs. Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding caffeine where possible may help to prevent constipation.
Medication such as an oral laxative, which will help towards emptying the bowel, can be prescribed to treat constipation.
Lifestyle changes, diet and laxatives are quite effective, although occasionally it can take several months to re establish a normal bowel motion pattern.
For most people constipation rarely causes any complications, but people with long-term constipation can develop:
- haemorrhoids (piles)
- faecal impaction (where dry, hard stools collect in the rectum)
- faecal incontinence (the leakage of liquid poo/ stools/ faeces)
By the time you come to see us at The Functional Gut Clinic you may well have had these symptoms for some time and tried many different treatments. It is our aim to use our advanced testing techniques to find out exactly what is and isn’t working properly with your bowel and diet. We can then use this information to help personalise your treatment and improve your symptoms.