What is Constipation?
Constipation is a very frequent symptom which affects approximately 15% of the UK population. It is characterized by a difficulty or inability to pass stools or a reduction in the frequency of bowel motions. This can lead to considerable pain and discomfort and have a great impact on people’s quality of life.
Causes of Constipation
There are many possible and often overlapping causes which include:
- Changes in the anal sphincter complex (perianal problems)
- Dietary factors
- Lifestyle factors
- Psychological factors
- Side effects from medications
Treatment options include dietary advice, lifestyle changes, simple natural remedies and medical therapy (such as different classes of laxatives and bowel stimulants).
If you are concerned about constipation, you can book a consultation with Dr Goel to discuss investigation and treatment options best suited to you.