What are the signs and symptoms of constipation?
What are the symptoms of constipation?
Constipation is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. The severity of constipation and symptoms experienced will vary from person to person. Many people only experience constipation for a short period of time, but for others, constipation can be a longer-term condition that can be uncomfortable and can impact their quality of life. Here are some of the symptoms experienced when constipated:
- Having a poo for less than 3 times in the last 7 days
- Passing a stool which is large, hard, or lumpy
- Straining when you have a poo
- Experiencing pain when you have a poo
- Tummy pain, bloating and sickness
- If you’re looking after a person with dementia, a change in behaviour may be a sign that they are constipated.
If you have had symptoms for 12 weeks or more in the past 6 months, you could have chronic constipation.