The Most Common Bowel Problems
The lack of knowledge about bowel problems is often one of the main causes for the anxiety and distress that comes with them. If they aren’t managed properly, bowel problems can have a severe impact on your quality of life. The constant worry about what’s causing your bowels to not work properly as well as the fear of embarrassment can be debilitating. That’s why knowing what’s happening with your bowels can take a lot of this pressure away. And that’s exactly what we’re here for – to help you get your carefree life back.
Are you having fewer than 3 bowel movements a week, or have you had difficulty passing stools for several weeks? Then there is a chance that you are suffering from chronic constipation. But don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about it right here.
When you’re not able to control your bowel movements and it causes you to leak you might be suffering from bowel incontinence. This can range anywhere from an occasional leakage while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. If this sounds familiar to you, click the ‘Read more’ button below. We’ve got all the necessary information for you.
If you have been suffering from constipation and a hard mass of stool has built up in your intestine, you might find yourself having watery stools but no real bowel movement. These watery stools can be fairly difficult to hold and you might be leaking. If this is the case, there is a chance that you are suffering from overflow diarrhoea.
When bowel problems can be a warning sign
Sudden changes in your bowel habits can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, an obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, or even colon cancer. So if you experience any of the following symptoms, please speak to a nurse or doctor immediately.
- Bloody diarrhoea
- Constipation that lasts for more than 3 weeks
- Unexplained urges to go for a poo
- Black or tarry-coloured stools
- Severe diarrhoea that lasts for more than 2 weeks
- Mild diarrhoea that lasts for 1 week
- Any change in bowel habits that isn’t normal for you
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