"Once you start talking about it, it's surprising how many women suffer from it."
"I sometimes feel like I must have eaten glass in my food."
We all know when something doesn't feel right don't we?
When you talk to other people about how you're feeling, you'll realise how much the symptoms of not feeling 'quite yourself' vary too.
You know what's normal for you, but we're all different. When you talk to other people about how you're feeling, you'll realise how much the symptoms vary too. Some people get a tummy ache, feel bloated or a bit sick – or even lose their appetite.
But if you're not having a poo as often as usual, you're straining or having difficulty passing a poo, this is known as constipation.
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Most of the time, constipation is nothing to worry about and your body may return to it's normal rhythm within a few days but sometimes your digestive system might just need a helping hand.
If you're suffering with chronic constipation - constipation that's lasted for more than a week, or comes back after you've treated it - have a word with your doctor or pharmacist.
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In a very few number of cases constipation can also be a symptom of an obstruction somewhere, so if you experience stomach pains or see traces of blood or mucus on your poo contact a medical professional immediately.
Constipation alone is not a symptom of bowel cancer but if you are experiencing unusual or unexpected changes then you must first visit your GP.
Although you might feel embarrassed to talk about your symptoms it is important to get checked out by your doctor.
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