constipation symptom checker

Constipation Symptom Checker

Each individual sufferer of constipation may very well experience his or her own combination of constipation symptoms. For instance, there is no set number of daily bowel movements one should have, and mitigating factors can play a role in frequency of bowel movements. There are common constipation symptoms though, such as fewer or infrequent bowel movements, straining or passing hard stools, bloated stomach and discomfort, or loss of appetite. If you have at least three of the constipation symptoms in the information section, it is very likely that you have constipation.

If you have at least three of these symptoms it is very likely that you have constipation

Trapped wind

Could be embarrassing in certain situations, but that’s usually the worst of it. You feel as though you have too much air in your tummy. This has to be released and may cause unpleasant sounds and smells.

Hard or dry stools

This could possibly just be the outcome of some days of too little water, fibre or exercise: Despite straining when you go to the toilet, you still don’t feel you can fully empty your bowels. The stool is usually dark, dry, hard and a small amount.

Blood in stools

Traces of blood in your stool are harmless in most cases, but it can be useful to know the source: Light-red blood on or in your stool mostly comes from the lower part of the intestine. Blood from the upper part makes stools significantly darker and stickier. Possible causes of blood in stools or on toilet paper include enlarged haemorrhoids or small tears in the walls of the rectum brought about by straining too hard. However, if you do have blood in you stool, its best to pay a visit to your doctor to determine the exact cause.

Loss of appetite

You eat less than before and have had no real appetite for a while. You basically feel full all the time and no longer fancy things you used to enjoy eating. Feeling full can cause discomfort, especially when it happens on a regular basis due to going to the toilet infrequently.

Discomfort or pain

Usually nothing serious, but the discomfort can affect your everyday life: You experience stabbing pains in your lower stomach when going to the toilet.

Bloated stomach

You feel uncomfortable and full of gas. This may even be clearly visible. A bloated stomach often occurs in the afternoon or evening and does not necessarily follow a meal. Excess gas in your stomach is a common symptom of constipation.

Infrequent passing of stool

As so often in life, you should follow your own rhythm here. As a rule of thumb, the ‘normal’ level ranges between three times a day and three times a week for how often people go to the toilet.

Diarrhea and constipation

Your bowel motions can vary from being mushy or watery to dry with a feeling of constipation. You sometimes don’t feel you can fully empty your bowels.

IMPORTANT

If you have a fever or extreme pain, see a doctor as soon as possible.