CONSTIPATED? THE SYMPTOM CHECKER

Symptom checker

The symptom checker will help you understand the symptoms you are experiencing and provide you with further information and advice.

Always use this as a guide only. For a full medical diagnosis, always consult your GP.

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If you are under 16 you should always speak to your parent, carer or GP if you have any concerns over your health.

Please answer the questions below to help you find the treatment which is best for you

 

1. Gender

  • Male
  • Female

2. How often do you have fewer than three bowel movements (0-2) a week?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

3. How often do you have hard or lumpy stools?

  • Never
  • Less than 1 day a month
  • 1 day a month
  • 2 to 3 days a month
  • 1 day a week
  • More than 1 day a week
  • Every day
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4. How often do you strain during bowel movements?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

5. How often do you have a feeling of incomplete emptying after bowel movements?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

6. How often do you have a sensation that the stool could not be passed, (i.e.,blocked), when having a bowel movement?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

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7. How often do you have difficulty relaxing or letting go to allow the stool to come out during a bowel movement?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

8. Did any of the constipation symptoms included in the previous questions (Q2 to Q7) begin more than 6 months ago?

  • No
  • Yes

9. How often do you have loose, mushy or watery stools?

  • Never or rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often
  • Most of time
  • Always

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10. Do you have discomfort or pain anywhere in your tummy?

  • No
  • Yes

11. Have you noticed any bleeding from your bottom or blood or mucus in your poo?

  • No
  • Yes

12. Have you experienced any unexpected weight loss?

  • No
  • Yes

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13. Have you noticed a new lump in your tummy which doesn't go away?

  • No
  • Yes

14. Have you experienced any unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness?

  • No
  • Yes

15. Have you experienced a change in your bowel habit?

  • No
  • Yes

16. Have you noticed that you have a reduced appetite?

  • No
  • Yes

The answers you have provided indicate that you have the symptoms of constipation

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 your constipation has lasted for more than a week, or comes back after you've treated it - have a word with with your doctor or pharmacist. Click here to print out the results and take it along with you as it will help you explain the symptoms you're experiencing.

Further information:

The answers you have provided indicate that you should get checked out by your doctor

Most of the time, constipation is nothing to worry about and your body may return to it's normal rhythm within a few days. In some cases constipation can also be a symptom of an obstruction and you have indicated that you are experiencing unusual or unexpected changes so it is important to get checked out by your doctor.

Click here to print out the results and take it along with you as it will help you explain the symptoms you're experiencing.

The answers you have provided indicate that you do not have the symptoms
of constipation...

... but you should get checked out by your doctor.

Although you are not experiencing any of the symptoms of constipation, you have indicated that you are experiencing unusual or unexpected changes so it is important to get checked out by your doctor.

Click here to print out the results and take it along with you as it will help you explain the symptoms you're experiencing.

The answers you have provided indicate that you do not have the symptoms
of constipation

If you are concerned about your health have a word with your doctor or pharmacist as they will be able to advise you further.

Click here to print out the results and take it along with you as it will help you explain the symptoms you're experiencing.

Further information:

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Symptom checker Results

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