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Managing constipation

People can mean different things when they talk about constipation.

It can mean any of the following:

  • infrequent bowel actions
  • hard pellet stool
  • straining
  • bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • sense of incomplete emptying
  • excessive wind

While most people will not have all of these, a combination is possible.

Constipation is more common in MS than bowel incontinence. The two can be linked, but people who have constipation will not necessarily go on to develop a problem with incontinence, or vice versa.

It's not always easy to approach the subject of bowel problems or constipation with your doctor or nurse. But professional help can make a real difference when trying to manage these issues. A GP, MS nurse, neurologist or a continence adviser can help.

Tips for treating constipation

  • Good fluid intake
  • A balanced diet
  • Activity and exercise
  • Regular and comfortable routine
  • Medication review
  • Still having difficulty?

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