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Managing constipation

People can mean different things when they talk about constipation.

It can mean any of the following:

  • pooing less than three times a week
  • small, hard lumps of poo
  • 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

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