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When to Call a GP for Constipation in Sotogrande

When to call a GP for Constipation in Sotogrande

Constipation is quite a common condition that affects most people from time to time. The good news is that it can be treated at home, for the most part. In this article we will talk about constipation and when to call a GP for constipation in Sotogrande

What causes constipation?

There are a number of reasons why you might be suffering from constipation.

Constipation can be caused by:

  • A lack of fiber in your diet.
  • Failing to drink enough fluids.
  • Not exercising enough.
  • Depression, anxiety or stress.
  • Changes to your routine or diet.
  • Ignoring the need to go to the toilet.
  • Sitting down or laying in bed for long period of time.

This condition is also common in those who are pregnant. It is also common for 6 weeks after someone has given birth.

The symptoms of constipation

Some of the symptoms of constipation include:

  • Difficulty going to the toilet.
  • Passing less than 3 stools each week.
  • Straining when you go to the toilet.
  • The feeling of not being able to completely eliminate the stool.


When to call a GP for Constipation in Sotogrande

You should call for a GP in Sotogrande if:

Your constipation is not improving even if you have been treating it.
You are bloated and your constipation lasts quite a long time.
You find blood in your faeces (poo).
You are quite tired all of the time
You have lost a lot of weight.
You are constipation regularly and the episodes last a long time.


How to treat Constipation

You can treat your constipation by:

  • Adding more fiber to your diet, eating more fruits and vegetables might help.
  • Giving yourself more time to use the toilet.
  • Keeping to a regular time.
  • Refraining from delaying if you have an urge to defecate.
  • Going for a walk or a run every day.
  • Drinking more fluids.

If none of the above treatments help you might want to consider taking laxatives. These are medications that can help you to defecate much more regularly. If you do decide to take laxatives please make sure you always follow the packaging's instructions. Ideally, you should not use laxatives for more than 3-4 days in a row. Most laxatives will take no more than 3 days to start working.

Knowing  when to call a GP for Constipation in Sotogrande can help you to feel much more comfortable. Constipation is a very common condition and most people experience it at some point in their lives. Our GP doctors will give you advice that can help you feel much better. Get in touch with us if you are concerned about constipation. We will be more than happy to help you.