Constipation is a very common issue affecting people of all ages. Signs of constipation may be straining and pain when you are on the toilet, poo is often large, dry and hard to pass, or if you haven’t had a poo at least 3 times in the course of a week. There may also be stomach ache and bloating experienced. Causes can be wide-ranged from not eating enough fibre, not having enough fluids, stress or depression, not being physically active, sitting or lying in bed for long periods, changing diet or daily routine, ignoring the urge to go to the toilet, among others. IT is also a common problem during pregnancy and about 6 weeks after giving birth.
Managing Constipation with Diet
There are many things that affect constipation and there are many things you can do to manage it. While laxatives can be useful, there are different types that do different jobs and they should be used differently.
Other non-diet related constipation solutions include the position you sit on the toilet and managing stress.
Sophie has worked with patients with complex constipation for over 10 years. We will work together to understand the dietary factors that may be driving your symptoms and find dietary solutions that may mean that laxatives aren’t needed.
If medical treatment or investigations are needed, Sophie will write to your GP.
What to expect from your consultation
Sophie will take time to thoroughly understand your medical history and will assess your diet. She will work with you to find a diet that manages your current symptoms while promoting good long term health.
Typically, this will involve three sessions, for example:
Session 1: Assessment and dietary modifications
Session 2: Assessment of progress and reintroduction of foods to establish tolerance
Session 3: Long term nutritional management and healthy eating
If tests or treatments are needed, Sophie will liaise with your consultant or GP. For people with bowel problems, we offer three appointments for £300, saving £30.