Symptoms may include blood or mucus in the faeces, changes in bowel habits (diarrhoea/constipation or both), anything abnormal or that lasts for more than 2 weeks, the feeling of needing to go to the toilet even if the bowels have just been emptied, pain or discomfort in the abdominal area, a mass in the abdomen or extreme tiredness, which could be the result of anaemia. These symptoms may well be caused by other conditions, e.g. a common cause of bleeding is haemorrhoids. However, it is important that anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their doctor (Cancer Research UK website, 2002b).
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Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.