Serenity Gastroenterology

Constipation Treatment in Brisbane

What is Constipation?

What is Constipation?

If you have constipation, you may:

  • Have hard, lumpy bowel motions
  • Need to strain to pass a bowel motion
  • Only pass a small amount when you go to the toilet
  • Not have a bowel motion very often
  • Feel as if you haven’t completely emptied your bowels after going to the toilet.

Constipation may be caused by:

  • Not eating enough fibre, often found in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Being inactive
  • Holding on for too long rather than going to the loo when needed
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications (iron tablets are a common culprit)
  • Medical conditions that cause a blockage or narrowing of the rectum or affect the nerves around the colon and rectum
  • Pelvic muscle problems
  • Digestive tract disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease or diverticulitis.
Diagnosing constipation and finding its underlying cause may require:
  • Asking you many questions about your symptoms, medical history and medications
  • Feeling your abdomen
  • Taking blood tests
  • Colonoscopy to examine your colon and rectum
  • A range of other tests depending on your presentation.

Treatment for constipation can involve:

  • Improving your diet and activity levels to help speed up your digestion
  • Going to the toilet when you feel the urge to pass a bowel motion
  • Physiotherapy to improve your ability to control or relax your pelvic floor muscles
  • Improved management of any underlying conditions that may be influencing your constipation
  • Taking laxatives or other medications to make it easier to open your bowels.

How can Serenity Gastroenterology help?

At Serenity Gastroenterology we provide comprehensive and personalised assessment and management of constipation.

We listen carefully to your symptoms and history, conduct appropriate investigations and create a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.