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Coping with Constipation – Top Dietary Tips for Cancer Patients

Unfortunately, many pain medications, especially the ones for severe pain (e.g. morphine); can cause constipation, which is the opposite of diarrhoea. The stools are hard, and difficult and painful to pass.

Stressful situations may also lead to constipation. Fear of pain and discomfort when going to the toilet will worsen the problem, so try not to get too anxious.

When you experience constipation and push too hard, it can lead to haemorrhoids (piles).

Following a modified diet, for example a clear fluid diet, for too long may also lead to constipation, due to the low dietary fibre content. A lack of exercise is also a factor that may contribute to this problem.

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