Talking to your doctor
Talk about it
A lot of people with chronic constipation suffer in silence. Many people do not report their symptoms to their doctor. Chronic constipation is a medical condition. Only you know your symptoms. So only you can describe them.
Here are some things to remember:
- Be frank and honest with your doctor
- You know your own symptoms
- Only you can describe what you feel
- Talking about it can mean you get the treatment you need
You need a treatment that is right for you
Feeling awkward or uneasy talking about bowel movements to your healthcare provider is understandable. But think about this. Your doctor sees many people on a daily basis. He or she is probably familiar with your questions and concerns. It is important to have an honest conversation with your doctor about your symptoms. Talking about it may mean you get the treatment you need.
Even if you have already talked about it, bring it up again. Talk about treatments that are working and those that are not. Talk about side effects. Talk about diet. Bring in the guide where you described your symptoms; it may help you have a productive discussion.
Get your helpful Appointment Kit to bring with you to your next appointment.