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What are the causes of bowel dysfunction?

  • Not drinking enough fluid.
  • Not eating enough fibre.
  • Putting off going to the toilet.
  • Not moving enough and spending long periods of time sitting or lying in bed.
  • Not exercising.
  • A side effect of medication.
  • Change to your daily routine or diet.
  • Some neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A problem with part of your body structure (anatomy) which is stopping you having your bowels open.
  • Stress and anxiety
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