The location of the pain and some changes in your bowel habits
point to som problem with your large intestine or the colon.
If you are over 40+ years of age I suspect you may have
or pockets on the colon wall. This is more common
on the left side of the colon although can involve any part of
the bowel. If one of these pockets get infected , then you can
have significant pain, fever, chills and even bloody dirrhea.
In many cases , this is associated with spasms and the symptoms
are similar to IBS or irritable bowel syndrome
pain and constipation
If you have not had a screening colonoscopy
, you should get one.
At the minimum, you can get a Barium Enema to see if there are
any problems. If you have any family members with history of
, then you should have the colonoscopy. Same thing
is true if there are any signs of blood in the stool, weight loss
or anemia. Have your stool tested for blood and also get a complete
blood work. For constipation, you can take stool softeners that are
readilily available in drug stores. A high fiber diet and adequate fluid
intake is very important. There is also a polyethylene glycol
which is safe to take. Follow the instructions on the label. (MiraLax
There are generic alternatives to this brand.
I wish you the very best.