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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Iâ??m 16. 4 nights ago, I went to the local urgent care because I was in a lot of pain, and I was unable to have a bowel movement. They did an x-ray and said I was extremely constipated. They sent me home to drink some Citrate Magnesium. I did that, I had many bowel movements that night and the following morning. I have been drinking lots of water and eating more fiber. However, since then, I have not had a bowel movement in 4 days. I do not even feel like I have to go. I donâ??t feel constipated, I feel fine. But I donâ??t feel like I need to have a bowel movement, and that worries me. Whenever I try to make myself have one, all I do is pass gas. Iâ??m worried something might be wrong with me.
Doctor :   There is nothing wrong with you,
Doctor :   It is a common finding after getting your bowel emptied after using a laxative.
Doctor :   When you use a laxative, you have so many bowels that everything inside is flushed out totally and it
Doctor :   will take some time for your intestine to produce sufficient waste in order to produce a bowel movement.
Doctor :   I suggest that you continue the fibers and fluids and ignore this finding
User :   So, how long do you think it will be before i have a bowel movement?
Doctor :   Your normal bowel movement will be completely restored to normal.
Doctor :   As long as your intestine can generate enough material and that depends on individuals
Doctor :   So dont biother about it at all
User :   Really? Ok. I just needed some reassurance, because i was scared it was going to happen again, and i didn't want to be in such pain again.
Doctor :   Yes, but the thing is dont take any more medicines for bowel movements. Wait for the normal pattern to be restored.
User :   Ok. Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.
Doctor :   You are welcome
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