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Having upper left abdominal pain. X-ray showed gas and retained stool. What should I do?

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upper left abdominal pain. I have been having upper left slde abdominal pain for 5 days now. went to the er on Monday and they couldnt find the cause. just said i had stool and gas build up on that side. had a xray done,pee test and blood. no other issues have followed the pain. its mostly dull, until I move about. should I return back to the er or give it another few days?
Posted Wed, 28 Nov 2012 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 1 hour later
From your description, it sounds like the x-ray studies
showed gas and retained stool on the left side of the
large bowel. It is very possible that you were constipated
and had hard stool retained. There will be a build up of
gas behind it and that causes distension of the bowel
and gives pain. If you don't have fever,chills, nausea
or vomiting, I would not worry. What I suggest, that
you can go the drug store and get some laxative tablets
and take 1-2 with a full glass of water.
You need to pay attention to your diet. Make sure you
eat whole grain cereal, fresh vegetables and fruits and
drink adequate amount of liquids.
I am sure you will be O.K.
Wish you well.
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