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I have had abdominal pain and cramping for 3 days.

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Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018 in Abdominal Pain
Question: I have had abdominal pain and cramping for 3 days. I have taken mild laxatives and that helps some. I have had some bowel movement, and urinate regularly but because of pressure it is not moving well or normal. I feel a bit better at the moment. Should I continue what I am doing.? what about diet? liquids?
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Follow up: Dr. Prasad 11 minutes later
I do have some diverticulitis, but it has never been a problem in the past.
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Answered by Dr. Prasad 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Based on what you describe, the pain seems to be an intestinal colic secondary to constipation. May I know the location of pain:
1. How long has the problem been?
2. Is it located below the belly button? Right / left or over the bladder?
3. Does it hurt while passing urine?
4. Are you running fever?
5. Are you constipated?

At this point, the difficulties seem to be caused by slow bowel movements / constipation. Using laxatives will work. But I don't recommend using laxatives for longer duration. Instead, dietary modification - fiber rich fruits and vegetables and plenty of fluids will benefit you. You may also try isapaghula husk - it helps adding stool bulk and thereby improving stool movements. I will also suggest to check thyroid hormones (Thyroid function test) and blood sugar.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

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1-Today is the third day that I have had the stomach pain and cramps.
2-Below the belly button, low center
3-It doesn't hurt passing urine, but when the pain is greater I don't feel like I am emptying my bladder. It feels like the pressure isn't allowing the urine to flow properly.
4-No fever
5-Yes, I have had excrement. very hard and the laxatives seem to have helped but some pain still present. although it is some better at the moment.

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Answered by Dr. Prasad 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Try aforementioned options...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

The description seems to fit an intestinal colic and it seems to be related to constipation. I'd suggest to include aforementioned treatment options. But if the pain is significant, it would be worthwhile to visit a doctor. The blood tests as well as ultrasound scan of the abdomen is recommended.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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