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What causes constipation and stomach gurgling?

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Posted on Tue, 1 Jul 2014
Question: I have been constipated goig into the third day. On Sunday, it started with a grumbling and gurgleing stomach followed by stomach cramps for about 12 hours. Cramping has stopped, stomach noises still are present and I have had several minimaly satisfactory bowell movements, where the bolus is small and lumpy. I have take Citrucel and it has helped a little. What may be the issue
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Colonoscopy is necessary

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

The point is that this might be bowels obstruction, not the regular constipation. Please note that such symptoms over the age of 50 needs to be checked with colonoscopy. It is because the risk of colon cancer over the age of 50 significantly rises.
So please do not wait with it. Consult your doctor as soon as possible. You should have abdominal X-ray and blood work done at first and colonoscopy scheduled.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Regards.
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What causes constipation and stomach gurgling?

Brief Answer: Colonoscopy is necessary Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. The point is that this might be bowels obstruction, not the regular constipation. Please note that such symptoms over the age of 50 needs to be checked with colonoscopy. It is because the risk of colon cancer over the age of 50 significantly rises. So please do not wait with it. Consult your doctor as soon as possible. You should have abdominal X-ray and blood work done at first and colonoscopy scheduled. Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.