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What Does Abdominal Pain With Short And Stringy Bowel Movements Indicate?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Nov 2017
Question: I have excruciating pain in my lower abdominal, I have been having bowel movement not loose but short & stringy more often than normal & very thirsty
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
hold off solids, fluid replacement, probiotics

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The more frequent bowel movements would mean that there is increased fluid loss which would cause the increased thirst.

It is important to continue drinking water but if possible you can also drink or replace the plain water with an oral hydration drink or diluted sports drink (dilute to reduce the sugar content).

If you do not want to use any meds, you can consider the use of probiotics to replace the bacteria in the colon.Restoring this can help with bowel issues.

Also hold off solid foods till a 4 hour period passes with no symptoms. If food is used when the bowel is irritated then it slows down healing and also worsen symptoms.
Just focus on fluids for now.

When this four hour period passes , you can then start with a small amount of dry foods such as toast or biscuits

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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What Does Abdominal Pain With Short And Stringy Bowel Movements Indicate?

Brief Answer: hold off solids, fluid replacement, probiotics Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic The more frequent bowel movements would mean that there is increased fluid loss which would cause the increased thirst. It is important to continue drinking water but if possible you can also drink or replace the plain water with an oral hydration drink or diluted sports drink (dilute to reduce the sugar content). If you do not want to use any meds, you can consider the use of probiotics to replace the bacteria in the colon.Restoring this can help with bowel issues. Also hold off solid foods till a 4 hour period passes with no symptoms. If food is used when the bowel is irritated then it slows down healing and also worsen symptoms. Just focus on fluids for now. When this four hour period passes , you can then start with a small amount of dry foods such as toast or biscuits I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions