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Abdominal pain. Difficult bowel movements. Getting treated for UTI or cystitis. History of arthritis and connective tissue disorder. What is the correct diagnosis?

I started have abd pain about a week ago. i m 54 post menopause x 6 yrs I thought it was constipation.I took miralax and it took 3 days for me to have a have a lg smooth BM .I have pain across my lower abd pressure and gas from both ends.I went to the ER they are treating me for a UTI or Cystitis I m taking Bactrim Ds 2x aday for 3days and pyriduim. I am getting really concerned .The pain worsens after eating within a few minutes. I have a Dx of connective tissue disorder 10 years now and arthritic pain and knee replacement my biggest issue Im a vegatarian for 17 yrs no pork for 32 yrs .Im health concious.I m becomming very concerned this a new issue for me . thank you for your time.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Thanks for the query

Lower abdominal pain is most probably due to the urinary tract infection, the pain does not look like it is related to your connective tissue disorder or vegetarianism, if it is getting worse inspite of the treatment then here are my suggestions
1. Please take another appointment with your doctor, get yourself a urine culture and ultra sound abdomen done
2. Syp Citraalka ( urine alkalaniser ) thrice daily will help you with the pain, you can also drink unsweetened cranberry juice
3. Based on the urine culture report the antibiotics have to be changed over to a culture sensitive antibioitc

I hope I was of help to you

Answered: Mon, 2 Dec 2013
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