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Do constipation and back pain need medical attention in a 60-year-old?

i'm 60 years old and started getting constipated in July. i took laxative 3 times since then to be able to have a bowel movement. besides that i had normal bowel movements. i have pain in my back and my blood glucose level was 138 in september. please let me know if you can give me some ideas
Thu, 22 Aug 2019
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Hello,

I would advise you to have a colonoscopy if you have not had one in the last 5 years. The colonoscopy is recommended to be done every 5-10 years in patients 55 years and older so if you have not had one recently, this is a good time to have it.

Also, any bowel changes in patients 50 years and older should lead to investigations to rule out important conditions such as bowel tumors, so colonoscopy is generally indicated.

I hope this answers your query. I remain at your disposal in case further medical assistance is needed.

Regards,
Dr. Antoneta Zotaj, General and Family Physician
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