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Intermittent constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating. Temporary relief with stool softeners. Help?

I have been constipated on and off for several months now. I think it could be IBS because I will have diarrhea , gas, and bloating as well. A few days ago though, I became so constipated that it hurts so badly right now. I have used stool softeners many times, but the only result is diarrhea then constipation all over again.
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Thank you for the query.

Such symptoms can indicate IBS. But, before such diagnosis, all other possible reasons of such symptoms should be ruled out. Diarrhea and constipations alternately, bloating can be also symptoms of colon cancer. Especially if you have lost some weight recently or any blood in stool has appeared. That is why you should have some diagnostics. You should start with abdominal ultrasound, full blood work, liver tests, urine analysis and colonoscopy(this is strongly advisable if you are around 50).

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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