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Persisting pain in the stomach. Constipation or infection?

Had stomach pain in my lower stomach for 4 days now thought it might of been constipation but i took a tablet seenokot and passed a stool few hours later but the pain was still there its more of an ache but i do get stinging pains for a few seconds now and then could it still be constipation or more likely an infection?
Sat, 3 Nov 2012
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Hello, paul21cfc,
Pain in the lower abdomen can be associated with constipation and
build up of gas in the intestine that can put pressure on the nerve
endings. You said that you did have results after taking senokot.
It is possible that the evacuation may not be complete. You might
want to take stool softener like Surfak or Doxidan once a day for a few
days. Main thing is, your dietary habits.
I recommend that you go on a high fiber diet which includes whole
grain cereal. fresh fruits and vegetables along with adequate amounts
of water. Also regular excercise program, like walking 2-3 miles/day
three times a week will be helpful.
Any kind of infection of the intestine usually causes dirrhea and even fever
and chills. In your case that is unlikely.
Sometimes, laxative tablet itself can irritate the lining and give some aches
and pains.
Hope this helps.
I wish you well.
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