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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest medication for severe constipation and abdominal pain

Hello. I am a 23 y/o healthy female. Visited the ER twice last week for severe constipation and abdominal pain. First CT scan they did showed thickening of some of the loops in my small bowel but no visible obstruction as they d given me a laxative beforehand. All else was normal aside from a hyperdensity on my left liver. I was given a prescription of both Flagyl and Cipro, and when I visited the next day with a fever of 99.8 on advice of my doctor they gave me another CT scan after I d had pain near my appendix. This time there was trace fluid in my pelvis, but all thickening was gone and there was no inflammation of my appendix. I m also on hormone therapy (testosterone-I m female-to-male transgender) and haven t had a period in over a year, though my dosage was recently reduced so I do experience some cramping. The visit was on the 9th and today I am still in pain, mostly around my lower left back and front, aggravated when I eat. Very intense, piercing and squeezing alongside pain in belly. I have to lie down when it hits, and it s gotten worse as I ve introduced bland solids. Was on liquid diet until yesterday. Was able to move stool, but that also aggravates the pain. Side effect of the antibiotics, or something worse? They also found a 2cm cyst on my right adenexa, but it is painless aside from when I have monthly cramping.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Noted the history and understood your concerns.
23 year old transgender on testosterone can have the pain in lower abdomen as the dosage of testosterone has been reduced as per the history you have provided.
Since the CT scan showed intestinal thickening but gone in the next CT scan means the problems would be in the adnexa which is showing 2 cm cyst as sudden enlargement due to hemorrhage is a possibility.
Also needed are simple and routine tests of stool and blood to see for any positive findings.
Clinical evaluation by a General Surgeon and/or a Gynecologist along with correlation with the reports may help to get a proper diagnosis and proper management.
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