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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for constipation

For the past three days I have been experiencing pain on my lower left side. Below the navel. If sitting still it is just a dull ache. With movement it feels sharper, almost like a tearing feeling. I had been very constipated for 2 days, took a few laxatives which did relieve the constipation, but has resulted in frequent loose stools (approx. 5-6 times during 24 hours). The pain in my lower left abdomen began after the constipation.
Tue, 9 Jun 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be caused due to:
1. Any pathology/ sub acute obstruction in the Gastrointestinal tract
2. Irritable bowel syndrome- constipation predominant type.
3. Functional cause- due to decreased gastric motility.
4. Inadequate intake of fluids and fiber rich diet.
5. Hormonal & Metabolic causes, etc.

Though symptomatic relief from constipation can be obtained by intake of laxatives and stool softeners, the underlying cause needs to be treated.
So, it will be better to consult a Gastroenterologist for a proper clinical examination.
Further investigations like stool examination, Ultrasound scan of abdomen, Colonoscopy & contrast studies will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for your symptoms.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.
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