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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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What causes constipation and severe abdominal cramps?

I have periodic episodes of constipation which if not relieved turn into severe cramping (writhing on the floor) with projectile vomitimg at the same time which can last up to a hour. It’s as if my body have decided to eliminate everything internally all at once. Afterwards there is rectal bleeding which goes away in a day or two. This has been happening since 2014 (I am 67) 2 or three times a year. I have changed my diet and lost weight, use Miralax everyday. I once found a name for what this is called but can’t find it again. I am beside myself trying to find a way to stop this from happening. Thank you
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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Hello. You need to consult a gastro-enterologist and get detailed evaluation. Probably you may be suggested to get a colonoscopy done.

Foe the time being you can follow some lifestyle tips to avoid gastritis

1. Do not eat spicy food
2. Take medications for gastritis- pantop/omez/rantac
3. Take little food at frequent intervals. Breakfast around 8am, small snack at 11am, lunch at 1pm, small snack at 4pm and dinner at 8pm
4. Drink plenty of water
5. Do not smoke, take alcohol or tobacco and even excess of coffee and tea
6. Do not take much of stress. Stress aggravates gastritis
7. Do regular exercise. Atleast half an hour per day
8. Learn meditation techniques

with regards- Dr Sanjay Kini
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