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Why am I feeling bloated and crampy in my lower abdomen and 4-5 bowel movements a day ?

I m 27yrs old, 5 6 , 145lbs. For the last 3 days I ve been feeling really bloated and crampy in my lower abdominal area. I ve also been having 4-5 small bowel movements a day. I usually only go 1-2 times a day. They are the same consistency, however, as my normal ones would be. The discomfort started about 11 days after the first day of my last period. This last period only lasted 4 days, and my others usually last 6-7 days. The discomfort kind of comes and goes, as far as intensity is concerned. I haven t seen any blood in my stool nor do i have any other kind of bleeding .
Tue, 17 May 2011
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Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Do you have Mucus in stool? Your Symptoms suggest Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It could be due to stress, Hormonal changes, Infection or Intake of carbonated beverages. Experiment with fiber foods if they happen to increase your symptoms you may want to stop it. For eg, Fresh fruits and Green Leafy Vegetables. Avoid foods like alcohol, chocolate, coffee and sodas and dairy products. Eat at regular times, Don't skip meals, and try to eat about the same time each day to help regulate bowel function. Drink Plenty of water daily. Exercise regularly, it helps relieve stress and stimulates normal bowel movements and can help you feel better about yourself.

Wish you Good Health.
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