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I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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Sorry to hear about your symptoms.
When was your normal bowel movement?
Do you take any stool softener?
I was able to have a small bowel movement this morning around 5:30 am, I have not used a stool softener.
do you take any other medication?
I take prilosec daily, a gummy vitamin, and vitamin d3
I did take a bentyl for the IBS thinking it might help, but it didn't even come close to this.
sounds like you may have diverticulitis.
Inflammation of the intestine can cause these symptoms.
also bentyl may worse your symptoms.
Inflammatory bowel disease is also possible but usually blood in stool also present.
You can try a stool softener like metamucil to see if it works.
But, it is better to see your doctor or a gastroenterologist for further evaluation.
Diverticulitis will require antibitoic course.
Okay, then it sounds like these symptoms won't go away.
if the symptoms do not improve, then a colonoscopy is essential.
I had a gastroenterologist in California but have not needed to see one since moving to Washington State 7 years ago. Think I will go to Urgent Care in the morning - provided I get through the night okay. Perhaps a stool softener then, yes?
yes stool softener, fluids and bland diet.
you should go to urgent care for now, but still need to see a gastroenterologist.
Sounds like a plan. The Urgent Care I go to is connected to my health care provider(s) so they can recommend one I am fairly sure and I will follow up on this without hesitation.
Thank you for your help.
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