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Symptoms are: constipation not responding to stool

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Symptoms are: constipation not responding to stool softeners, painful intestinal cramping causing nausea, considerable mucus with or without very small fecal matter, gas and bloating, pressure on bladder, symptoms lasting since Nov. 29th (after a 24-hour bug which caused diarrhea.) Colonoscopy 1 year ago was negative, but showed diverticulosis. What could be causing this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

You may have acute diverticulitis which can cause persistent constipation.

Bowel obstruction is also possible at your age.

This possibility should be ruled out with a CT scan of the abdomen with contrast.

Besides that, sometimes, intestine may not contract well causing this problem.

Also increased pressure in the anal sphincter can cause constipation.

Linactolide is one such medication which helps with chronic constipation.

YOu should follow a high fiber diet.

Stool softeners like Miralax powder should taken daily.

Stimulant laxatives like bisacodyl and senna tablets can be combined with miralax.

A rectal enema ( Fleet's enema) also can be tried.

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