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I have had bowel issues for more than a month. I am at times

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I have had bowel issues for more than a month. I am at times exyremely consipated & must use emenas or suppositories to move my bowels. Prior to bm i have bad back pain approximately where kidneys are: The pain at tomes is dul and other rimes sharp. Other times i may have diarrehia with & without severe abdomimal cramps. There is a lot of mucus in my stool and at times stool even floats. I have a Dr appt n near future but womdering if i need immediate medical attention. What do mu symptoms describe?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.

Have you had any weight loss?
Blood mixed in with your stool?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
have lost weight. I cant say i see blood but stol is orange. I take hydrocodone for fibromyalgia and am concerned
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 6 years ago.
I can understand your concern.

If you have orange stool (which occasionally can be blood) and weight loss, this should be looked into more urgently.

Hydrocodone can alter your bowel habits as narcotics can be quite constipating.
Much of your symptoms (mucus, alternating diarrhea and constipation) is consistent with what we call irritable bowel syndrome--however, whenever there is unexplained weight loss and possibly blood, this suggests it is not irritable bowel.

I would try to see your doctor sooner rather than later. Your doctor will probably refer you for a colonoscopy (especially if you have a stool test positive for blood).

Try increasing fiber in your diet along with fluids.
If you take the hydrocodone regularly and you are predominantly constipated, a stool softener may be helpful for you as well.

I hope that you feel better,

Please feel free to ask any follow up questions,

Dr Abby

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