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Lower abdominal pain. goes from 3 on the pain scale to 9.

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Lower abdominal pain. goes from 3 on the pain scale to 9. Feels like I need to make a bowel movement but don't. Not throwing up. No diarreah. Started small 3 days ago and has increased to very painful.
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.

THis is likely acute diverticulitis.

Acute diverticulitis is caused by the bacterial infection of the colon pouches.
Sometimes,there can be perforation of the pouch causing peritonitis from spread of infection.
The root cause is bacterial infection.
This can come through food or water.
Sometimes, the bacteria in the colon may become aggressive as well.

You should go to the urgent care for further evaluation.
Constipation, improper diet are common causes of diverticular disease.
These factors can be addressed by high fiber diet.
Stool softeners like metamucil, methyl cellulose can be used to ensure regular bowel movement.
Probiotics also help to promote good colon health.
Probiotics substitute the bad bacteria in the colon with friendly bacteria.
Culturelle 30 counts capsules twice daily will be great.
Best wishes,
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