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Question: Swelling after Bowel movement


 DisneyUK - Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:08 pm

Hi, I am a 42 yr old female. Ca cervix, had radical hysterectomy. Have Sjogrens syndrome.
My problem is that sometimes after I have had a bowel movement, my stomach swells up so much I look about 8 mths pregnant. It feels very tender and almost bruised inside. The stools are usually normal, but oftn with a bad odour! The swelling and tenderness takes days to subside.
The reason I'd like some answers now is that it is becoming more frequent and is affecting my day to day life when it is bad.
Many thanks
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:05 pm

User avatar I can't explain your symptoms well. One possibility is that you may have a partial bowel obstruction. These commonly can follow abdominal surgery (such as your hysterectomy) because adhesions can form from the irritation of the surgery that essentially act as a band across the intestines closing them off.

I would recommend that you see a GI specialist. You may need to have some imaging performed or possibly a colonoscopy to look for any problems.

Best wishes.

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