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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: bowel problems

 rutledge2135 - Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:17 pm

i'm experincing mild stomache pain that is always followed with a bm. even if i just have a small bm , my stomach still feels like i have to go. this can go on all night, sometimes spending 20 minutes or more in the bathroom and doing that 3 or more times a night. i seem to have no other symptoms, no vomitting, etc. i didn't know if this was possibly IBS, IBD, or possibly even an ulcer. what should i do and do my symptoms seem to amount to anything.

 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:21 am

User avatar Hello,
Yes your symptoms are significant. A change in bowel habits should always be examined careful. When your bowels behave that way its as if they want to expel something but fail to do so. This could be a polyp or a tumor. You need to be examined by a gastroenterologist who may need to run some tests to exclude these possibilities.

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