ZocdocAnswersWhat causes stomach pain?

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What causes stomach pain?

HAVING TROUBLE GOING TO BATHROOM HAVE TO STRAIN TO PUSH OUT STOOL

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It sounds like you are suffering from constipation! This is a really common medical problem, but it can be very uncomfortable and can require treatment by a doctor. I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor, who should be able to help figure out if you are constipated and what to do about it. There are many different causes of constipation, and it is obviously important to narrow things down, since the treatment depends a lot on the specific cause. For example, physical inactivity, a low fiber diet, and minimal liquid intake can all contribute to constipation. In other cases, a medication may be the cause. Many commonly used medications, such as certain medications used to treat high blood pressure or pain, can cause constipation. Additionally, there are other medical problems that may manifest with constipation. For example, trouble with the thyroid gland may lead to constipation, as may various gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Your doctor will be able to perform a complete examination and help identify any underlying causes that needed to be treated directly. They will also be able to prescribe you some more quickly acting medications to solve the immediate problem and help you feel more comfortable. Again, please make an appointment today!

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