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A 38-year-old male asked:

It's been 16 days since i have had a substantial bowel movement. it's been 6 days since i have passed anything. however, i am still passing gas. er?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amar Dalsania
17 years experience
It depends...: Glad that you are passing gas. Some people are constipated for days on end. If you are having and abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting this could be a sign of ileus or obstruction. Is there any change in appetite weight loss? How often do you normally go? Tough to say if this is simply a situation that can be helped with increasing fiber or adding a laxative.
Dr. Paul Sucgang
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes. Evaluate cause.: Best case: It may be your diet an you can use a stool softener or enema. Worst case: It may be a small bowel obstruction that needs surgery. Either way you should visit the ER or Urgent Care to be evaluated. Imaging studies may be needed.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 37 years experience
If not vomiting or pain, would try to see your regular doctor Monday as this is not a problem then that would be appropriate for long term care in an ER setting. This should be done with your doctor
Jul 6, 2014
Last updated Mar 9, 2021

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