A 29-year-old female asked:
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how can you tell the difference between bad constipation and a bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: Presentation can vary. The pain from a small bowel obstruction tends to be severe, accompanied by vomiting, &high-pitched tinkling bowel sounds. With constipation,depending on cause, bowel sounds may be absent.This is NOT a diagnosis best made at home, however; severe constipation can become medically serious, &if it has reached the point of severe pain, vomiting, etc, ER evaluation is necessary
Answered on Jul 1, 2018
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
One need immediate: medical attention , bowel obstruction is pathological ( disease ) process needs medical intervention including possible surgery , dissension due to constipation is due to inability to eliminate stool , still will be able to pass flatus .
Answered on Oct 9, 2014

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