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A 41-year-old member asked:

why am i constipated, is it a bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
???: Constipation and bowel obstruction are two completely separate things. If you have: distention, vomitting and can't keep anything down - head straight to the emergency room for further evaluation. That is obstruction. If however, you simply aren't going to the bathroom, and are not vomitting - then constipation. Can be seen in the office for further evaluation.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

Can you hear gurgling in abdomen if there is a bowel obstruction or no movement. Severely constipated & concerned about that, been 3-4wks since bm ?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Constipation: Hearing gurgling and no bm in 3 weeks tell me that you need to see your pcp asap. Certainlly a intestinal blockage would need to be ruled out.

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