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Elwood, IL
A 18-year-old female asked:

why do i have gas and stomach pain before a bowel movement?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Gas & pain: How often do you have BMs? Daily is best. How is your diet? Do you have enough fiber in it? Please see your doctor. He/she will likely discuss the above w/you. A probiotic MAY be in order after that. Peace and good health.
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Cramping before BM: What are you eating? May be foods like - keep a diary or intolerance to food like dairy / gluten soy , or irritable bowel or rarely inflammatory bowel. Would follow up with doc/ urgent care.

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