I thought I was getting a yeast infection 2 days ago and now I know I was right. It is very painful and I am even experiencing pain in my lower left abdomin. I thought it was gas pains yesterday, but now that it's still hurting today, I am worried that it might be something else. Also, every since I had my child, who is 4 now, I have not had regular bowel movements. I go once a week, maybe. I know that's not normal, but my mother has the same problem. She takes laxatives, but they make my stomach hurt, so I don't like to take them much. I know I need to go regular, but I don't know what to do. My doctor has prescribed me a liguid awhile back that did not seem to work, so I haven't been back about it. Is there something else I can do and is this what is causing the abdominal pain?
Your current symptoms of abdominal pain might be due to chronic constipation. This is due to the fact that you have reduced frequency of bowel movements.
For immediate relief of your symptoms, you can try OTC laxatives and fiber supplements like âmetamucil. But for long term improvement of your symptoms lifestyle and dietary changes as âsuggested below should be undertaken.â
Constipation in adults is due to a stressed lifestyle with lack of proper eating habits ,having more âjunk ââand processed food, rather than freshly prepared whole foods, low intake of dietary fiber âand ââinadequate amounts of fluids. â
You might consider adding enough fiber in your diet. Vegetables with high-fiber content (peas, beans, ââapricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, spinach), âfresh fruits, dried fruits, and whole wheat, bran, or ââoatmeal cereals are excellent sources of fiber. To reap the benefits of fiber, drink plenty of fluids to ââhelp pass the stool.â
Include a lot of whole grain bread, corn bran, cereals, buns, muffins, bran flakes, whole wheat âcereals, ââwhole grain pasta, and brown rice in your daily diet. â
Whole grains - help to enhance the digestive system. â
Regular exercise (abdominal contraction exercises and leg raises) are also important in âestablishing ââregular normal bowel movements. â
Follow healthy eating habits including eating at regular intervals and avoiding skipping of meals.â â
Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to. Visit the toilet for 15 minutes in the âââmorning, even if you are unable to have a bowel movement. This relaxes and stimulates your digestive âââsystem.â
Following the measures suggested above might be very helpful to resolve your condition.â
In case, the above measures are not helping, consulting a doctor for a examination and rule out âobstructive defecation disorders.â
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