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Lower abdominal pain with cramping and fever

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For the past four days i have been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain and cramping along with bloody mucusy stool fever and chills. I have never experienced anything like this before. I had hoped it was just a 24 hour stomach bug. That seems to not be the case. Should i visit the hospital?

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replied December 9th, 2010
Abdominal Pain Answer A17673
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since there is blood which you can see, it is coming from the lower gut. This can happen in hemorrhoids, rectal polyps, diverticulosis (outpouchings from the bowel wall), inflammatory bowel disease, or dysentery.

Yes, you should visit a hospital. Since there is mucus and fever, chances of bacterial dysentery are high and you will need an antibiotic for the gut. Take ORS meanwhile and eat light meals. Take care!

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