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unable to go to the bathroom for about 2 weeks!

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I have not been able to go to the bathroom (2) for about 2 weeks. I tried taking laxitives and things dont seem to be working. Recently I been getting sharp pains in my back and lower adomine.

Also I dont seem to be hungry anymore and I feel as though there is a tightness in my chest, because of the pain and the tightness in my chest I havnt been getting a good amount of sleep. Also I have been urinating a lot more recently because of the non bowl movements.

I just want to know what could be wrong and should I see a doctor to be checked over.

What should I do.

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replied March 20th, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A21059
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned about lower back pain and constipation.
Constipation occurs when the waste material becomes blocked in the lower intestine. The blockage can cause pressure in the lower back. The pain will get worse if the impaction isn't eliminated. That's because your body continues to produce waste material even if it's not passing it.
The common causes in your case include IBS, colon infection or even medications like iron supplements, pain reliever and antidepressants. Laxatives should not be used indiscriminately without physician consultation as one class known by the name of stimulant laxatives can permanently damage your colon.
Also note that even if your back pain clears up with pain medication, that won't clear up the constipation.You have also made a mention of tightness in the chest and inability to sleep.
If you have chronic problems with constipation, back pain and associated symptoms, you must consult your personal physician about the problem to check for any severe diseases.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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