Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if the person has been bleeding from the anus and
has signs of
shock, which could indicate that a diverticular pouch
is bleeding (diverticular bleeding).
Call your doctor immediately if you have pain in the abdomen
that is in one spot (as opposed to general pain in the abdomen), especially if
you also have:
If your bowel habits are sluggish and you suffer constipation, maybe some exercise can help speed things up. According to experts, exercise does more than tone your heart and other muscles. Exercise is essential for regular bowel movements. In fact, one of the key risk factors for constipation is inactivity.
Pain in the abdomen that becomes worse when you move or
A stool that is mostly blood (more than a few streaks of
blood on the stool). Blood in the stool may appear as reddish or maroon-colored
liquid or clots or may produce a black stool that looks like
Shoulder pain (possibly from air in the abdomen due to a hole
or perforation in the intestine).
Pass gas or stool from your
urethra while urinating. This likely means that you
have an opening (fistula) between the bowel and the urinary tract.
Call your doctor if you:
Have cramping pain that does not get better
when you have a bowel movement or pass gas.
It is not uncommon to have bloating, gas
pressure, or mild abdominal pain. These can be caused by eating certain foods
or by stress. Home treatment usually will take care of these symptoms. If home
treatment does not help or if the symptoms become worse, see your
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