what could be causing this constipation??
okay, i've been having these symptoms off and on for the last 3 years or so. it started with chronic constipation.... well, it came and went and then finally was constant for a couple of months (even had to give myself an enema once it was that bad) until i went to the ER last november with acute abdominal pain. i could hardly stand the agony. the pain settled in my lower right abdominal quadrant. got a CT scan while still in such pain and all the doc. could tell me was that i should probably see a gyno. for follow-up. i started to vomit quite a bit too. they gave me morphine. i wondered what the CT scan showed and all he said was some 'fluid-filled' area... ovarian cyst that ruptured? so, after that ER incident, i had a little blood in my stool and urine (and right before the pain occured i noticed that my urine was reddish). it stopped soon afterwards. then, all of a sudden my constipation 'vanished'. i had regular bowels for up to a year. then, about a month ago, my constipation started all over again and now i'm having a lot of lower back tenderness too. but my periods are all 'normal'. i have no abnormal bleeding, heavy bleeding, or spotting.. my periods start and stop like clockwork almost... every 26-27 days give or take a few days. it's wierd. but i do have gas often...and some pelvic discomfort. my nerves in my lower back feels so inflammed! i can hardly bend forward anymore (i do yoga regularly). i also cannot do a lot of back flexibility moves i used to do on account of severe pain in my lower back. i almost could hardly stand up straight after trying some positions i probably shouldn't have.
so, could it be cysts, IBS, or something else..???? oh, i just recently had a pelvic u/s done and it showed no large or abnormal looking mass in my ovaries or anything.
is the underlying problem an intestinal one? or ovarian cyst related? a bowel or gyno issue? well, it's manifesting itself with constipation, so now i've got to find out what's causing it...
posted this in the women's health section but no one seemed to be able to relate so far... maybe i'll get more responses here...? worth a try i guess..