Is this a flair up or just as not had a BM

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I haven't had a bowel movement since Wednesday when I ended up in A&E. I had a 5 day course of cipro which finished Sunday night. I starting eating soup but only 1 a day as have very little appetite. I did have some biscuits as felt I needed the suger as feel weak and shaky at times.

I took 1 dulcolax last night and plan to take 2 tonight, but today I've started getting the same sort of pain as had before but not as intense(I thought I was having a baby before).

I've also had my show for my period which is early.

I'm scared I'm gonna end up in a bad way again??

Is his normal??

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    The last time I took dulcolax I had really painful cramps and I will be looking for something a bit more gentle next time I need a laxative. I think it was a bit strong for me personally, though some get on fine with them.

    To be frank, if all you are putting in is soup and a few biscuits you can't really expect to get much back out. Are you sure you really need to take 2 laxatives, or could that be the cause of your pain? I would be cautious of taking a double dose so close after a flare up in case you are irritating an already sore colon. However, as always, if in doubt see your doctor for sound advice.

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      Ah ok I'm a bit new to this. I actually just had a phonecall to invite me in for a colonoscopy on friday so I'm sure what they give me will clear me out so I won't bother with the dulcolax now. I'll be glad to get it out the way

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      If you are booked in for a colonoscopy then you will definitely be cleared out and no mistake. Just make sure the path to the loo is short and clear, :-D

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      You are right in thinking the prep for the colonoscopy will clear you out.  There are posts here which will give you an idea of what to expect. By the way, I would advise accepting sedation if offered, but you will need someone with you and to stay for 24 hours afterwards.  If they find polyps they are usually removed at the same time.  Afterwards you will have a lot of wind and possibly some cramping, feeling of constipation and blood spotting.  This is normal.  Also you probably won't feel much like eating for a bit.  Just take it easy with small low residue meals to let your bowel rest. 

      It will probably take a week or two to get back into a normal rythym for you, so just give nature time.  If the hospital say you have diverticulitis they will probably tell you to eat fibre.  The best advice I can offer it to introduce it slowly in small quantities until you can build up to a high soluble fibre diet.  I am prescribed a soluble fibre supplement with bulks and softens stool as well as being a mild laxative.  When you settle back into a normal rythym you may find you go more often.  You may also have episodes of constipation, but please don't rush to self medicate.  Follow your doctor's advice. 

      Once you have a definitive diagnosis you will find lots of helpful advice on this forum, including diet.  It does take time to settle down and adapt.  No quick fixes I'm afraid.  Best wishes for Friday and a good result.  If you are UK based you should get the result straight away unless they take anything for further testing. 

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    I am so sorry you are having problems. I honestly could say if it's a flare up or not. What I will say is if you are worried speak to your GP they should be able to advise you. Hope you feel better soon

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    You might just need a stool softener to ease it out, that is what I did only had to take it twice and it did the trick. Laxatives can be harsh and cause more bad then good if not needed.
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    I have been very lucky, I have had 3 colonoscopies over the last 10 years due to polyps and the diverticulitis once and I never had wind, cramps or bleeding and I was always sedated so never felt a thing. If you are diagnosed with Diverticulitis you can't have fiber until it is resolved, the colon has to rest to heal.

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