I am a 50 year-old male in reasonably good health. I have had asymptomatic Hepatitis C for over 30 years (re-diagnosed about 10 years ago from Hep B to Hep C)
Two days ago I started having pain in my lower abdomen, slightly below my naval, but relatively deep. I suspected diverticulitis, a contition I have had before and sought medical treatment. The doctor said that my white cell count was fine and told me that I did not have a bladder infection. He specualted that I might have a prostate infection, and lacking more information, put me on Cipro in hopes that the antibiotic would make the pain go away. He advised a Urology consult if the pain persisted. The pain does not seem to me to be in the prostate area, but what do I know?
The pain is still there. Now I have become partially constipated, passing only small, slimy/watery, yellow stoools several times per day. I am not evacuating nearly as much as usual. I am fairly gassy- moreso than usual. I seem to be urinating more often than usual, every couple of hours. I had to get up twice last night to urinate.
Searching the internet, I wonder if this may be symptomatic of a partial intestinal blockage. I do have a history of colon polyps and my mother died of colon cancer at age 47, a few years after a total blockage necessitated the removal of a grapefruit-sized tumor from her colon. I have had colonoscopies every four years since I was in may mid 30's. It is time for another one, but I had planned to wait a while before scheduling it.
I do not have a fever or nausea, and except for the pain and evacuation issues, feel pretty good. I do feel a little bloated and my appetite is down some, but my weight is about the same.
I probably need to see another doctor- but am unsure whether a urologist or a gastroenterologist would be more appropriate.
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