A colonoscopy is recommended at this point, as this is the most comprehensive test of the lower GI tract. Anatomical abnormalities, strictures, and colitis can all be evaluated for.
I would also obtain stool cultures to evaluate for infection and malabsorption - both of which can alter stool character.
These options can be discussed with a GI physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patients education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Thanks for your reply. My immediate concern is the backup of waste gathering in my large bowel. My stomach is severly distorted and is pressing on my diaphragm making me breathless. The added weight is also making my lower back hurt and I am getting sharp pains in my stomach.
I don't understand why my GP didn't treat this more seriously. I think she assumed that because my rectum was empty then my colon was empty. My worry is that somewere further up the colon I have a partial obstruction backing everything up. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to work out that two weeks food doesnt come out in a single small bowel movement, like the one I had on Monday.
I don't want to go over the top, but if I have no movement by Friday then I am either going to see my GP again or drive myself to A&E and tell them I think I have a bowel obstruction. Would you agree??
Curious as to how you made out, Did you have your colonoscopy? And where do live,
sex, age? I do have some similiar syptoms, and am going for colonoscopy...georgie
I do not advise you to give out your personal information, where you live, etc. that is irrelevant to the discussion.