Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:36 PM
I have not had a bowel movement in 10 days with the exception of a couple very hard and dry "pebbles" and 3 episodes of watery diarrhea on Saturday. I am thinking more and more that this may be a fecal impaction. My abdomen both above and below my navel is swollen to such an extent that I look like I am pregnant.I spoke with my GI's nurse practicioner and she directed me to take a full bottle of magnesium citrate. I did that over 2 hours and nothing has happened. I can feel it inside me and it really hurts.If the mag. citrate doesn't kick after 6 hours should I go to the ER? Or is this not quite an emergency condition and I should wait until morning? I have Mepergan for pain and Xanax for anxiety but I have resisted taking them so I don't cover up how I am really feeling. I just don't know how dangerous fecal impaction really is...What should I do???