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Are you seeing a GI doctor? Severe pain in the lower left side makes me think of diverticulosis which can be caused by chronic constipation. Its something that I definitely think you need to get checked out even if just to rule out. Going once a month is definitely a severe case. What have you tried to alleviate this? There are options out there for severe constipation. I take Miralax which is a powder that I use once a day, this has helped me out tremendously. Also there is a fairly new rx on the market called Amitiza which is also for severe constipation. I would suggest not getting dependent on the classic stimulant laxatives as it can cause long term dependence also with your history of eating disorder its not a good idea. If you are seeing a PCP, then I would definitely suggest to you to see about
getting a referral to a gastroenterologist who can give you some broader suggestions and to do the necessary testing if applicable. Once you can get your constipation under control, your bloating should get better as well.
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Lodine XL 1000mg, Klonopin PRN, Miralax 17g, Supplements