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how do I know if I have a bowel obstruction

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Some signs: People with bowel obstruction will have distention, along with cramping, sometimes severe. Nausea and vomiting are also common and often severe. Then, ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristine Thayer
30 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Bowel obstruction: If you are vomiting green that smells like stool. No stool or gas. Unremitting abdominal pain. Distension. Tympany the abdomen when thumped sounds lik ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Xray needed: If there is a possibility of bowel obstruction and symptoms are minimal, a flat film of the abdomen will reveal the presence of distended loops of bow ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Maybe: Any abdominal surgery, even an appendectomy poses some long term risk of adhesion formation and possible bowel obstruction any time in the future. Of ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Severe abdomen pain: Also very distended belly, no bowel movements. Possible fever, vomiting.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Swollen abdomen: Depending on the degree of obstruction and site, the abdomen enlarges, no passing of gas noted, developing of abdominal pain and possible vomiting dep ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Can not : Yes if partially obstructed that is the reason to call partial bowel obstruction which will lead to complete obstruction if untreated.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Bowel obstruction: Typically symptoms would include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, decreased stool output. The only way to determine someone has a bowel obstruction ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
The best way: Is to be examined by a colon and rectal surgeon to determine if a fistula is present and the best alternatives to properly mange or treat it.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
38 years experience Pediatric Surgery
If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (rlq) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lac ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginit ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Not a true diagnosis: Leaky gut is a proposed condition where certain toxins, microbes, or poor diet allows bacteria and toxic molecules to enter the system from inside the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: You will not know if there is a slow, mild bleed. A persistent slow bleed may cause anemia. A large bleed will produce bloody stool, fainting, weaknes ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Tests: Your would need blood test (liver function tests) and an image of the liver (ultrasound, ct, etc).
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Breaux
38 years experience Pediatric Surgery
If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (RLQ) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lac ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Singh
Dr. Raj Singh answered
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Kidney infection : Is called pyelonephritis and is different from a bladder infection. A baldder infection or UTI is diagnosed with urine culture whereas to diagnose pye ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
You can't : They are the same thing.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Get examined: you would need a rectal exam (digital examination and visualizatioin), and also a colonoscopy procedure to check the colon.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohamad Chaaban
13 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Rhinoscopy: You need to have your doctor look in your nose the deviation can be seen with a regulat nasal rhinoscopy or if it was deep, then needs ENT
A female asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
11 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on where: A cyst is a pocket of fluid and can occur in many different types of tissue. If it's in or close to the skin, you can feel it. If it's deeper down y ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
UTI in men?: It is very difficult for a boy or a man to get a urinary tract infection. But if one does it is quite dramatic. The common symptoms are an urge to pe ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: Do you wheeze at times? Find it difficult to exhale? Cough, especially with exposures or exertion? Get a spirometry, or pfts, though they may not be n ... Read More

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