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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


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I have Crohn's disease, and I have some news symptoms - black stool, upper abdominal pain. What causes black stool?

I have Crohn's disease, and I have some news symptoms - black stool, upper abdominal pain.  What causes black stool?

Black stool?: Get to a medical professional to determine that you are not having a high intestinal bleed. ...Read more

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I'm having upper abdominal pain (sharp & cramping) w/ black stools & nausea (past 2 days). What could this be?

I'm having upper abdominal pain (sharp & cramping) w/ black stools & nausea (past 2 days). What could this be?

Bleeding: This could be an ulcer in your stomach or duodenum which is bleeding. You should see your doctor and check your blood hemoglobin as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have abdominal pain and black, grainy stools?

What does it mean to have abdominal pain and black, grainy stools?

Melena?: Black, mushy (tarry), malodorous stools combined with abdominal pain could be related to gastrointestinal bleeding. This would warrant prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Right lower side abdominal pain, lower side back pains, black stool, lightheaded ness what's going on?

Right lower side abdominal pain, lower side back pains, black stool, lightheaded ness what's going on?

You need to: get checked out by a doctor. Black stool could be blood, lightheadededness might be acute anemia, and abdominal pain could be coming from intestinal tract. ...Read more

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Had abdominal cramps and pain and experiencing black stool for 3 days. now for the past 2 my stool is back to looking brown but still abdominal pain?

Had abdominal cramps and pain and experiencing black stool for 3 days. now for the past 2 my stool is back to looking brown but still abdominal pain?

See your doctor: Since you may have had bleeding in your intestine, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. The issue may be beyond self-diagnosis and self-treatment. ...Read more

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Had abdominal cramps and pain and experiencing black stool for 3 days. now for the past 2 my stool is back to looking brown but still abdominal pain?

See doctor: You were advised to see your doctor to ascertain the cause of black stools and to rule out intestinal bleed in particular. Even though your stool is not black now, you should still see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


Dr. Irina Medwin
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Black Tar Colored Stools (Definition)

Black stool is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) has a black color, or sometimes a very dark red color. Black stools are usually due to old blood (fresh bleeding is red in color). ...Read more