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Abdominal Pain Pale Stools
I'm 25 years old and I have blood in my stool for the last 3-4 months, for the last month I had constipation and abdominal pain, can it be cancer?
Pale stool is a big issue and if it persists you must see a physician - it implies an issue with the biliary system or liver
lower abdominal cramps by themselves is too vague to give a useful answer. ...Read more
I am having upper abdominal pain below ribs but above navel, painful gas after eating, intermittent pale stools, occasional nausea but no weight loss?
Abdominal pain: It's time to see a gastroenterologist to make sure all is OK. Have your doctor refer you. ...Read more
I've had lower left abdominal pain with black coffee ground stools mixed with formed pale stools. Should I go to the emergency room, or can I wait?
I'm 4 weeks post c-section & tubal ligation & I'm having nausea after eating, bloating, abdominal pain (mostly after eating), and pale stools (started?
What causes steatorrhoea, highish blood amylase & occasionally lipase, loose pale stools? Normal abdominal ultrasound, CT and colonoscopy.
Not absorbing fat: Fat in stool can cause bulky foul smelling stool that floats, oily or greasy appearance. Fat in stool is not absorbed by digestive tract. Temporary steatorrhea may result from dietary changes or intestinal infections. Steatorrhea that is persistent may result from block of the biliary tract, pancreatitis or intestinal malabsorption. Need pancreatic lipase to break down ingested fat. ...Read more
My daughter is 14 years old for 5 weeks now she has had constant nausea vomiting now controlled by medication upper abdominal pain constant head aches tiredness very pale lack of appetite no fever BP is normal liver is inflamed and painful and upper stoma
Pale rider: No - constipation by itself cannot change the color of stools - that is either a function of what you eaten or sometimes from blockages of the liver ducts. Pale is subjective - you must see a physician for this as pale stools can be the sign of a serious problem - but not always. ...Read more
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Stool comes in a range of colors. All shades of brown and even green are considered normal. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition.
A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction.
Certain medications, such as large doses of (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more
I have had yellow and pale stools for about 2 months. I am 17 years old and I am afraid I have cancer or something else that is serious whatsacommonc?
Need to assess:
Pale stools could be related to foods and poor bile flow. If transient it can be normal. If you have juandice associated it needs eval right away. Mal absorption of fats can cause that too. So as you you see there are many causes. Do place a consult with us so we can better help you.
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Bile problems: White stools can be associated with gallblader disease. ...Read more
My HIDA scan showed my gallbladder had a 6%ejection fraction. Should my gallbladder be removed? Also intermittent pain and pale stools
I have been on Methotrexate for a couple of months now. For a week, I have had pale stools. Is this related and should I bother my doc about it?
I am experiencing abdominal pain for 3weeks, mostly left side upper and lower. My stool was pale white last week and bright green the past few days?
See your Dr!: Some changes in stool color are normal, due to variations in diet, however if you are also having abdominal pain, you should see your Dr. Sometimes gallbladder disease can cause stools to be a light white-clay color from lack of bile, whereas too much bile can make the stools green! Pain is located on the rt side, but it is worth ruling out. A good exam and labwork should help determine the prob. ...Read more
My 3 year old has had pale/light colored stool for 3 days, watery to very loose. No recent diet change; still active; no fever; no other symptoms?
Toddler' diarrhea: This is most like a harmless process called toddler's diarrhea. There are frequently several watery stools per day with frequent bits of undigested food. If the pale color persists, or the condition worsens, you will want to have your child checked by a primary care provider. ...Read more
6 yr old jumped off bed fell on edge of day bed blow on abdomen. Turned pale fast heartbeat abdominal pain soon became stable is internal damage risk?
Unlikely: If he continues to improve and has no symptoms, there is unlikely internal damage. This mechanism is an unlikely cause of internal damage. If he develops any new symptoms or the pain returns; have him checked. All the best. ...Read more
With a large hernia involving transcending colon protrusion I sneezed last night and since felt a painful stretching of the affected area and now pale stools...what could have happened?
Incarcerated hernia: It might strangulate, see a surgeonGet a more detailed answer ›
I am experiencing abdominal pain, mostly left side upper and lower. My stool was pale white last week and bright green the past few days. Sometimes mushy sometimes solid but always green. Pain started about 3 weeks ago that I can remember, maybe longer, I
See your physician: It's somewhat worrisome that you are having pain for such a long period of time. The pain from a typical viral gastroenteritis usually won't last 3 weeks and usually presents with acute diarrhea. The presence of pain is more significant than the green color (which often indicates that food is passing thru your intestines faster than usual). You must see a physician for a proper diagnosis and Rx. ...Read more
Pale stools: Have clay / pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. ...Read more
Pake stools: This can be a sign of biliary obstruction cause are numerous see your physician asap! ...Read more
I have upper middle abdominal pain, paleness, chills and dizziness, all made worse about 20 minutes after eating anything. What's going on??
Non-cardiac pyrosis?: For food-associated epigastric pain, reduce consumption of spicy, greasy food, mints, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, & eating before bedtime. Lose weight as warranted. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Stop smoking, alcohol, nonprescribed NSAID's. Consider a 2-4 week trial of over-the-counter PPI's (Prilosec, Nexium, (esomeprazole) etc). & still no relief, don't delay medical eval pls ...Read more
My 8yr old daughter had been taking infant movicol fir a week and gas passed pale stools over the last two days. Is this connected to the medication?
Laxative: Movical is a laxative and depending on the dose will cause loose stools if dose is higher than needed. The medication should not affect the color of her stools, so if they look really unusually pale, it could be related to either dietary change or decrease in bile from the liver. If she has dark urine or abdominal pain, she should be seen. ...Read more
My daughter is 16 and has never gotten her period? Is there anything wrong with that. She gets pale, vomits, gets abdominal pain, symptoms of cramps
Needs a full eval: Failure to have menses by 16 is abnormal. If you add this to periods of abdominal pain & the otherwise developed young woman may have a problem that needs medical attention. Sometimes the vaginal opening is covered by a full membrane rather than a partly open hymen. This can prevent menstrual flow & lead to the symptoms you describe. ...Read more
My 4 year old son had very pale stools today along with normal-colored stool. It is the first time this has happened. Should I be concerned?
No reason to worry: There is no reason to worry for pale stools it is normal and don't cause any problem and is not due to any medical condition ...Read more
Not usnual: The color of stools depends on multiple factors, including what you have eaten, the bacterial flora present in your colon, the amount of bile you are putting out, and other factors. As long as your stools are not entirely white in color this will correct itself shortly and you will be reassured. Good luck. ...Read more
I've had soft stools that are pale and some abdominal pain for a week now, im only 20. I had diarrhea last weekend. When should I see a doctor?
I have a WBC of 10.4, I have ulq abdominal pain, very tired, don't want to eat much, bone pain, nausea, feel sick and look very pale. Any thoughts?
GET SEEN, need EGD:
Please get seen right away because you may have a G.I. Bleed 'being very pale'. I recommend an egd (upper scope) to rule out 'bleeding ulcer' or worse. The location of pain, 'feeling sick', 'tired' are all consistent with a bleeding ulcer diagnosis.
You may aslo need an ct.
The WBC of 10.4 is not too helpful but what are hemoglobin/hematocrit? (which can be normal @ the onset of bleeding). ...Read more
Is surgery indicated for gallbladder that causes tenderness, pale stools? Symptoms intermittent over years. Had sand yrs ago. Also have hiatal hernia.
Maybe/Maybe not.: The anatomy of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver needs to be assessed, possibly using ultrasound to look for problems in the region. If you are not having pain, or symptoms are not thought to be related to a problem with your gallbladder then the answer wouln't be cholecystectomy. The best answer to your question would be to have a discussion with your doctor in person about this. Best wishes! ...Read more
5 mnths now 3yr old has abdominal pain, body aches, very pale, very fatigued, headaches, pain under left rib. Seeing paed next week. Scared leukemia?
I've had left abdominal pain, clay stools, my skin is now pale and my joints are really sore. What should I do?
See a doctor: Your symptoms are non specific. They could be passing or something more. Please see a doctor very soon. If symptoms persist ...Read more
3yr old son has loose pale stools last two days. No fever or vomiting. Says tummy hurts sometimes. Should I take to dr or wait it out a day or two?
Playful?: That's a touch question to answer because I'm a believer that if a parent is concerned enough to bring it up then it's perfectly fine to be evaluated. Having said that- if he is playful, tolerating liquids, urinating at least 4-6 times daily, then you don't have to rush to the emergency room and can schedule to be seen by his pediatrician. ...Read more
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