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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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What tests are used to diagnose stomach tuberculosis? Suffer from abdominal pain-at navel area, heaviness, gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating.Thanks.

What tests are used to diagnose stomach tuberculosis? Suffer from abdominal pain-at navel area, heaviness, gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating.Thanks.

GI Tbc: This is a very uncommon condition in the usa. Generally occurs when you have pulmonary tuberculosis and reduced gastric acidity so that organisms are swallowed and make it past the stomach into the intestinal tract beyond. You should be seen by a gastroenterologist and evaluated and make sure to voice your concerns about tuberculosis. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I've had this problem for 5 days with abdominal pain, diarrhea some, gas, and bloating. Do I go to ER or wait to see my family doctor?

I've had this problem for 5 days with abdominal pain, diarrhea some, gas, and bloating. Do I go to ER or wait to see my family doctor?

Symptoms are not ER: -worthy, unless your diarrhea is resulting in dehydration. Are your mouth and lips dry? Are you peeing less? Do you feel your heart racing? If not, you're less likely to be dehydrated. 5 days of diarrhea, pain, gas, and bloating sounds like a problem your family doctor should be able to take care of. ...Read more

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I have too much bloating & gas,as well as constipation followed by diarrhea,but not much abdominal pain.is it IBS?what can i do besides tellin my doc?

I have too much bloating & gas,as well as constipation followed by diarrhea,but not much abdominal pain.is it IBS?what can i do besides tellin my doc?

Good beginning!: Good medicine always begins with the history. Make an appointment with your doc and tell him the full story from the very beginning. Then hopefully he will do a complete and thorough physical examination and then if he deems it necessary order some laboratory tests and when the results come back tell you what his thoughts are and suggested solutions. The key though is always the history! Good luck ...Read more

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What causes, lower abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and hot flashes?

What causes, lower abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and hot flashes?

Bloating, diarrhea: By the way you describe the symptoms it is either a food allergy (i.e. Gluten or lactose) with "hot flashes" just being vasodilatation form histamine release, or viral/bacterial enteritis (i.e. Stomach flu or food poisoning). If it is a food allergy it will occur regularly, a enteritis typically passes without much treatment. ...Read more

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I took cipro (ciprofloxacin) for Trav. Diarrhea two weeks ago, I then became constipated. Now the last two days I've had severe bloating, waves of abdominal pain?

I took cipro (ciprofloxacin) for Trav. Diarrhea two weeks ago, I then became constipated. Now the last two days I've had severe bloating, waves of abdominal pain?

Constipation: I recommend that you insert a glycerin rectal suppository and/or give yourself a fleets enema in view of your abdominal discomfort and bloating. I don't recommend a laxative stimulant by mouth as you seem to need treatment that works from below. If increased abdominal discomfort and distension or vomiting occurs, you'll need urgent evaluation and treatment. Senokot (senna) by mouth is ok if no pain,bloat. ...Read more

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I'm feeling sick after taking laxatives for the first time, is this common? I have abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and a mild fever.

I'm feeling sick after taking laxatives for the first time, is this common? I have abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and a mild fever.

Sick after laxative: Depending on which type you might have some bloating and if it worked "too well" some diarrhea. Some of the laxatives have fiber and other ingredients that can cause "fermentation" while waiting to move thru. This will cause bloating. Other laxatives cause a movement of water into the gut causing discomfort and bloating and nausea. It is a little unusual at 20 to have serious constipation. ...Read more

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I think i became lactose intolerant. My symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lower sever abdominal pain, back pain by kidneys, bloating, and gassy?

I think i became lactose intolerant. My symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lower sever abdominal pain, back pain by kidneys, bloating, and gassy?

Lactose intolerance?: Lactose breath testing (objective) or a clinical response to lactase enzyme supplements ;/or milk avoidance (subjective decline in the gassiness ; diarrhea associated with ingesting lactose) may clarify your concern. Some (particularly children) with suspected lactose intolerance however are intolerance to other milk components. Bleeding, weight loss, significant tenderness is not lactose intol. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more