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Distended Stomach After Appendectomy
Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.
Appendix: I would speak to your surgeon about this and get yourself check out to rule out post op complication or alternative diagnosis. ...Read more
An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more
C. Diff: Have to be concerned about an infection in the colon caused by a bacterium called clostridium difficila. Most often occurs after given an antibiotic for some other reason (appendicitis). Anitibiotics can kill off "good" bacteria in colon leading to over growth of bad bugs- c. Diff. Need to have stool checked and if present treated with oral antibiotics. Good also be an abscess in pelvis. ...Read more
Gas: Gas and bloating in the abdomen can be normal for a few days after appendix surgery. Was surgery laparoscopic, as gas is used during that surgery for visualization & causes bloated feeling for a few days. Slow inestinal function (ileus) is also common. Eat light small foods. See your surgeon for evaluation & sooner if vomiting or fevers. ...Read more
3 days post op: laproscopic appendectomy and lysis of adhesions. Passing gas, but abdomen distended, intermittent sharp pains, dizziness. Now what?
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Gas; distention: Can be caused by swallowing air, dairy products in people who lack enzyme to break down milk sugar, beans & peanuts, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts), carbonated beverages. Gas-x (simethicone) can help in many cases. Lactaid provides the missing enzyme for digesting milk sugar. Beano has enzyme that helps digest oligosaccharides in beans & peanuts. ...Read more
I have a distended stomach for 2 weeks now, it's very large and feels very uncomfortable just below my chest. Had colonoscopy and all clear.
? gas: Bloating of the abdomen is usually due to gaseous accumulation although fluid build-up or enlarged organs or aortic aneurysm can cause abdominal distension. To relieve gaseous distension drink hot water and apply a hot water bottle to the abdomen which helps break down gas build-up and enables you to pass it. Taking simethicone after meals prevents the gas build-up. See your Physician as needed. ...Read more
Bloat: A distended stomach results from air in bowel loops. Air in the colon can result in bloat. The passage of gas can relieve this. Air in small bowel is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
Inguinal hernia: Depending on where your stomach is distended, it sounds as if you may have an inguinal (groin) hernia -- a weakness in the abdominal wall muscles that can allow the guts to push out with upright position, coughing, lifting, or straining. Since an inguinal hernia is closely associated with the cord that goes to the testicle, it can push the testicle lower in the scrotum or enlarge the scrotum. ...Read more
I'm having symptoms of bloated and distended stomach regardless of diet, tried everything please help?
Distended stomach all day despite only having eaten an apple over 12 hours ago. Is it normal for this to continue even when not eating?
Abdominal Distension: Abdominal distension is usually, and especially in your case, due to intestinal gas that may or may not be related to what you ate. Often people with particular food allergies can experience this. In my experience, digestive enzymes (over the counter) can help with people who suffer chronically from this. But the bottom line is that it is not serious unless associated with severe pain. ...Read more
Evaluation: A distended stomach is not ascites. An extended abdomen (area below the diaphram) may be from ascites. In any case an evaluation of the cause is needed. If ascites then imaging and likely a paracentesis for fluid analysis (diagnostic) and distension relief (therapeutic) may be performed. Ascites can be caused by liver disease, cancer, inflammation/infection (eg tb), and many other causes. ...Read more
Yes: You need to be examined by a physician and between you and him/her decide what needs to be done especially if condition is acute in nature i.E of recent onset. ...Read more
Protien: The reason malnurished pts have distended abdomens is because of fluid accumulation and is called ascites. Protien and Albumin hold fluids in the vessels. Malnurished pts have low levels of these and fluids escape the vesels and accumulate in the abdomen. Supplements rich in protien may help ...Read more
Aerophagia versus...: Aerophagia (swallowed air) distends stomach & may result in burping. Also, gassiness/ stomach distension after meals can reflect: 1) partial gastric outlet obstruction due to gastritis/ulcer; 2) pyloric narrowing from scar; 3) gastroparesis due to delayed emptying of stomach (as w/diabetic gut neuropathy); 4) bacterial overgrowth in gut; 5) any malabsorption; 6) pancreatic maldigestion 7) lots more. ...Read more
Lots of things: Distension after meals suggests gastroparesis (a slow stomach) or dysmotility of the small or large intestine. Distension is often reported by irritable bowel syndrome patients who exhibit no structural pathology. Partial or complete obstruction of the bowel can cause distenstion. Accumulation of ascites fluid (benign or malignant causes), pregnancy, organ enlargement, herniation are others. ...Read more
Several weeks: This is very common, and usually takes several weeks to return to normal, but don;t worry, because the distension will go down. As always, if you think something is really wrong, contact your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more
A distended stomach results from air in bowel loops. Air in the colon can result in bloat. The passage of gas can relieve this. Air in small bowel is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also ...Read more
An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more