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Doctor insights on: Distended Stomach Constipation And Internal Bleeding

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Chronic constipation no obstruction or any disease, just an extremely boated and distended stomach. Howcan I clear out all the built up fecal matter?

Chronic constipation no obstruction or any disease, just an extremely boated and distended stomach. Howcan I clear out all the built up fecal matter?

Several options..: Patients with chronic constipation should understand they have a very efficient colon in reabsorbing water and holding on to residue. To have more regular bowel movements will mean providing the colon with daily help (supplement) — a fiber product (metamucil, prunes), stool softener (doss), or osmotic laxative (glycolax, mom). But not a stimulant laxative such as dulcolax or senna herbal products. ...Read more

Internal Bleeding (Definition)

Also known as an internal hemorrhage, internal bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs inside the body that is not seen from the outside. This happens when there is damage to an artery or vein from trauma, an injury to the spleen, a ruptured aneurysm, or erosion into an artery or vein from cancer or gastric ulcer. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency ...Read more


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On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25-day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25-day cycle. My BMI is 17.0, I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

Weight: Your low weight may be a contributing factor — especially if you work out excessively. This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25-day cycle. BMI is 17.0,I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, insomnia, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

On day 73 of my menstural cycle, usually a 25-day cycle. BMI is 17.0,I have constipation, dry/thinning hair, insomnia, distended stomach, and burp a lot.

See doctor: A BMI or 17 and ammenorrhea suggest metabolic issues that are not discernible without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. The reason for your excessively low weight needs to be determined. ...Read more

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I had CT scan (oral barium sulfate & iv iodine contrast) yesterday and am very constipated w/ a distended stomach. Do I need to talk to my doctor?

I had CT scan (oral barium sulfate & iv iodine contrast) yesterday and am very constipated w/ a distended stomach. Do I need to talk to my doctor?

Yes: Good hydration after oral and IV contrast is recommended, however the oral contrast from a CT is very thin and dilute and should not cause these symptoms. Follow up with your doctor is appropriate (as well as to review the finding of scan). ...Read more

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I am a 23-year-old female who has had abdominal distention for 10 months in addition to constipation. I have a pulsating mass around my belly button?

I am a 23-year-old female who has had abdominal distention for 10 months in addition to constipation.  I have a pulsating mass around my belly button?

Need an exam: How long have you had the mass? How large is it?
Etc, etc. These are just a few of the questions a physician would want to ask you during a visit. Then he would examen you. It's not possible to give you a diagnosis in this limited format. Giving you a list of possible causes won't help you. You won't be able to diagnosis yourself.

It's time to see a physician if your concerned ...Read more

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Is black and tarry stool and abdominal distention following an epidural steroid injection signs of gastric bleeding?

Is black and tarry stool and abdominal distention following an epidural steroid injection signs of gastric bleeding?

Yes : Black and tarry stools with abdominal distention is a reason to seek immediate medical attention. It may indicate bleeding and bowel obstruction requiring surgical intervention. ...Read more

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I hit my right abdomen with the car door. What are he signs and symptoms of internal bleeding???

I hit my right abdomen with the car door. What are he signs and symptoms of internal bleeding???

Severe pain: Trauma severe enough to cause intra-abdominal bleeding will likely result in severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, and worsening tenderness of the abdomen. The presence of any symptoms just listed should prompt an immediate trip to the nearest emergency room without delay. ...Read more

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How hard does a blow to the abdomen have to be to cause internal bleeding? How many hours before symptoms arise?

How hard does a blow to the abdomen have to be to cause internal bleeding? How many hours before symptoms arise?

It depends: Any abdominal trauma has the potential to injure your spleen or other viscera, and cause internal bleeding. That said, it generally takes a great deal of force to cause internal bleeding, such as from a car wreck or serious altercation. However, if you have a condition that gives you splenomegaly, it is much easier to be injured. This is a common problem with infectious mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Light cramps in abdomen and rectal bleeding no constipation, diarreah. I drink plenty of water... I heard it may be an early pregnancy symptom?

Light cramps in abdomen and rectal bleeding no constipation, diarreah. I drink plenty of water... I heard it may be an early pregnancy symptom?

See your doctor: Rectal bleeding is not a sign of pregnancy. It can be related to constipation or polyps. It may be a minor problem or a serious problem. Please see your doctor and get yourself checked. Cramping can be due to constipation. Cramping if pregnant requires a check-up rightaway. ...Read more

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I'm having symptoms of bloated and distended stomach regardless of diet, tried everything please help?

I'm having symptoms of bloated and distended stomach regardless of diet, tried everything please help?

Get evaluated.: There could be something wrong. At the least, you may need some blood testing, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal CT scan and perhaps EGD to get to the root of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the doctor for a painful distended stomach?

Do you think I should go to the doctor for a painful distended stomach?

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

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My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

Good question: 1. Change of center of gravity, with swollen abdomen like ascites, other condition like pregnancy, obesity can load the spine to cause back pain.
I would discuss with your pcp re:physical therapy. ...Read more

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Am i swallowing too much air throughout the day and while eating? Why do I have distended stomach? Acidity, anxiety? Will I go back to normal stomach

Am i swallowing too much air throughout the day and while eating? Why do I have distended stomach? Acidity, anxiety? Will I go back to normal stomach

H. Pylori: A bacterium that likes the acid in your stomach can cause stomach upset. A doctor can do a blood or breath test for this. You might also have a food intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). ...Read more

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Bloated distended stomach, weight gain. I eat ~1100 calories a day so what else can I do?

Bloated distended stomach, weight gain. I eat ~1100 calories a day so what else can I do?

Get a check up: If you are really eating 1100calories a day and gaining weight, you need to consult your doctor and get a thorough physical exam and test for thyroid as it makes no sense that you are gaining weight on 1100 calories. ...Read more

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What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

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

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Ascites — distended stomach size is not decreasing. What to do?

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

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How do cachectics avoid a distended stomach from malnutrition?

Protien : The reason malnurished pts have distended abdomens is that 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

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Distended stomach after hernia repair. How long to get back to normal.

Distended stomach after hernia repair. How long to get back to normal.

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

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What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

Symptoms: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Prilosec vs Pepcid (famotidine) vs probiotics for distended stomach?

The answer...: The answer to what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues, if you take them regularly. The two meds you mention reduce stomach acid and are unlikely to help with distention. If this is happening often, look to your diet for a solution. This problem is often diet related. ...Read more

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Distended stomach from asthma? I'm trying to do belly breathing, but I think constant hyperventilation from untreated anxiety has affected my stomach.

Distended stomach from asthma? I'm trying to do belly breathing, but I think constant hyperventilation from untreated anxiety has affected my stomach.

See your doctor: If you have asthma, you should see a doctor to find what treatments would benefit you most. Asthma can be life-threatening if not properly controlled with the right medications. ...Read more

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What can my husband do about distended stomach and smelly gas?

What can my husband do about distended stomach and smelly gas?

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

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Is it usual to feel better, then start having pain again on right side two weeks after lap appendectomy? Feel nautious, distended stomach still.

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

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What causes that feeling of being gassy or having a distended stomach after eating?

What causes that feeling of being gassy or having a distended stomach after eating?

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

Distended Stomach (Definition)

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


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Swollen Abdomen (Definition)

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