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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes appendicitis, flatulence, ulcers, diabetes, and constipation?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes appendicitis, flatulence, ulcers, diabetes, and constipation?

That's a lot...: ...To answer in 400 characters or less (which is the limit we can input for your answer). For starters, do you have all these conditions and are trying to determine if they are related, or are you just curious about a bunch of different disorders? Happy to help, but you may find your answers in the many excellent healthtap responses already posted for each disease entity above.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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Could my stomach ulcer be the cause of my weight gain, (and inability to loose it) bloating, burning upper stomach, constipation, and dhiarria?

Could my stomach ulcer be the cause of my weight gain, (and inability to loose it) bloating, burning upper stomach, constipation, and dhiarria?

No.: Ulcers don't cause weight gain, although they can certainly cause burning in the stomach area. Bloating, constipation and diarrhea are likely separate from the ulcer. Any time I hear this many abdominal complaints, what comes to mind is the probable need for dietary change, at the very least. You could have irritably bowel syndrome or several other problems as well. See your doctor.

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I have stomach pain when I am hungry. In addition I have constipation too. Does constipation create gas that cause pain? Or is it a symptom of ulcer

I have stomach pain when I am hungry. In addition I have constipation too. Does constipation create gas that cause pain? Or is it a symptom of ulcer

Unclear cause: Ulcers typically cause upper abdominal pain and could be associated with nausea and/or GI bleeding. Pain from constipation is typically in the lower abdomen. I'd suggest you address the constipation first with a high fiber diet, stool softeners (e.g. Colace) and fiber supplement (e.g. Metamucil). You may also need a laxative in which case I suggest mom or miralax (polyethylene glycol). Avoid taking asa/nsaids.

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Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

No: All GI complaints mentioned are totally unrelated to a stomach ulcer. The latter produces upper midline abdominal pain relieved by food or antiacids and if perforating posteriorly into lesser sac, the space behind the stomach, back pain develops. Constipation or loose stool related to diet or inflammation of bowel and if in sigmoid colon with diverticular disease. Lt. lower abodiminal pain noted

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Can taking to many laxatives cause serious stomach issues, like ulcer? I've been taking lax. Per dr. Cause constipated but been having TUMMY PAINS

Can taking to many laxatives cause serious stomach issues, like ulcer? I've been taking lax. Per dr. Cause constipated but been having TUMMY PAINS

Absolutely-depending: On agents, quantities & what altered responses, within you, which they stimulate. Many laxatives stimulate? Ed intestinal activity & contractions, easily inducing intestinal cramping. While ulcers unlikely, intestinal cramping can be quite variable & painful, yet not effective for & promote constipation. Your primary physician is always self; Docs only advise & are paid for client's failures.

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I have been suffering with constipation for the past 9 mon, I also struggle with constant heartburn feels like an ulcer and an absent period, help!

I have been suffering with constipation for the past 9 mon, I also struggle with constant heartburn feels like an ulcer and an absent period, help!

You need check up: With all these symptoms you need to see your doctor or go to a clinic as you need thorough history and physical examinatin and find the right therapy for your symptoms.

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My mum had a history of an ulcer, constipation and a hernia which tells me poor blood supply. Numerous visits to the hospital and they sent her home.

My mum had a history of an ulcer, constipation and a hernia which tells me poor blood supply. Numerous visits to the hospital and they sent her home.

What is UR question?: Did you just want confirmation of your suspicion, or want clarity regarding your mom's condition while she's in the hospital? If so, you need to give us her issues you are worried about, and what meds she's on, and specific questions you'd like answer. We can help!

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Hi Dear doctor Unfortunately I had gastric ulcers when I was 21, it doesn't exist any more but I'm suffering from Constipation ; what's the treatment?

Constipation: Gastric ulcers are serious. I hope you are taking best care of your stomach. Constipation is typically a food and activity problem. Daily, make sure you eat high fiber foods: apple with skin, pear with skin, bran, whole grain oatmeal, peach with skin, apricot with skin, celery, asparagus, prune, prune juice; then walk for 20 min twice a day; minimize bread, sugar, muffin, pizza, pasta;

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Suffer from rectal ulcer with sessile polyp, I have continuos bloody mucous bleeding with constipation, am on pentasa (mesalamine) what to do else?

Suffer from rectal ulcer with sessile polyp, I have continuos bloody mucous bleeding with constipation, am on pentasa (mesalamine) what to do else?

Rectal Ulcer: You are on Mesalamine for uc? Of course, the bleeding and mucus is likely associated with active ulcerative colitis. A large sessile polyp, if it is a true polyp and not a uc pseudo polyp, can secrete mucus itself. It sounds to me that your ulcerative colitis is still not under control. Having said that, the rectal ulcer is likely associated also with your active disease. Get a 2nd opinion.

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Stomach grumbling and feels hungry constantly. Also very bloated. Is this gas/constipation or ulcer?

Hard to say: Ulcers usually hurt, but not always. Bloating is unusual. You can try an OTC acid blocker for a few days and if it doesn't get better, be seen. Make sure you're not drinking alcohol, coffee, acidic stuff like soda, and eat bland foods that do not make you feel worse. Good luck!

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Constipation load gurgling extremely swollen stomach severe stomach cramps now have diarreah pain not gone have been on ulcer tablets for a week?

Constipation load gurgling extremely swollen stomach severe stomach cramps now have diarreah pain not gone have been on ulcer tablets for a week?

Bowel Obstruction: Your symptoms are concerning for a bowel obstruction / obstipation. Would suggest ED evaluation for X-ray of your abdomen and possible other necessary interventions to resolve / improve your condition.

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Helcobactor stool sample came back normal. Does that mean I don't have an ulcer? Sore pressure feeling upper left ribcage & back. Constipation aswell

H. Pylori: A negative H. Pylori test does not rule out peptic ulcer disease, since that is only a possible etiology for it. Would also recommend stopping Mefenamic acid, an NSAID that can definitely cause stomach discomfort.

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I have a black and tarry stool. At the same time I have a constipation; but after endoscopy I don't have an ulcer. What is the main reason to have a black stool and constipation if not an ulcer?

I have a black and tarry stool. At the same time I have a constipation; but after endoscopy I don't have an ulcer. What is the main reason to have a black stool and constipation if not an ulcer?

See below: Generally black tarry stool indicates upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Iron supplements and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismal) can also turn stool black, although usually not tarry. If the endoscopy was normal you may be bleeding from the small intestine from Vascular anomalies (Angiodysplasia). Special studies are needed to diagnose these. Speak with your GI specialist.

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Stomach been hurting for 2 days because of ulcer, burning too. Haven't had bowel movement since pain started. Any link between ulcer/constipation?

Not eating?: Many people with ulcer pain have decreased appetite because of the pain on eating. They especially might avoid bulk foods that are high in fiber which would alleviate constipation. If you have an ulcer- you should be under a doctors care with medication that helps you feel better so you can eat. Stay away from alcohol, certain medications such as advil, ibuprofen, and caffeine products.

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Hard labor and change in diet. 50lbs weight loss just shy of a year. Frequent constipation and indigestion. Trial of Prilosec OTC was useless. Ulcer?

Hard labor and change in diet. 50lbs weight loss just shy of a year. Frequent constipation and indigestion. Trial of Prilosec OTC was useless. Ulcer?

Fiber and hydration: Just over 2 lb per month weight loss is good but set reasonable target weights below 95th percentile but above your height percentile. Ensure adequate hydration, fiber and vitamin intake. A psyllium-based product at recommended dose before meals with water would suffice.

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After lap appendectomy, I feeling dizzy sometimes, no fever, dull pain on the ex-appendix place, constipation, I also have peptic ulcer. Is it normal?

After lap appendectomy, I feeling dizzy sometimes, no fever, dull pain on the ex-appendix place, constipation, I also have peptic ulcer. Is it normal?

Maybe: Sounds like a typical recovery period except the peptic ulcer. Make sure to stay well hydrated, and consider avoiding the narcotic pain medication if possible because that can cause constipation. If you're worried, call your surgeon to find out more. And make sure you have a follow up exam anyway within a couple weeks after surgery. Hope this helps!

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I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

Constipation: Although iron deficiency does not cause constipation per se, iron supplements can cause constipation at times. If you are having this side effect, try increasing the fiber in your diet and maybe even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, with extra water. If this does not help, then switching to a different fiber supplement may be useful. Good luck.

Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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