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Doctor insights on: Group Bowel Stomach Ailments

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Can I claim disability benefit for my stomach having irritable bowel disease?

Can I claim disability benefit for my stomach having irritable bowel disease?

Disability: You can claim anything. How is it that your ibs is impairing you such that you cannot work? Very unusual that this would be considered a disability. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Hello, my friend has inflammatory bowel disease. Even after taking so much care there is problem of diarreah and stomach ache. What can be done?

Hello, my friend has inflammatory bowel disease. Even after taking so much care there is problem of diarreah and stomach ache. What can be done?

Get a second: ...Opinion. If the gastro guy can't resolve the problem I would suggest have the entire medical date on hand and you friend should have a second opinion by an other specialist. Many times a new set of eyes and ears could do wanders. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease? I.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease? I.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Diverticula are: Formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticula can form while straining during a bowel movement, such as with constipation. Squeezing the colon increases the pressure within the colon lumen. There are likely both voluntary and involuntary components in the development of dive reticular disease. ...Read more

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dr did biopsy on my stomach & small intestine& said similar swelling like crohns but said don't have it. Is there any disease that can look like it?

dr did biopsy on my stomach & small intestine& said similar swelling like crohns but said don't have it. Is there any disease that can look like it?

Swelling: Isn't a characteristic finding of Crohn's as much as discrete small ulcers are. Inflammation of the stomach and intestine could be gastritis related to medication, infection, ulcer disease, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, etc. The answer is going to be in the report written by the pathologist on the biopsies that were taken during your endoscopy. ...Read more

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Had gilberts disease 4 years ago. Could this be an abdominal mass or something related to the liver or small intestine?

Had gilberts disease 4 years ago. Could this be an abdominal mass or something related to the liver or small intestine?

Liver enzyme: Gilbert's disease/syndrome is the reduced availability of a liver enzyme that metabolizes bilirubin so the usual symptoms are just mild jaundice. Affected people see episodes of jaundice often associated with stress such as infection, illness, exertion, fasting, etc. Affected people have increased risk for gallstones. ...Read more

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Why does gluten cause some people abdomen discomfort when the blood work for celiacs disease was negative?

Why does gluten cause some people abdomen discomfort when the blood work for celiacs disease was negative?

Variable: This question is difficult to answer because it really depends on what is being eaten.

In general some people "respond" to limiting gluten despite not having the disease because they are now paying attention to food labels. Gluten containing foods tend to be highly refined or processed. So by avoiding these one is eating more real food. ...Read more

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My abdomen hurts on the left side, it is very sensitive to the touch =[ like when I just barely rub it there isn't really any b/g info that will help besides past possible pelivic inflammatory disease

My abdomen hurts on the left side, it is very sensitive to the touch =[ like when I just barely rub it there isn't really any b/g info that will help besides past possible pelivic inflammatory disease

Abdominal: Abdominal pain is very serious, and should be treated as such. Therfore I will start by stating that you need a work/evaluation by your primary care provider. You could be dealing with a wide range of problems including muscle pain, ulcers, female issues, spleen enlargement etc. The list could go on and on, but without more history, a physical, and diagnostic testing it is very difficult to even guess.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Could kidney disease cause a feeling of pressure on my right abdomen?

Could kidney disease cause a feeling of pressure on my right abdomen?

Possibly: It depends on what type of "kidney disease" you are describing. Kidney infections and kidney stones could cause discomfort on the side of the kidney affected. Kidney cysts usually do not cause pressure, and rarely kidney tumors would cause pressure. Kidney dysfunction such as forms of kidney failure usually do not cause pain or pressure. ...Read more

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I am 53 yrs old. Was just diagnosed with addison disease. I have awful pains in my lower right side and left of my abdomen is this part of the addis.

Addison disease: Addison's disease is a disorder that occurs when your body produces insufficient amounts of certain hormones produced by your adrenal glands. Addisonian crisis symptoms might include pain in your lower back, abdomen or legs, severe vomiting and diarrhea, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness. .. ...Read more

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I've had some dull pain in my upper right abdomen where I think my liver is located. Is this a sign of fatty liver disease?

I've had some dull pain in my upper right abdomen where I think my liver is located. Is this a sign of fatty liver disease?

Possible: It is possible, if the liver is enlarged due to excess amount of fat, a person can get dull pain in the upper right abdomen. Other problems should be excluded, and an image of the liver is indicated ...Read more

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If I have a pancreatic disorder when do I need to see a doctor. Pain in the upper middle abdomen w/ nausea?

If I have a pancreatic disorder when do I need to see a doctor. Pain in the upper middle abdomen w/ nausea?

Maybe: You may also have gallbladder inflammation especially that you are the age when such risk (especially being female) is high. Please have an ultrasound of the abdomen as soon as possible in addition to blood work by your pcp. Avoid greasy food in the time being. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could kidney failure or disease sometimes ppresent with a rash on yr upperr abdomen in a straight line but only on the sides?

Could kidney failure or disease sometimes ppresent with a rash on yr upperr abdomen in a straight line but only on the sides?

Probably not: If that is the only thing you notice, then it would not likely be a sign of kidney failure or disease. Your doctor can do simple blood and urine tests to see how your kidneys are functioning. ...Read more

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I just got scratched in several places on my abdomen by a cat. Will not having a spleen make me more likely to get cat scratch disease?

I just got scratched in several places on my abdomen by a cat. Will not having a spleen make me more likely to get cat scratch disease?

A splenic: Not having a spleen will make you more at risk for many types of bacterial infections, especially those of "encapsulated organisms." streptococcus, heamophilus, neiseria. Cat scratch disease does travel through the lymphatic system but usually regionally from the lymph node near the scratch site which are intact in you. Luckily it is rare, but as an a-splenic be cautious with all infections. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath and hard lump in the abdomen the result of end stage liver disease?

Is shortness of breath and hard lump in the abdomen the result of end stage liver disease?

It can be.: Ascites is a condition commonly associated with end stage liver disease where the abdominal cavity is filled with fluid that seeps out of the liver. Medication can help, sometimes supplemented by draining the fluid with a needle-catheter. With severe ascites, the abdomen gets large, making it difficult to take deep breaths. Also, it is common for umbilical hernias to develop, causing a hard lump. ...Read more

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I always have this spasm of my stomach and is too painful as well as in my lower abdomen what is this disease? Is there treatment for this?

I always have this spasm of my stomach and is too painful as well as in my lower abdomen what is this disease? Is there treatment for this?

Go to the Doctor: I am sorry to report but your symptoms could represent at least a hundred different possible problems. Pain means it is time to get a full evaluation with a physician in person. ...Read more

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After eating I get a bump in my lower left abdomen, shooting pains up my abdomen to my chest when I press on the bump. I do have celiac disease.

After eating I get a bump in my lower left abdomen, shooting pains up my abdomen to my chest when I press on the bump. I do have celiac disease.

Nonspecific: Any bump in the abdomen that can be pressed on, and goes away could represent a hernia. You didn't exactly describe that scenario however. Sounds like it may be worth seeing your primary care provider for a proper evaluation and exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have IBS and Crohn's disease. Today I'm experiencing sharp pains in my left upper abdomen, under ribs on left side and my back. Related to Crohns?

Could be: Unfortunately it can be hard to tell as many things can cause those symptoms. Have you had a crohn's flair in the past? If so, does it feel similar. I would watch for red flags (prolonged or worse pain, blood in the stool, fevers, chills, etc). If so I would get seen immediately. ...Read more

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My upper abdomen is swelled as compared to my lower one and I have been having loose stools for a week. Could I please know what disease I am sufferin?

My upper abdomen is swelled as compared to my lower one and I have been having loose stools for a week. Could I please know what disease I am sufferin?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis from a viral infection or from food poisoning could cause these symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome can also be a cause, but this is usually a chronic, recurrent problem. The first 2 possibilities should resolve in a few days. You can take kaopectate and avoid eating roughage to relieve diarrhea. Taking mylanta or gasX relieves bloating. ...Read more

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My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

Probably: Repeat obstruction of the gallbladder leads to more symptoms and eventually complete blockage of one of the ducts, leading to an emergency. Seek surgical care soon. The source of pain may be different. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B couse abdominal distension and pain in the upper abdomen.? 4 years that discovered disease, she dosn't use drugs, should it use? What?

Can hepatitis B couse abdominal distension and pain in the upper abdomen.? 4 years that discovered disease, she dosn't use drugs, should it use? What?

See specialist: Hi. Hepatitis B can cause serious liver damage, all the way to liver failure; it can also cause liver cancer. The pain and swelling could be an enlarged liver stretching it's capsule. Your friend should see a liver specialist experienced with treating viral hepatitis. ...Read more

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Hard bump in center of abdomen. No food in 2 weeks. Not constipated taking laxatives. Celiac disease for 12 years. Pains in chest when I push on it?

Hard bump in center of abdomen. No food in 2 weeks. Not constipated taking laxatives. Celiac disease for 12 years. Pains in chest when I push on it?

See doctor now: No food for 2 weeks but why taking laxative without constipation? Your problem does not appear to be related to Celiac disease if you have been avoiding gluten. You need to be examined by your doctor ...Read more

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Burning sensation in abdomen upper right corner since 2-3 yrs approx, no gall stones detected, iam occasional alcoholic & smoker, is it liver disease?

Maybe...: Not enough information to confirm your liver concern, however discomfort as described is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss the problem that is. Time to get checked. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more