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How Can You Tell If You Have A Bowel Obstruction
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
SBO or LBO: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor or surgeon as these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a GI issue or even a stricture or other causes of GI tract narrowing or blockage. ...Read more
Vomiting: Even severe constipation usually does not cause a person to vomit and be unable to hold down food and/or liquid. Green emesis is a sign of obstruction that is also not typical for constipation. The most immediate threats to people with a true blockage are dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and death of bowel tissues. Blockages need to be evaluated and treated by a surgeon. ...Read more
Some common symptoms: Common symptoms of uti: burning on urination, urgency, increase frequency, bladder/lower pelvic pressure, nocturia (night-time urination), maybe change of color and odor of urine etc..So, if you have any of these sypmtoms, consult doc for an evaluation/treatment. Otc med such as azo can help reduce the discomfort, but won't treat the infection itself. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Concussion: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The symptoms can include headache, dizziness, vision change (blurred vision/ double vision), nausea/vomiting. If your symptoms or headache are severe, or if you have a loss of consciousness, you should get evaluated immediately. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Three ways: 1) you cannot account for a period of time following the event-even if your friends or other observers say you acted awake 2) you have difficulty concentrating, easily distracted, bit irritable, sleeping is off, mild headache 3) if you hop on one foot, trying to stay on a floor target, you find you cannot stay on the target for ten hops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad experience: Some pts have auras, or premonitory symptoms, which include bright spots before the eyes, light flashes, perhaps numbness over face, mouth or arm, and speech problems perhaps. The headache typically is unilateral, throbbing, associated with light and noise sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. The duration is often 6-8 hrs, but up to 2-3 days in a few unfortunates. If familiar, see doctor. ...Read more
See a doctor: The best way is to have the area examined by a doctor rather than rely on self-examination. ...Read more
Pyelonephritis: This disease often manifests with back pain, high fevers, chills, generalized malaise and sepsis. You can conceivably have chronic kidney infection without the classic symptoms, as with tuberculosis, etc., but this is not something you diagnose by yourself. See a good clinician if you think you may have a uti, get evaluated, diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Doctor's exam, Xray: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax (life-threatening!) and symptoms include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color (cyanosis). Confirm by x-ray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are treatments: For both overactive and underactive thyoid disease see an endocrinologist. ...Read more
Not good enough: Can have polyps without blood, can have blood without polyps. Stool testing being worked on to help in detection of polyps. Right now, still need evaluation. Colonoscopy is best test available to detect (and treat/remove) polyps. Ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy") may see large polyps, but miss smaller, or flat abnormalities. Sigmoidoscopy is only a partial look. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more
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