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How do you know if you have stomach distension or too much stool in there?

How do you know if you have stomach distension or too much stool in there?

X-ray /motility test: Most people in america will stool anywhere from 3x/day to 1x/ every 3-4 days. Abdominal x-rays (obstruction series) will address volume of gas, liquid, solids in your gut & suggest possible pathology (full or partial blockage, ileus, megacolon, etc.). A sitz marker test (colon transit study) calculates the time a test pill moves through your GI system--suggesting colon &/or rectal problems to fix. ...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


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How to tell if you are bloated or have abdominal fluid?

How to tell if you are bloated or have abdominal fluid?

Sound like a drum?: If your bloated when you lie on your back and tap your tummy it will sound hollow like a drum it may even feel tight if it is fluid you may feel a swish when you roll this could be a sign of liver disease or heart failure and you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

Cause and effect: If you are a chronic user of Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and you are symptomatic (abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, blood in the stool etc) it is very possible that the drug is the cause. A more common cause of a stomach ulcer is helicobacter pylori (a bacterium that can infect the stomach). A gastroenterologist can help make the diangosis with endoscopy if needed. ...Read more

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How do you tell if its blood in your stool or something you ate?

How do you tell if its blood in your stool or something you ate?

It is different: Blood in stools can either be red in which case it is not difficult to tell because no food looks like pure red blood. But blood can also turn stools in tarry black and the only thing that can give you black stools besides blood, is taking iron tablets or having used peptobismol. ...Read more

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How do you know if your eating too much fiber? Do you start getting a lot of gas?

How do you know if your eating too much fiber?  Do you start getting a lot of gas?

Loose stool, bulky: Too much fiber can give excess gas (so can too little), bloating, big, bulky stools, and/or excessively frequent, loose watery stools. Depends on amount and type of fiber, other diet components, fluid intake, meds, gut function/disease. Aim for 25-35gm/day, preferably from diet; not all at once. Supplements if diet inadequate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are experiencing intestinal blockage or just constipation?

How can you tell if you are experiencing intestinal blockage or just constipation?

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

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How can you tell if you have a gluten allergy? Do you test the blood, the stool, or both?

How can you tell if you have a gluten allergy?  Do you test the blood, the stool, or both?

Gluten allergy: Gluten sensitivity, or celiac disease, can now be detected by a blood test although there are usually some tests done on the intestines to fully diagnose this as there are some changes seen in the intestines. ...Read more

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Hi could you tell me if you have stomach distention with ovarian cancer u are able to suck your stomach in or would it not be possible?

Hi could you tell me if you have stomach distention with ovarian cancer u are able to suck your stomach in or would it not be possible?

Easy does it: You would have a palpable mass in your lower abdomen. Like many other bright young people, you have the obsessive idea that you have a serious illness. The only treatment for this is to get your physician to order up a few imaging studies AND when they come back showing nothing, sit down with somebody wise and good and talk about what health, illness, and growing up mean to you. You'll gain much. ...Read more

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What to do if I have so much pain in stomach, what can I do. Opration is must or not?

What to do if I have so much pain in stomach, what can I do. Opration is must or not?

Emergency room: You need to be emergently evaluated. It will be determined if you have a surgical abdomen or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you if you have ulcerative colitis or just the stomach flu?

How do you if you have ulcerative colitis or just the stomach flu?

No stomach flu: There is no "stomach flu." this is a common misconception, unfortunately perpetuated by some physicians. Influenza is flu. It's a serious illness that kills up to 40, 000 people in this country every year. Stomach viruses, or gastroenteritis, are illnesses that involve vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes fever etc... Stomach viruses go away. Ulcerative colitis doesn't. That's how you know. ...Read more

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What if you have pain in your stomach and. Spit allot cause you gag if you swallow but you don't do tobacco?

What if you have pain in your stomach and. Spit allot cause you gag if you swallow but you don't do tobacco?

Not sure why you: Think that smoking or not smoking is the key issue here. Many conditions can cause the symptoms you have, and only a complete history, physical examination and probably some lab tests can define what the problem is, or isn't. See your health care provider. Everything from gastritis to ulcers to appendicitis can cause your symptoms, and nobody can diagnose it online. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference if you have appendices or whether its just bad gas?

How can you tell the difference if you have appendices or whether its just bad gas?

Appendicitis: Appendicitis usually causes discomfort in the right lower portion of the abdomen and the area is tender to touch. Some cases are atypical, however, and if you have constant abdominal discomfort, it's best to be examined by a physician. Gaseous discomfort usually causes abdominal bloating which is more diffuse. ...Read more

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Have occasional GERD symptoms- nausea, need to burp to get relief. How do I tell if i have too little OR to much stomach acid?

Have occasional GERD symptoms- nausea, need to burp to get relief. How do I tell if i have too little OR to much stomach acid?

Bloating,gas: Phil Thorek, a famous surgeon once wrote the 7 "Fs" of gallbladder disease: fair, fat, female, forty, fertile, flabby and flatulent ( gassy)- I suggest an abdominal ultrasound for gallbladder disease and a physical exam with blood evaluation. ...Read more

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I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

I have stomach flu or just too much to eat, what to do for relief?

Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, . ...Read more

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What to do if you think there was glass in your food and you think you may have eaten a bit?

What to do if you think there was glass in your food and you think you may have eaten a bit?

Observe: Most likely this will not cause you you problems and will pass harmlessly through your GI tract. Concerning symptoms to be on the lookout for would include new abdominal or throat pain, vomiting, red blood in your stool, or if your stool becomes dark and tarry appearing. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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