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Impacted Colon Symptoms
No: Darker but not black. Black stool can be from blood entering and mixing in the stool high up in the GI tract notably stomach and duodenum. Black can also be from iron pills and high iron intake in consuming a lot of high iron meals like spinach and green leafys. East to rule out blood with a simple smear at the doctors office. that's my advice. ...Read more
Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more
How do internal factors affect external symptoms? Could imbalanced colon show as red nose? Bloating, irregular movements only colon symptoms-no pain
= A Dx of exclusion: When a GI problem is labelled "functional" it means inflammation, infection, & ischemic pathology, as well as motility disorders have been ruled out. Ruled in are conditions that alter how the gut "senses" pain, distension, & the movement of food or residue. Sounds like you may be describing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but you'd be my first to manifest IBS with a red nose--look 4 other causes. ...Read more
Diverticulosis attack treated with antibotics can arrest further devlopment? Colon scan indicates two pouches locatedi n the lower colon near rectum
Diverticulitis?: I'll assume you are asking about the role of antibiotics in diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the presence of outpouches in the colon wall. It presents with bleeding. Diverticulitis is infection of one of those areas, it will present variably with pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea, inability to defecate, and even sepsis. Diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics, but additional therapy may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chances that 4 CT scans (abdominal /pelvic) and sigmoidoscopy to 35 CM spread evenly over 3 yrs all miss SYMPOTOMATIC colon cancer? Narrow stools?
Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gallbladder removed, history of C-Diff + Chronic Cholcystitis, bile ducts Symptoms continue, Upper Abdominal pain, bloating. what could it be?
Too complex: That situation is too complex to analyzing analyze in 400 characters. If you'd like, set up a consult on Healthtap concierge, and I will be happy to work through things for you, to see if I can help. Good luck. ...Read more
Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?
Typical IBS symptoms: As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more
Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain
Probably: Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated? Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more
Can colitis cause similar SX to appendicitis? CT WO contrast showed mild thickenin transverse colon diverticula sigmoid. 9 months on and off RLQ pain.
Have symptoms of irritable bowel Recently underwent colonoscopy which came negative. However multiple times toilet, incomplete bowel evacuation feel, soft flat stools persist. Request advise.
Irritable bowel: If your gastroenterologist is comfortable that enough work up has been done to rule out other causes and feels that IBS is the culprit, it is time to start trying to treat it. Adding extra fiber to the diet is a good start. There are medications such as anti-spasmodics which tend to work well in some situations also. Talk to your G.I. doctor about what is the next step. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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