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How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

How to tell my husband I think I have gastrointestinal bleeding?

EASY ~ TELL HIM: Most importantly is to inform your healthcare provider and get evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Definition)

A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube , the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space ...Read more


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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Many: Varices, ulcers, vascular abnormalities, cancers, polyps, diverticulosis, ibd or hemorrhoids to name a few. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There is no specific symptom but here are some: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, vomiting blood, blood per rectum, black stools to name a few. ...Read more

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What are signs of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are signs of  upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Black, tarry stools: Bleeding in the gastrointestinal (gi, gut) tract can be unnoticed if low amounts and intermittent. Lower GI bleeds can result in bright red blood per rectum (brbpr) or maroon stools. Bleeding in the upper GI tract passes through the bowels and gets transformed to a black tarry, or sometimes called "coffee grounds" look. A simple test for blood is the fecal (stool) occult blood test. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

MANY: There are many causes for a gastrointestinal bleed. To name a few: ulcers, varices, cancer, medications, arterial venous malformations, polyps and hemorrhoids. The best thing is to see a gastroenterologist who can perform and upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy to find the cause and provide the best treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

What are the symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding?

Melena: Or black tarry stools usually. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools. If the bleeding persists you can become anemic and symptoms of that are lightheadedness, pale skin and pale conjunctivae in your eyes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding in a male?

Black or bloody : Stools, if you have black, really foul smelling stools then it's usually an upper GI bleed and if there is frank blood in the stool then it's likely a lower GI bleed. Also, blood is a cathartic which means you may have very loose stools as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

What is the definition or description of: Gastrointestinal bleeding?

Blood in GI Tract: A long tube runs from the mouth to the anus. It includes, in order, the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileus), caecum, the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon (or large intestine) and the rectum. The space inside that tube , the lumen, is considered to be outside of the body. When we bleed into that space its called GI bleeding ...Read more

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Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding.. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

Drugs may have caused gastrointestinal bleeding.. Should I go to the ER or wait to see?

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW: Yes, certain medications can predispose you to GI bleeding for example: aspirin, motrin, coumadin, (warfarin) Plavix to name a few. Call your healthcare provider and inform him of your concern. If you have symptoms by all means go to er: bleeding, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain. Call your doctor, its never the wrong thing to do. ...Read more

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If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

If left untreated, will gastrointestinal bleeding harm you?

Depends: This strongly depends on the cause of the bleeding. Any undiagnosed GI bleeding warrants further evaluation. There are several potentially minor and self limited causes for bleeding, but there are also some very concerning or dangerous causes like cancers or ulcers. If you don't have a diagnosis for bleeding, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Gastrointestinal (Definition)

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