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Listeria Abdominal Pain
I ate blue cheese about a week ago. I'm worried about contracting listeria, although i'm only experiencing abdominal pain and no other signs, am i ok?
Listeria fear: The incidence of listeriosis in pregnancy is 12 per 100, 000. Thus it is a rare disease. Listeria is found commonly in nature. So it can be hard to avoid being exposed to it. It is recommended that you let your obstetrician know if you have symptoms of listeriosis. Symptoms of listeriosis include: fever, flu-like syndrome, abdominal or back pain, vomiting/diarrhea, headache, sore throat or no. ...Read more
Belly pain is also known as Abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more
What causes painful abdominal cramps, EXCESSIVE farting/flatus and VERY loud bowel gurgling for 3 days now. I'mpregnant, can this be listeria? Worried
Unlikely. : Listeria is uncommon, but can happen in pregnancy. It is important to avoid unpasteurized cheeses, milk, and other products to decrease your risk. You need to talk to your doctor for testing if you have been exposed to these products. Other common causes include prenatal vitamins, constipation, the increased bowel activity and food sensitivity with pregnancy, and other less worrisome causes. ...Read more
Find the cause first: There are so many different diseases that can cause abdominal pain. Accordingly, in order to treat the pain, we first have to make a diagnosis. Your first stop should be to your primary care physician's office. They will take a detailed history and examination to help narrow down the causes. Testing will usually follow, which may include labs, ultrasound, ct, and/or endoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info.: A physician has to be like a detective when trying to determine the cause of abdominal pain. Where exactly is the pain? How long does it last? What brings on the pain and what relieves it? Any other symptoms like nausea, bloating.Are you on any meds? Have you had prior surgery? Beyond these questions, doing a physical exam can also help. I recommend you make an appt with your primary care doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go to ER: The abdominal cavity is like one big "black box", with many different organs present that can each be responsible for abdominal pain, some minor, some life-threatening. It is simply impossible to sort out the cause or severity of abdominal pain by any other means other than "hands-on" evaluation, often supplemented by sophisticated tests. If the pain is unbearable, you need to see a doctor asap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A-to-Z: Ben-i would have an easier time guessing your birthdate! there are so many different diseases that can cause abdominal pain, many minor, some serious. Doctors are like "disease detectives": we search for clues based upon your symptoms, physical examination, lab and x-ray results, etc., to reach our "educated guesses". I suggest you make an appointment with a primary care doctor to determine this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities..: Finding out the cause of abdominal pain is like solving a mystery: we collect clues from one's symptoms, history, examination+/- tests. Therefore, a "hands-on" eval is critical. In general, causes of abdominal pain can include ulcers, gallstones, irritable bowel, diverticular disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, intestinal or gynecologic cancers, urinary tract infections, appendicitis, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abdominal Pain?: Abdominal pain and the associated possibilities of diagnoses are endless. It is important to talk to a doctor to obtain a detailed history, a thorough exam, and tests that can confirm or rule out what we suspect you may have. Without this, we can only take an educated guess based on what's common such as diseases of the gallbladder, appendix, ulcers, diverticulitis, bowel obstructions... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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