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Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Common, serious...: The most likely cause of GI pain and GI bleeding are medications that irritate stomach lining causing gastritis, ulcer disease, severe reflux, esophagitis. Most common are aspirin, meds related (nsaid's--ibuprofen, naproxen)--anti-inflammatory drugs. If note reddish stool, or stools turns dark or black, or GI pain occurs, call your physician, who will tell you if you should come to office or er. ...Read more
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
Not always.: Blood is a cathartic agent. Therefore, when it is present inside the intestine in significant amounts, like a bleeding ulcer, will cause cramping abdominal pain and diarrhea. Bleeding from a tumor tends to bleed slowly like a leaking faucet and may cause no symptoms. Of course, there is no such thing as minor intestinal bleeding--the source of the bleeding must always be investigated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes that are associated with heavy vaginal bleeding, lower back pain, and lower stomach cramps?
See below: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?
No: All GI complaints mentioned are totally unrelated to a stomach ulcer. The latter produces upper midline abdominal pain relieved by food or antiacids and if perforating posteriorly into lesser sac, the space behind the stomach, back pain develops. Constipation or loose stool related to diet or inflammation of bowel and if in sigmoid colon with diverticular disease. lt. lower abodiminal pain noted ...Read more
Possibly but...: "stomach pain" can be caused by lots of things & may indeed originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answer "what to do." your doctor will want to re-examine you as well as know the quality, timing, duration, location, & associations (eating, position, activity, stooling, urinating) of your pain to better direct the next appropriate testing. ...Read more
Internal Med : The field of silent diseases. Yes you certainly can have GI bleeding anywhere in the GI tract without pain. ...Read more
Abdominal bloating/fullness, constipation, bleeding in stool, infrequent Abdominal pain. Does a normal abdominal ultrasound rule out something serious?
I have rectal bleeding diarrhea bloated stomach nausea severe lower back pain. The back pain lessens when my bowels are empty.
See GI: From your profile, it appears you have had a colonoscopy. Depending on when that was performed, you may need another. Bleeding is never normal, so you need to see the GI again. Tough to say, but there could be several causes, that hopefully with some testing and a good exam will be found. Examples could be diverticulosis/itis or chrons disease, etc. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exam needed: You need to see a provider to have an exam and to follow up w/ the necessary treatments recommended. No one can diagnose those symptoms from a distance. Find relief or get started on resolving the issue(s). Best! ...Read more
Not usually: The classic sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed is dark blackish tarry stool called "melena". It is usually looser, sticky and has a characteristic smell. Dark green stool usually related to diet rich in green vegetables. If you have other symptoms check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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