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Rectal Bleeding And Lyme Disease
Not specific: Fecal occult blood tests detects peroxide activity in the fecal matter. Peroxidase activity is associated with hemoglobin, but not specific to it. Horse radish, among other things, has peroxidase activity, as does blood in meats. Fobt may be positive for any bleed from gums to hemorrhoids but is not specific for any diagnosis. It is a screening test, which if positive, needs more tests. ...Read more
Can degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, migraines, and colon condition all be due to food sensitiv.'s and/or underlying auto immune disease @46?
Ischemic colitis improved w/ Pepto & low fiber diet Returned to normal routine and symptoms returned Pain, rectal bleeding etc. What is happening?
Causes of colitis: Inflammation (infection, ischemic, ibd) of large intestine = colitis. Specifically, ischemic colitis occurs when there is decreased blood flow to the gut, due either to vasospasm (seldom recurrent) or stenosis/occlusion (frequently recurrent). Don't ignore the possibility of recurrence here--since transmural ischemia or mesenteric ischemia can be very serious. Get to the hospital now for recheck. ...Read more
Hematuria : Blood in urine can be a symptom of bladder or kidney disease. If this is what u mean by internal bleeding. Bladder causes of blood in urine can be;- infection/cystitis, bladder tumor, bladder stone & interstitial cystitis. Majority of non-smoking patients with blood in urine from bladder causes do not have a serious medical problem. However u should seek medical advice. ...Read more
Is post menopause bleeding and pelvic pain a sign of colon cancer? Endo cancer ruled out as biopsy clear.
Always? No.: Bleeding is only one of the symptoms. Often times, abdominal pain is a common symptom. You can also have obstruction, urgency, bleeding, bloating, among many other findings. Also, it depends on where the crohn's is located, whether in the small intestine, or in the colon, etc. ...Read more
Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more
Medication: Usually medications are the first treatment for crohn's disease. A gastroenterologist will help you. Surgery is seldom used unless there is a lack of response to medications, intestinal blockage, intestinal bleeding, or intestinal fistulas. Medications may include steroids or prednisone, and others. ...Read more
Easy to see but...: The symptoms of lyme are very easy to see but it may be hard to recognize these as lyme. Classic symptom of bullseye rash only seen in half or less, then flu-like symptoms, then migrating joint pains (often 1st in knees), fatigue, poor memory/concentration, can't find right word, blurred vision. Can cause virtually any symptom, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS etc. ...Read more
Yes: Thyroid disease, specifically hypothyroid (low thyroid), very often causes dry mouth. Saliva is your body's natural protection and when the flow is reduced your mouth does not have the same capacity to remove bacteria. Due to this, those with dry mouth are at much higher risk for gum disease and cavities. Some products can help protect the teeth and gums. Talk to your dentist for specifics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a person with ulcerative collitis develop pelvic inflamation diseases? What are its symptoms?
Yes, different organ: Ulcerative colitis effects the colon and rectum. Pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) effects the uterus and fallopian tubes. These organs are next to each other so symptoms can be similar. Also, the immune system suppressing medications that help control ulcerative colitis can make it easier to have other infections, such as pid. ...Read more
Is it absolutely impossible to have celiac disease without positive blood tests and biopsy? Even with all symptoms and other autoimmune diseases?
Very unlikely: The gold standard of celiac disease is the small bowel biopsy. Blood tests, if positive are helpful. You don't provide enough clinical detail to give you more specific advice. Denmark has several excellent hospitals and medical schools.I suggest you should be evaluated in a tertiary medical center.l ...Read more
Can Crohn's disease go undiagnosed even after a colonoscopy? Even though all other symptoms suggest Crohn's disease but the doctors won't listen.
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
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