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What causes fatigue shortness of breath and lethargy immediately after bowel movement and lasts all day? Also have greasy looking stool that floats.

What causes fatigue shortness of breath and lethargy immediately after bowel movement and lasts all day? Also have greasy looking stool that floats.

SOUNDS MORE GI: Greasy Float BM's sounds like Pancreatitis. There is insufficient data for me. Do you drink a large amount of alcohol? Do you have Diabetes? DM can make you tired all day & is high risk for Pancreatitis. Patients w Blood sugars >250 do suffer from exhaustion. Do you get 7 hrs of sleep each night? You should seek attn from a local MD &have standard Blood tests drawn for DM, Pancreats, malabsorbtn ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Recently had a D & C and was fine before it. It's 6 wks past. I've had extreme weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue after bowel movements & nausea.

Recently had a D & C and was fine before it. It's 6 wks past. I've had extreme weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue after bowel movements & nausea.

Weakness: You need to go to the emergency department. The symptoms might be related to the D+C or be something else. You need an evaluation now. ...Read more

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Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Unrelated symptoms: Your symptoms pertain to different systems. You may have a condition like anxiety or irritable bowel syndrome which presents with seemingly unrelated symptoms. See your PCP and discuss in detail including any psychological stressors you might have. ...Read more

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I'm having mild shortness of breath because lack of bowel movement expand and put pressure on thoracic cavity and organ cause displacement. Need help.

I'm having mild shortness of breath because lack of bowel movement expand and put pressure on thoracic cavity and organ cause displacement. Need help.

IBS-constipation: May be functional constipation, and should likely be tretaed with a hi fiber diet, psyllium (fiber) supplement, a probiotic, and prescription of Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If symptoms persist, further evaluation would be appropriate ...Read more

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Why are there bowel movements during final stages pregnancy and the causes of shortness of breathe even though iron supplements have been prescribed?

Why are there bowel movements during final stages pregnancy and the causes of shortness of breathe even though iron supplements have been prescribed?

Both normal: It's not that late pregnancy causes bowel movements: it's that when you "push" (to get the baby out), you push your bm too-so you want to be empty to avoid an accident. Shortness of breath is normal because your large uterus is interfering with the full expansion of your lungs. It will get all better in roughly 10 weeks! ...Read more

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What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have a bowel movement. And why does it make it hard to breath.

What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have a bowel movement. And why does it make it hard to breath.

Inflamed?: A hot sensation is the guts usually means inflammation but the cause is another matter. I have however not heard people described an inflamed gut this way. If this is a prolonged problem, consult a GI doctor to find out what kind of inflammation you are having. As for the breathing issue, some inflammatory bowel diseases are linked to lung disease as well. ...Read more

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Chest pains that take my breath away, and when I have a bowel movement it's blood?

Chest pains that take my breath away, and when I have a bowel movement it's blood?

Go to doctor or ER: Based on limited information you provided that includes pain with every breath and blood every bowel movement you need to go to doctor or er. ...Read more

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What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have bowel movement, makes it hard to breath, and five min after eating have a liq?

Abdominal distention: When you have abdominal distention, pain is also noted, lack of bowel sounds, suspect obstruction or paralytic ileus. Problem breathing is noted when no enough bm is evacuated. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain coming on in the early hours of the morning 4am onwards so severe it hurts to breath or move. Only relieved by bowel movement?

I have severe back pain coming on in the early hours of the morning 4am onwards so severe it hurts to breath or move. Only relieved by bowel movement?

Bowels and back ache: It is not unusual in certain people for painful backs to be relieved by bm. It is not totally clear the mechanism, but it is a common observation by those who treat common back pain. You want to make certain that you have a colonoscopy to assure no ibs or diverticular disease. ...Read more

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Hi Dr. When I have a bowel movement, my breath smells like feces for the remainder of the day/night. Brushing, flossing/roof/tongue no help.

Hi Dr. When I have a bowel movement, my breath smells like feces for the remainder of the day/night. Brushing, flossing/roof/tongue no help.

Dental visit: You should consider being seen by a dentist and investigating your teeth to make sure that's not the primary source. Acid reflux may also cause bad breath. But bad breath typically is not related to bowel movements.
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Recovering a little from incomplete bowel movements, but bad breath won't go away, even when not constipated, would this work golden seal 500mg?

Recovering a little from incomplete bowel movements, but bad breath won't go away, even when not constipated, would this work golden seal 500mg?

Bad Breath from....: I am a dentist and not a physician or gastroenterologist so I can only speak from that standpoint. There are many reasons for bad breath, both dental and medical. Poor oral hygiene is by far the biggest cause of bad breath. See this site for some possibilities, but also discuss your symptoms\issues with your physician. Http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist. Com/fresh-breath-control. Htm. ...Read more

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48 hrs of sharp pain upper left side under ribcage. About 3 inches left of diaphragm. Regular bowel movements. Pain worsens with deep breaths. Help!!

48 hrs of sharp pain upper left side under ribcage. About 3 inches left of diaphragm. Regular bowel movements. Pain worsens with deep breaths. Help!!

Musculoligamentous: Most likely, at your age, it is musculoligamentouss (muscle/ligament); however, other more serious causes can be a source. If this has persisted greater than 24 hours or if worsening, you should see your physician to check ribs, lungs, and heart. Trying an anti acid, to see if relief, also may give you an answer ...Read more

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What causes right-sided rib pain with shortness of breath with little movement of the chest wall?

What causes right-sided rib pain with shortness of breath with little movement of the chest wall?

Right rib pain: Many things can cause right rib pain with shortness of breath, such as pneumonia or other causes of infection/inflammation; lung, mediastinal or rib tumors, pulmonary artery embolus (life-threatening), rib fracture or focal trauma. I recommend a visit to your doctor or to the ER. ...Read more

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My husban is been having pain to left rib cage with shortness of breath, pain is worsen with movement, he was check at hospital and heart problems wh?

My husban is been having pain to left rib cage with shortness of breath, pain is worsen with movement, he was check at hospital and heart problems wh?

More info: First lets make a risk assessment of cardivascular disease. Good history and physical. Pressure type of chess pain worsening with activities is classical for coronary disease. Ecg and stress test will help. Chest pain that increase with breathing and with pushing in the chest point toward chest wall pain/costochondritis. Chest pain worsening only with deep respiration can be pneumonia/pleurisy. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling of abdomen and shortness of breath. What could it be?

What do I do? Swelling of abdomen and shortness of breath. What could it be?

Shortness of breath: Abdominal swelling could be from fluid accumulation. If so youn could be havingh fluid in thge lungs too. If not increased girth of the abdomen could impair movements of the diaphragm and causes shortness of breath. You need full physical exam and work-up. Oplease consult your physician. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a weak diaphragm? Is it possible hunching over the abdomen can force the diaphragm up, relieving shortness of breath?

What are the symptoms of a weak diaphragm? Is it possible hunching over the abdomen can force the diaphragm up, relieving shortness of breath?

Weak diaphragm: Hello No. Diaphragm supplied by phrenic nerve (C4) and is under autonomic control. No need to think breathing, you do automatically. There is no weakness of diaphragm. Either it works it it doesn't as in cervical spine injury at C4 level (Christopher Reeves injury) If you bend and push abdominal contents into chest+ have restriction this gives lower O2 in the blood bec. Less lung expansion. OK? ...Read more

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Top left rib cage and left side abdomen feels heavy and tight, painful to bend over& rolling ball sensation, can't eat, shortness of breath?

Top left rib cage and left side abdomen feels heavy and tight, painful to bend over& rolling ball sensation, can't eat, shortness of breath?

Indigestion?: You are young so chances of serious heart conditions are lower. This could be indigestion, gas, asthma, or a virus in the ribcage. If you are in that much pain though, you should get checked out. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath and hard lump in the abdomen the result of end stage liver disease?

Is shortness of breath and hard lump in the abdomen the result of end stage liver disease?

It can be.: Ascites is a condition commonly associated with end stage liver disease where the abdominal cavity is filled with fluid that seeps out of the liver. Medication can help, sometimes supplemented by draining the fluid with a needle-catheter. With severe ascites, the abdomen gets large, making it difficult to take deep breaths. Also, it is common for umbilical hernias to develop, causing a hard lump. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, especially at night, gas on my lower left abdomen. My B12 is 240, is that what's causing the problem?

Shortness of breath, especially at night, gas on my lower left abdomen. My B12 is 240, is that what's causing the problem?

B12 not likely cause: Your B12 level is not a likely cause for the symptoms.
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant? I have been experiencing of what seems like early pregnancy symptoms. Bloating of abdomen and shortness of breath.

Could I be pregnant? I have been experiencing of what seems like early pregnancy symptoms. Bloating of abdomen and shortness of breath.

Pregnancy Sxs: Sxs can include: tender or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of a period; increased frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings; passing gas; enlarging waist line. Etc. There may be an increase in white vaginal discharge. The best way to determine if you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test now. ...Read more

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