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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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Gastrointestinal Bleeding (Definition)

Gastrointestinal bleeding is bleeding that occurs anywhere in the digestive tract (which runs from the mouth to the anus). Blood may be seen in vomit or stool. Common causes include infections, hemorrhoids, and damage to the lining ...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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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

heme test stool
daily
dietary changes
3x day
stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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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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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

see your docotor
once
have colonoscopy and upper endoscpy
once
do not ignore blood in stool
daily
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What are possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding?

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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Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

Why gastrointestinal bleeding?

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

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

See your doctor for a proper physical examination
once
A small amount of blood in your stool is not an emergency
daily
If older than 50 years, have some form of colon cancer screening
once
If dealing with hemorrhoids, increase the amount of water/fiber intake
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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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Blood In Stool (Definition)

Blood in the stool of babies is always a concern and should be investigated. Some of the causes include food allergies, infection of the bowels (bacterial gastroenteritis), anal ...Read more

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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

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