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What exactly does it mean when your stomach is hard?

What exactly does it mean when your stomach is hard?

Nonspecific: That is fairly nonspecific, and could be related to dilated intestines from a variety of causes, or the muscles of the abdominal wall, also from a variety of causes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Diverticulosis (Definition)

Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can ...Read more


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What does it mean when your uterus hurts?

What does it mean when your uterus hurts?

Uterus hurting: Pain in the uterus can be from many causes. It can be anything from bad period cramps to infections from sexually transmitted diseases and other things too. It's best to be seen in person and examined to figure out the cause and best option for treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone is wheezing?

What does it mean when someone is wheezing?

Wheezing: Wheezing is caused by inflammation and narrowing of the airways of the lungs that causes distruption of airflow when you breath. It also makes oxygen delivery more difficult. It can be caused by infection, asthma, lung/chemical/environmental irritation, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when vomiting blood?

What does it mean when vomiting blood?

Not good: Can be different problems like stomach ulcer or esophageal varices, but if you are vomiting blood you need to go to er asap. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when i bleed while pooping?

What exactly does it mean when i bleed while pooping?

It means...: It means you need an evaluation. Blood in poop is not normal. It could be something as minor as a hemorrhoid and that you are a bit constipated, to something more concerning like inflammatory bowel disease or a polyp.... But you need to sort out why before you can figure out what to do. The solution may be as easy as increasing your fluids and fiber, or treatment may be more involved. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you can't burp?

What does it mean when you can't burp?

Not a problem: It does not mean anything. And why would you want to burp anyway? Better not to. ...Read more

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What does it mean when urinating to much?

What does it mean when urinating to much?

May be...: It means differently as to the number and amount of voiding. Going to bathroom often doesn't necessarily mean voiding too much. And it's okay to go often as long as being able to empty bladder with free-flowing stream with good volume from each voiding and with normal urinalysis. More detailing? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your urinating blood?

Need a urgent check : Blood in the urine is a serious probelm. You need to go see a doctor right away. If you do not have a regualar doctor, you can go to an er where you will be examined and tested to find the cause of blood in your urine. A urologist may be requested to further evaluate your urinary passages to determine the cause/source of bleeding. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

What does it mean when your intestines are twisted/volvulus?

Think garden hose: The intestines are a complex & long tubular structure with some parts firmly attached & some parts that float somewhat freely in the abdomen. If the free floating parts become twisted on them self, it not only stops flow as it would in your hose, it can begin to cut off the blood supply. If left untreated, the gut can die & start leaking contents & germs into the abdomen. This can be fatal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if heart hurts?

What does it mean if heart hurts?

Physically or emotio: Physically it means that the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen but emotionally the heart can be strained too by more complex mechanism ( the broken heart syndrome). ...Read more

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What does it mean to have duodenitis?

What does it mean to have duodenitis?

Inflammation: Duodenitis means inflammation of the first part of the small intestine, where your stomach empties. This is common and can be acid related, due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, etc), infection or celiac disease to name a few. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your pee is literally orange?

What does it mean when your pee is literally orange?

Medications: Certain medications (pyridium, rifampin) can turn your urine orange color. Dark discoloration of the urine can also be a sign of dehydration or could represent blood in the urine. If increasing fluids does not clear it up, would seek medical attention with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my poop is black?

What does it mean when my poop is black?

Black "poop": Generally three things can cause black stools---taking iron tablets, peptobismol, or bleeding in your stomach. A lot of green veggies can also but not black in color. If you feel sick or weak seek medical care. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your hair hurts?

Hair: Hair is a dead tissue. It shouldn't hurt. Is it where the hair is growing from hurting? ...Read more

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What does it mean when your poop is white?

What does it mean when your poop is white?

Bile flow blocked: Stool gets its brown color from bile. Bile is produced in the liver and is stored in the gall bladder. It is a digestive enzyme which is dumped into the small intestines. If the pathway for the bile gets blocked then your stool will turn white. This is something that needs to be looked into by your physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have black stool?

What does it mean when you have black stool?

Could be blood: Black stool, especially if it has a tarry consistency, could be a sign of blood in the stool. Medications, such as pepto-bismol, can also turn stool black. Just to be sure, you should see your doctor to check for the presence of blood in the stool. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my uterus hurts?

What does it mean if my uterus hurts?

Pelvic pain: There are so many explanations for pain in th pelvis, it is not possible to say it is your uterus. Could be ovarian cysts, ligaments of th pelvis, or muscles and tendons of the abdomen. Is the pain incited by movement of the pelvis or low back? If so it is probably musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your stomach is sore?

What does it mean when your stomach is sore?

It depends: This all depends on the context of what was said, and by whom. Generally, most of us interchange the word "stomach" for "abdomen or belly". The stomach is contained within the abdomen. It is most likely that someone really means their abdomen (or belly) hurts. ...Read more

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I had colonoscopy done last week and findings is scattered diverticulosis and internal hemorrhoids what does this mean and should I worry?

I had colonoscopy done last week and findings is  scattered diverticulosis and internal hemorrhoids what does this mean and should I worry?

Don't worry: Diverticulosis is present in most people over the age of 60, and while it can lead to problems, they are unpredictable, rare, and unpreventable. Internal hemorrhoids are also extraordinarily common to find at colonoscopy, and require no treatment or follow up unless causing some problem. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Normal iron levels however hgb is low 13.6. What this mean? Bening colon polyps removed. Diverticulosis diagnosed from most recent colonoscopy.

Polyps can bleed.: While polyps and diverticuli can bleed, the bleeding from the latter is dramatic and scary, while the bleeding from the former is very slow and not noticeable overtly. Your situation sounds like bleeding from polyps. ...Read more

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A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

A CT scan found that I have moderate diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon. What does this mean?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is essentially caused by pressure. Straining at stool causes pressure within the colon, and that pressure seeks to escape through weak points in the intestinal wall. When escaping, the pressure takes some of the intestinal lining along for the ride causing pouches (diverticuli). Low fiber diet leads to straining at stool, hence the recommendation of high fiber diet. ...Read more

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What causes diverticulosis?

What causes diverticulosis?

Not enough fiber!: Diverticulosis is an incredibly common condition of the colon that occurs over many years. The colon moves waste through by "sensing" that it is there so bulky stool makes the colon more efficient. When our waste is not bulky due to inadequate fiber and fluid intake the colon has to work harder creating more pressure inside the colon like a balloon and the pockets (tics) pop out. ...Read more

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What causes diverticulosis?

What causes diverticulosis?

If you mean : Diverticulosis coli, no one knows for sure. But the prevailing theory is hypertonicity of muscles of the colon. This pressure squeezes down on the mucosa so hard that it pouches out at weak spots where blood vessels penetrate the wall of the colon. Diet that is low in fiber causes low volume stool, which in turn causes the muscles to squeeze harder than it should. Other organs are different. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diverticulosis?

What are the tests for diverticulosis?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a painless technique that visualizes the entire colon. An older test is a barium enema. This will also show diverticulosis. ...Read more

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What can be done about diverticulosis?

What can be done about diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis.: Diverticulosis is manageable, not curable. Once the pockets in the colon form, they don't go back again. High fiber diet is the rule. ...Read more

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At what age does diverticulosis become common?

At what age does diverticulosis become common?

Younger: These days we are seeing diverticulosis and diverticulitis at younger ages. Anybody with left lower quadrant pain, fever and over 40 should have diverticular disease in the differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do address pain with diverticulosis?

What can I do address pain with diverticulosis?

Need Correct DX : Diverticulosis is the common disease where small pockets form on the colon. In and of itself, they cause no symptoms unless one ruptures, which causes diverticulitis; this requires rx with antibiotics+/-bowel rest+/-emergency surgery. Diverticuli may also cause bleeding, sometimes requiring blood transfusions or even emergency surgery. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do diverticulitis and diverticulosis differ?

How do diverticulitis and diverticulosis differ?

Diverticulosis coli: Is outpouching of lining of colon caused by hypertonic muscles in the walls. When it gets infected or inflamed, it is called diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Please explain who is susceptible to diverticulosis?

Advanced age: And low residue diet. Diverticulosis coli is an acquired degenerative disease, in contrast to congenital diverticular disease, such as meckel's diverticulum. ...Read more

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Why is diverticulosis only painful while laying down?

Why is diverticulosis only painful while laying down?

If you have: Known sigmoid diverticulosis coli and are having pain in left lower abdomen, it might mean you are developing acute diverticulitis. This requires antibiotics or sometimes even surgery. Get to a doctor for proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diverticulosis?

What is the definition or description of: Diverticulosis?

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is the presence of small outpouching's of the wall of the digestive tract, usually the colon. If one of them becomes infected it is known as diverticulitis. Diverticula also can sometimes end up bleeding. ...Read more

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Does diverticulosis require a special diet? Foods to avoid?

Does diverticulosis require a special diet? Foods to avoid?

None, really.: The key is just high fiber diet and plenty of fluids. We used to think to avoid nuts and seeds, but studies have shown otherwise. ...Read more

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I have diverticulosis and need to know what foods to avoid.?

I have diverticulosis and need to know what foods to avoid.?

You have posted: 2 questions, one about diverticulosis and one about diverticulitis. The diet for each is different so the differentiation is important. "itis" is low fiber diet until complete resolution usually 4-6 weeks. The "osis" is high fiber diet. Can be confusing so having the right diagnosis and terminology is critical. ...Read more

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Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

Is the diet the same for diverticulosis and for diverticulitis?

No: If you have infection (diverticulitis) iiiyour doctor may put you on light diet untill the infection resolve then back to normal diet for dicertictulosis. ...Read more

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I have diverticulosis. Why is it only painful while laying down?

Not the cause: Diverticulosis in and of itself is not painful. It is a benign condition, very common in the american population, and is associated with our lower fibre, higher fat diet. Now, if the diverticuli become inflamed (diverticulitis), then pain and fever are associated. I suspect your pain upon reclining is due to something else. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticular Diseases (Definition)

Diverticular disease is a condition where pouches protrude outward from weakened areas in the colon and result in abdominal ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more