What does it mean to have a distended stomach and diarrhea?

Gastroenteritis. Often, acute mild abdominal distention and diarrhea is due to either bacterial or viral infections of the intestinal tract, which are usually self-limited. This may also be due to irritable bowel syndrome, or food intolerances. Less frequently, serious disorders such as intestinal obstruction or ischemia is responsible. If the symptoms persist, consultation with your doctor is imperative.

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I have vomiting, abdominal distention, diarrhea. Upper/lower scopes, ok. Stool test ok but "Normal enteric flora not present". What does that mean?

Possib C. Diff Colit. There's a condition called C. Diff colitis, when exposure to antibiotics or other "toxins" wipes out the usual bacteria (enteric flora) present in your intestines. When this happens, a bacteria called C. Diff can overgrow, causing colitis (colon inflammation). Usually, C. Diff is detected on stool tests but you have to look for them specifically (C. Diff toxin EIA). Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD. Read more...

Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Typical IBS symptoms. As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! Read more...

My 4 year old son has been having waves of abdominal pain. Presents with low grade fever (99.0 - 99.9), red colored loose stools x3, abdominal distention (moderate), won't eat, but says he's hungry. He has had these symptoms for 2 weeks. Do you think it m

Abdominal . Abdominal pain and low grade fever in a young child is worrisome and definitelty warrants a medical evaluation. Intestinal obstruction is possible, but more likely appendicitis, or intestinal infection(viral or bacterial). By the date of this post a week has passed. I hope your son has been evaluated by now and feels better. Take care and happy holidays. Read more...
See a pediatrician. You should be taking your son to a pediatrician or an er doc for evaluation. Read more...