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What could be causing my severe abdominal pain and blood in stool?


am a 15 year old female who has been expieriancing severe abdominal pain for about the past two weeks. It keeps getting worse and worse. It is mainly on the left side, but my entire abdomin is in pain and slightly swollen. I also within the past 2-4 days have been expieriancing a great amount of blood in my stool. Does anyone know what could be going on?

I feel that I should go to the ER, the pain is EXTREMLY severe, but my mom wont take me...what to do?
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I have been going through the same type of problem myself through the last couple of weeks myself. I know that it is really painful. I went to the emergency because the pain that I am experiencing, I could barely lie down, or lie on my side, and I could barely walk around. The pains were like contraction like pains as if you were giving birth to a baby. You should go to the emergency to get checked out. This is extremely important, as you need to make sure that you get thoroughly checked. You will be asked to provide an urine sample, and also get blood drawn as well. You will also have to likely get an ultrasound to figure out what is going on, and the doctor will also want to press on your abdomen to feel what is going on. Depending on what they find, they might also do a pelvic examination to rule out other problems.  (+ info)

What could left abdominal pain for female teen like me be about?


I have a pain on my left abdominal area below my rib cage but above my pelvis. I'm only 15 years old and I'm female. My period has been late for about a few weeks. (I'm a virgin so no, I'm not pregnant) What could cause this? I've also only had this pain occasionally. This is only the second time this has happened. The first time was approximately two nights ago. Both pains have occured on the same area and at night.
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What can cause sporadic and excruciating upper and lower abdominal pain that causes frequent urinating in men?


My partner has been suffering from this sporadic and severely painful bouts of abdominal pain since he was young but as they were only every now and then and were unpredictable he just put up with them. But of late they have been getting worse and have been keeping him awake all night as well as rendering him basically immobile. They can be in the upper or lower abdomen and cause him to urinate more frequently. What can cause this type of pain? I have no idea what to do for him!
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It is impossible to guess and too important to give the wrong information.
It could be anything from a serious kidney problem to constipation.
The frequency of micturition could indicate a bladder or kidney infection or could be caused by stress.
Please tell him he must make an appointment to see his doctor.
That is the best thing you can do other than give comfort and support during these episodes.
Notice if anything in particular precedes them, a certain food, stress for example  (+ info)

I have recently been experiencing lower right abdominal pains and also a sharp pain in my anal area why?


I recently had a miscarriage in December and my periods have been regular up until March-April. Now they have been spotty, some light and heavy, at different times throughout the month. For about the last two weeks I have been getting really bad lower right abdominal pains and pain in my anal area feeling like I have to poop, but I don't. I have never had this before could anyone help me?
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the pain may or may not be related to your miscarriage - the first thing that strikes me when you say pain in the lower right abdomen is an infection of your appendix... better than asking around here would be to see your doctor before the infection/pain spreads and requires some medical procedure. don't let people give you random diagnoses  (+ info)

What causes sudden hearing loss with periods and abdominal pain?


I experience sudden hearing loss and vision loss when I have sudden menstrual cramps (Dysmenorrhea). This also happens when I experience abdominal pain related to diarrhea or constipation, which sometimes happens right before my period starts. Sometimes the GI system and the uterus are both affected at the same time.

When I lose my hearing, all I hear is ringing, and everything turns bright, unless Im in a dark hallway. Indoors, I cant see. I think my pupils dilate and the blood flow to my ears constricts. What causes this?
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There could be a number of possibilities going on such as endometriosis (just using endometriosis as an example only) but the only way to know for sure what is going on is to see your doctor for further evaluation of the situation to see what they think could be going on.  (+ info)

Anyone with abdominal pain had a CT scan and told they had thickening of the small intestine?


My husband has been having severe abdominal pain. CT ruled out kidney stone, masses, blocked bowel, but the report says there are two loops of small intestine that are thickened. The doctor put him on antibiotics for inflammation, and we go back in 2 weeks, but I am worried about this being something serious.
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This sounds like diverticulosis. The area you described is the most common for diverticulosis - particularly the sigmoid colon. The muscular wall of the colon grows thicker with age. A diet low in fiber can lead to small, hard stools (poop) which are difficult to pass. Thickening of the colon wall may result from increasing pressures required by the colon to eliminate stool. Over time, strong contractions of the colon push the inner intestinal lining outward through gaps in the muscle walls, forming diverticula.
Most patients with diverticulosis have few or no symptoms. The diverticulosis condition may be diagnosed incidentally during testing for other colon problems. The most common symptoms include abdominal cramping, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. These symptoms are related to difficulty of passing the stool along the left colon narrowed by diverticular disease.Antibiotics should help the immediate problem but your husband will need to do something for the long term. If you are the shopper & cook in the household, it will fall to you to purchase & prepare foods that are high in fiber. Change your drinking habits as well - switch to water. Doctors are not good - terrible in fact - when it comes to teaching patients how to eat based on the diagnosis. If you do not receive detailed dietary info on how to prevent further problems,ask for a referral to a registered dietician. You can also Google diverticulosis- you will find a wealth of very good information. Good luck to you. Thanks for the great question.  (+ info)

Why do I get abdominal pain right after eating a banana?


When I look up abdominal pain and bananas, they say to eat bananas because they are bland. Not me. They cause immediate pain. I've experimented with other foods to ensure it is in fact bananas causing it.
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The "worst" criticism of bananas that I can find on the net is that they are a mild laxative. For me, however, they are a strong, almost instantaneous laxative, sometimes accompanied by stomach cramping, which can be severe. I have heard others warn against eating bananas that are too green, saying this causes discomfort for them. My doctor has no information on these effects.

Bananas are known to be a very good source of potassium. My personal theory is that, for some people, ingesting a banana results in an intolerably high level of the potassium in the body. The body attempts to rid itself of the "offending" substance as rapidly as possible.

If I am correct , the use of "lite salt" exacerbates the problem, as lite salt is mostly KCl.

BTW, my doctor is still scratching his head over this  (+ info)

What does it mean if you have prolonged abdominal pain?


Ive had lower abdominal pain for about 6 weeks. and it sems to get worse with time. and i also have pain in my upper left chest (feels like the heart) every once in a while. Im not sure if the 2 things are connected. I just really want to avoid having to go to the emergency room. any help please?
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If someone is vomitting blood and they have abdominal pain is that consider an emergency?


Do you think this person needs to see their primary care physician or go to the ER? What if the abdominal pain is like on the upper right side and its very sharp pain? Can this person die? What could be wrong?
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Get to the hospital immediately. Any time a person is vomiting blood you should go to hospital. It is an EMERGENCY. Call an ambulance.  (+ info)

Is there abdominal pain in the first couple weeks of pregnancy?


My girlfriend and I are scared that she may be pregnant. She's been having abdominal pain that lingers but when she moves it's a sharp pain. Also she's been quite moody lately. Is abdominal pain a normal symptom of early pregnancy? We took a "special day" and spent hours having sex on and off frequently, so could the pain just be a result of having too much sex in a short amount of time?
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nope there shouldn't be any ab pain in the beginning of pregnancy. Although if she is pregnant she could be having an ectopic pregnancy, where the egg implants in the ovarian tubes instead of the uterus. i would have her make a doctors appointment.

I never had any ab pain in my pregnancy till about 26 weeks.  (+ info)

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