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Bloating and cramping pain in stomach, Constipation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
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how can i help you?
User :   hey
User :   Monday of last week, I went to an immediacte care center. with bloating and tightness in my stomach and left side.
Doctor :  
ok
User :   I was given an X-ray and told by a Doctor I have massive ammounts of Gas and some bowel bloackage.
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ok
User :   I was perscribed some medication to help with the Gas, and sapositorys
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ok
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did the medications help?
User :   I tried the Sapositorys which where a laxitive based, also I took milamagniesa, and some herbal tea both laxitives
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ok
User :   for 48Hrs afterwards my bowels have been large ammounts of liquids and I still continue to have a bloating feeling in the left side of my stomach.
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how did this episode of bloating and pain start?did you have anything specific like food items before this started?
User :   what do you mean by did I have anything?
Doctor :   i mean to ask
User :   oh, not that I can remember no
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did you eat anything that precipitated it?
Doctor :   as in people who do not tolerate lactose, taking milk or milk based products, produces these kind of symptoms
User :   not to my knowledge, the bloating and tightness on th left side started shortly after having pains on my left side below my left breast and my middle stomach
Doctor :  
ok
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please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height and weight
User :   23, male, 5.4, 120~25LBs
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when you went to the care center, did they do a ultrasound examination of the abdomen?
User :   They did an X-ray of my lower stomach, which showed large ammounts of Gas and was told below the gas were bowels.
Doctor :   ok
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there are a number of causes that can precipitate the symptoms that you have had
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these causes need to be evaluated by proper imaging and examination
User :   also i've had some pains and stiffness in my lower back, both sides at random. along with the bloating on my left side.
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ok
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is there any problems in pasing urine?
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are you having any pain/burning/blood in urine/passing urine?
User :   the 48HRs I passed liqueds primarily threw bowels little urine, the past two days I seem to pass more urine, that is normal, and clear
Doctor :   ok
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did you pass any solid/semi solid motion/stools?
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in these 48 hours?
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or are you passing only liquids?
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is there nausea/vomiting sensation along with the pain?
User :   the 48HRs I was on laxitives, very very little, ealiyer today I pass some semi solid motion stools, as i've been trying to increase fibers by eating rasin brand
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ok
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so after taking high fiber in your diet you were able to pass motion?
User :   I've had maybe 4 or 5 semi-solid stools in the past 78HRs, yes
User :   I apologize if i've confused you with the timeline
Doctor :  
it is ok, no problem, as long as you can tell me your symptoms and what happened to you in a sequential manner
User :   The first 48Hrs I passed large ammounts of liquids, which would be Tuesday and Wensday last week, Thursday and today i've had semi-solid with a few solid round shape lightly colored stool.
Doctor :  
such that i can understand better what is happening and be able to help you in a better way
Doctor :   ok
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with passing of the stools, is the bloating and pain come down a bit compared to when it started?
User :   it does, momentarily, and the pain hasant been as active so much as the bloating feeling, especially that of the left side, which has come and gone. earliyer tonight I had massive bloating and tightness in my stomach with the feeling of needing to vommit which calmed down.
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are you there?
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ok
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as per your history these symptoms are probably due to constipation and excessive gas foramation
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i would recommend you to get a examination done by a gastroenterologist
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and get a endoscopy done to confirm /rule out the other possibilities of these symptoms
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like
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diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohns disease.
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
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are you there?
User :   yes
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ok
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continue to take high fiber diet to relieve constipation
Doctor :   and take the medications also
User :   i've also noted that laying on my stomach seems to help relieve some of the tightness / bloating feeling of my left side.
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ok
User :   i've been eating some fruits, and drinking prune juice as well, and taking adicolofilas, not sure how thats spelt
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ok
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all these measures will help you
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so continue doing them
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also take a glass of warm water before going to bed.
User :   at what point should I have the expectancy of solid stool?
Doctor :   with the continued measures, solid stools can be expected in next 48 hours
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if you do not have any other problems
User :   so with current information, and steps being taken, if I do not have solid stools within the next 48HRs I should goto the ER and seek help? as I do not have any insurance.
Doctor :  
you should go to ER and ask for a gastroenterologist
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and also take this tablet to reliave the gas symptoms
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Tab. Prilosec OTC, one in morning and one at night in empty stomach
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or before food
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes I have.
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   not to my knowledge, I greatly apreciate your time. might I ask you're name?
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User :   Thank you Dr, Overseas or else wise, knowledge is knowledge and very helpful.
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please get a repeat examination done if your symptoms are not releived
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and get back to me with the reports if any further investigations are done for you.
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User :   will do, Thanks again.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now.
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