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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am an overall healthy normal 25 year old woman with no major health concerns or family history of any GI problems. However over the past year i have been experiencing some intermittent and uncomfortable symptoms of something possibly gone wrong with my digestive system. Over the past month, I have noticed that its been difficult to make a bowel movement, and i am full of gas, i have been burping, i have been nauseous, and i have chest pain. I have attributed that to the gas, but i could be wrong. Whenever i know that im constipated, i try to increase my fiber intake, but still i am only able to use the bathroom minimally. Also, I have noticed white spots in my stool, they dont look like worms, but im not sure. My stool is brown, but there are "things" in my stool. sometimes little black things that look like the burnt edges of toast, sometimes white patches on a brown stool. sometimes like the skin of a popcorn kernal. I've driven myself crazy trying to diagnose myself online and read that the white spots could be attributed to pancreatic cancer...or something to do with the liver. however my stool is not white, there are just white spots. i ahve an appt with a gastro next week, but im driving myself nuts...could it be something as awful as cancer?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   LEt me read your query
User :   ok thanks!
Doctor :   Thanks for a clear history
Doctor :   Let me breif you
Doctor :   From your history i could access thet your suffering from Gastriuc ulcers
Doctor :   And noithing else
Doctor :   As you have burning sensation / irregular bowel habits
Doctor :   And once ther severe attacks will result in minimal bleeding which results in black patches in stool
Doctor :   Regarding whitish patches they are nothing but undigested fat
Doctor :   Not due to cancer pancreas
Doctor :   In that case will haev severe dyspepsia with loss of appetite
User : there any cause for concern, i mean should i stil keep my appt with the gastroenterologist?
Doctor :   SO all you require now is regular fibre diet
User :   is gastric ulcers diagnosed by an ultrasound or something?
Doctor :   And avoid junk foods/ carbonated drinks
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   They jsut require an Endoscopy for the same
Doctor :   You will not require it
Doctor :   Its done in severe cases to check the level of damage
Doctor :   And moderate alcohol consumption if so
User :   ok, awesome....thanks so much....should i continue taking some miralax or something???
Doctor :   And Smoking a strict no
Doctor :   Just add more of vegetables and fruit
Doctor :   Reduce meat intake for a while
Doctor :   And consume salads after food make them a routine
Doctor :   You will be in sound health
Doctor :   And avoid googling it will ratehr makle you confused and worried
Doctor :   Wsihing you a speedy recovery
User :   thANKS :-)
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Provide your valuable feedback
Doctor :   After the chat
Doctor :   Bye for now
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