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Abdominal discomfort due to Chronic Gastritis

I have been suffering from excessive belching and gas along with lower abdominal cramping, and bloating . Symptoms get worse after drinking coffee or eating fatty foods ( which also lead to acid reflux ). 5 years ago ( at the age of 17/18) I ignored bloody stools for 2-3 weeks till the pain led me to see a Gastroenterologist . He performed a colonscopy in which a few polyps were found in my large intestine. He also tested for Celiac disease and a possible bacterial infection in the stomach ( test came out negative). He advised me to perform a colonscopy every 2 years which I haven t done due to no health insurance. 2 years ago,though, I did have an endoscopy done and was diagnosed with Chronic Gastritis ( I was given Nexium). I have noticed that when I go to the bathroom, there are times my stools come with a brown mucous. The constituency vary time to time. There are also times my stools are solid, dark and hard, ball-shaped, green, or very soft. I do get constipation and sometimes I get diarrhea . Passing gas can get difficult and painful at times and I do feel like vomiting too. I have looked into IBS, which can fit my current symptoms perfectly...but I need advice. thank you. ( I forgot to mention that I am 22 years of age and a female)
Asked On : Mon, 18 Apr 2011
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Hello there..
welcome to healthcare magic forum.
Your symptoms look like IBS but since you have polyps in your large intestine even they might be causing these symptoms. So you need to get a colonoscopy done along with biopsy to see what is exactly causing your symptoms. Brown stools may be because of chronic gastritis or because of polyp.So please get the investigation done.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Mon, 18 Apr 2011
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