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Sharp pain on swallowing, stabbing pain in abdomen, green stools. Medical attention required?

For the past two days I have had very sharp pain when swallowing . The pain only lasts a second or two. But Eevery time I swallow (food or drinks) I get a brief stabbing pain in the upper left side of my abdomen . In addition, my stools have been very green (last night and this afternoon). My doctors office is closed due to new year s. Do these symptoms warrant going to the ER?
Asked On : Sat, 5 Jan 2013
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thank you for your query.

The liver secretes a bright green fluid called bile into the small intestine or it is concentrated and stored in the gallbladder.As bile makes its way through to the digestive system it progressively changes color from green to yellow to brown.Green stool often indicates that food has passed through the intestines faster than normal (called decreased bowel transit time), before it could be changed from green to brown.

The most common causes for green stools,pain in abdomen are-

*Antibiotic use
*Medication side effects
*Food poisoning
*Celiac disease
*Ulcerative colitis
*Crohn's disease
*Irritable bowel syndrome
*Bacterial overgrowth
*Infectious diarrhea - especially salmonella and giardia

your symptoms mostly point towards IBS,but it would require further investigations to confirm that.till then i would suggest you to start pro-biotics and pre-biotics.these help in promoting the growth of healthy bacteria inside the intestines which help in proper can consult your doctor for further details .

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wishing you good health
Answered: Thu, 1 Aug 2013
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