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Suggest treatment for lower abdominal cramps after meals

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: For the last several weeks, i've been experiencing lower abdomen cramps shortly after after every meal. Unformed stools of a light brown to yellow color and alternance of nausea and hunger
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Malabsorption;following diagnostic tests are required....

Detailed Answer:
Hi Bengrele,

I am sorry for the situation you are in.

Having lower abdomen cramps shortly after every meal associated with unformed stools of light brown to yellow color and nausea and hunger are indicative for possible malabsorption.

Further diagnostic tests are necessary to run including:
- fecal analysis and culture to rule out bowel infection
- examination of stool for ova/parasites if you have been abroad or in a location with prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections
- abdominal ultrasound to rule out gallbladder/pancreas issues
- liver/pancreas function test

For the moment, I advise to:
- eat often and small portions
- avoid those foods that would aggravate your symptoms
- increase water intake
- have light meals (yogurt, soups, etc.)
- take probiotics to stabilize intestinal flora

Hope it was of help!
Dr.Klerida
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Brief Answer: Malabsorption;following diagnostic tests are required.... Detailed Answer: Hi Bengrele, I am sorry for the situation you are in. Having lower abdomen cramps shortly after every meal associated with unformed stools of light brown to yellow color and nausea and hunger are indicative for possible malabsorption. Further diagnostic tests are necessary to run including: - fecal analysis and culture to rule out bowel infection - examination of stool for ova/parasites if you have been abroad or in a location with prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections - abdominal ultrasound to rule out gallbladder/pancreas issues - liver/pancreas function test For the moment, I advise to: - eat often and small portions - avoid those foods that would aggravate your symptoms - increase water intake - have light meals (yogurt, soups, etc.) - take probiotics to stabilize intestinal flora Hope it was of help! Dr.Klerida