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What causes abdominal bloating with pale stool?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: Good evening. I am a male, 51, 5'8" and 172 pounds. Wednesday evening I went to eat pizza with two friends. All day Thursday I had the runs. I took an Imodium in the evening. Friday I was tired and slept much of the day. I felt bloated. Same today, though I went out to a conference in the evening after taking a Tums. I came home still feeling bloated. Just went to the bathroom and saw light pale stools, gray almost, which I have never seen before in my life. What do I do?
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Investigations and treatment accordingly

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
Read the history carefully which you have put nicely.
How is the condition of the other 2 friends? Are the y normal or suffering from similar complaints?
The most worrisome part is light pale stools, gray almost.
I would advise you to undergo the following tests:
Blood: complete blood picture, urea, creatinine, ''liver function tests'' ( alkaline phosphatase is very important as you have gray stools), sugar and electrolytes.
Urine: routine , microscopy, bile salt and pigments
Stool: routine, microscopy, culture and sensitivity, stercobilin ( absence indicates obstructive jaundice)
Ultrasonography- to see whether you are having stone in the gall bladder or bile ducts.

You have to take antibiotics and probiotics as per your Doctor's advise ( need a prescription). Tums - you may continue, take curds, banana, activated charcoal tablets.
Further management will be as per the reports.
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Brief Answer: Investigations and treatment accordingly Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query. Read the history carefully which you have put nicely. How is the condition of the other 2 friends? Are the y normal or suffering from similar complaints? The most worrisome part is light pale stools, gray almost. I would advise you to undergo the following tests: Blood: complete blood picture, urea, creatinine, ''liver function tests'' ( alkaline phosphatase is very important as you have gray stools), sugar and electrolytes. Urine: routine , microscopy, bile salt and pigments Stool: routine, microscopy, culture and sensitivity, stercobilin ( absence indicates obstructive jaundice) Ultrasonography- to see whether you are having stone in the gall bladder or bile ducts. You have to take antibiotics and probiotics as per your Doctor's advise ( need a prescription). Tums - you may continue, take curds, banana, activated charcoal tablets. Further management will be as per the reports.