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What causes dry mouth, fast heart beat and discomfort abdomen?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: When I lay down and cover up day or night after an hour my abdomen feels hot inside, my blood
pressure goes up and I wake up with fast heartbeat and dry mouth. I am 59 had my first colonoscopy
dec 2012 and everything was okay. Could it be colon cancer ?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
not likely colonic cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

One of the 'good' things about colon cancer is that it takes a long time for cancerous changes occur. This is the reason that the colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs (though other tests more often).

Colonoscopy is the goal standard, it can identify any early changes that can eventually result in cancer (can pick up pre cancerous changes).

If your colonoscopy was clear in December 2012, then this means that you are extremely unlikely to have any colonic cancer changes. Your symptoms would not be due to colonic cancer. You would not be due for screening till 2020 to 2022.

Colonic cancer normal present unintentional weight loss,loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, blood in stool, abdominal mass.

An ECG may need to be done to check the heart rate or rhythm to determine the cause.

Dry mouth may be due to dehydration, allergies, rarely autoimmune diseases.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (4 minutes later)
Thank you for your answer and time.

Do you think "it couldn't hurt" to go to emergency at my local hospital
and tell them my symptoms and request any other tests?



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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes, this may be a good option

Detailed Answer:
HI

Since your symptoms are distressing and uncomfortable, then it may be best to see either your general doctor or visit the ER for assessment.

They may do an ECG to check the heart rate/rhythm and may also consider blood tests.

Please feel to ask any other questions
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What causes dry mouth, fast heart beat and discomfort abdomen?

Brief Answer: not likely colonic cancer Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic One of the 'good' things about colon cancer is that it takes a long time for cancerous changes occur. This is the reason that the colonoscopy is done every 10 yrs (though other tests more often). Colonoscopy is the goal standard, it can identify any early changes that can eventually result in cancer (can pick up pre cancerous changes). If your colonoscopy was clear in December 2012, then this means that you are extremely unlikely to have any colonic cancer changes. Your symptoms would not be due to colonic cancer. You would not be due for screening till 2020 to 2022. Colonic cancer normal present unintentional weight loss,loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, blood in stool, abdominal mass. An ECG may need to be done to check the heart rate or rhythm to determine the cause. Dry mouth may be due to dehydration, allergies, rarely autoimmune diseases. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions