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Abdominal bloating. History of gall bladder removal. Positive ANA. Diarrhea, abdominal pain. What can this be?

Hi, I am a 34 years old female .... that have had bloating to the abdominal for over 4 years. It all strarted after I had my Gallbladder removed. Now its more fequent then before. I went to my Doctor and had blood test done, my ANA test came back positive, as I was told to get lots more blood testing done, to rule out lupus . Now i started to have diarrhea and having severe abdominal pain . What can all this be ?/? Thanks...
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.
Possibilities are an irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease very rarely lupus involving the bowels. Worthwhile getting colonoscopy and if required endoscopy done. Also getting thyroid function tests done will help.
Lupus uncommonly involves the bowel and can present with diarrhea. But this is associated with multiple other lupus symptoms like joint pain, skin rash etc.

Hope this answers your query.
Wish you a speedy recovery.
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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