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Sudden pains in chest and lower abdomen area, bright red blood in stool, bloating. Reasons ?

I had gastric by pass 4 yrs ago. I started having some sudden pains in the chest and lower abdomen area and also had a couple of days of brigth red blood in my stool. I had a colonoscopy in Dec and was told everything was fine. At that time i didn t have any pains - it was a yearly procedure. I m concerned about how my stomach bloats and these pains. I m also experiencing severe gas which I never had before. My stools are also soft and irrugular.
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Your symptoms can be caused by one issue or by some separate problems. Chest pain should be always checked with heart condition as ischemic heart disease can act in such way.
Lower abdominal pain and blood in stool can be caused by some large intestine issues. If the pain is more in the rectum, fissure is most probable.
If the blood is on the surface of the stool, hemorrhoids can be causing it.
If the blood is mixed with the stool large intestine issue is the reason.
If the stool occasionally is tar like, stomach bleeding should be ruled out.

I suggest you to visit your doctor, have blood work, abdominal ultrasound and stool tests at first. Colonoscopy should be considered as a next step.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Sat, 30 Nov 2013
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