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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does non consistent thin stool mean?
    I am 20 year old male have been having thin stool but not consistently, lately it has been more consistent though along with this having symptoms of nausea diarrhea constipation just generally upset stomach as well as not being able to eat as much as before and sometimes lack of appetite.
    I've looked up symptoms and seen it could be a number of things including colon cancer but with the thin stool not being consistent, and only being consistent the past week or so with the diarrhea should i be worried about it?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a gastroenterologist and discuss this with the doctor. In all likelihood they will recommend a colonoscopy so as to rule out colon cancer. Hopefully it is something like the foods you have been eating.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
    What are the symptoms of colon cancer? I'm worried.

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? Symptoms vary from person to person. It is not a pat answer. What one may feel, another may not. I will help though I feel it's homework.
      Colon cancer, first of all, comes in 2 varieties...local or systemic.
      Local, You may have a change in bowel habits, meaning you may go more or less frequent than normal.
      Or you could go the opposite way and have constipation or diarrhea. They may alternate, IE, constipation one day, diarrhea the next. Like I said, it varies.
      If you have bright red or dark red blood in your stools, or black stools which is referred to as "tarry".
      Also stools that are thinner than normal or you feel you can't empty your bowels completely.
      Discomfort in your abdomen, bloating, frequent gas or cramps. All can be signs but again, it may be something else.
      With systemic, colon cancer symptoms are ones that affect your whole body, like weight loss and include loosing weight without trying, loss of appetite, unexplained fatigue, nausea, vomiting, low red blood cell count or low iron (anemia) and even jaundice.
      Hope this helps because it's all I have. Be well.

  3. QUESTION:
    what disease can cause you to feel nausea when before you sleep and when you're awake?
    can this be possibly a symptom of colon cancer or pneumonia maybe? how can i cope with it just by myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Make the connection....

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of adults and children with various illnesses and disorders. While many allergic type reactions are caused from eating certain foods, there are many more allergic type reactions caused from common everyday chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC's in homes, schools and workplace.

      This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good or cleans well and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with skin disorders, itching, Chronic Nausea, Chronic Rhinitis, Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don't they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO's ---- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines - The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating "Fragrance Free Zones"… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can hemorrhoids cause extreme iron deficiency anemia?
    My Dad is constantly losing iron. He has had several iron infusions, but each time, he loses the iron again. It is extremely low. Right now it is 9 and he just had 4 infusions a few weeks ago. Of course, we are concerned about colon cancer. But he has hemorrhoids that won't go away and I keep thinking (hoping) it is just the hemorrhoids. Is it possible for hemorrhoids to cause that much iron loss? Also, he has lupus. He's 71 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      while blood in your stool may be one of the symptoms of colon cancer, it may also come from hemorrhoids or minor tears in your anus. If you are constipated as a result of not drinking enough water and not taking in sufficient fiber, tough stools may scratch your rectal wall.

      Additionally, certain foods, such as beets and red licorice, can cause your stools to turn red, while iron supplements and some anti-diarrhea medications often make stools black. However, it is still a good idea to visit your doctor at any sign of blood or other changes in your stools and bowel movement. After all, early detection based on symptoms of colon cancer usually result in complete cures.

      Below is a complete list of the top symptoms of colon cancer. It will do no harm to visit your doctor as soon as you feel two or more of the following:
      •Major change in your toilet habits, whether you move your bowels more or less
      •Blood in your fecal matter, bright red or dried
      •Stools those are thinner than usual
      •Unexplainable dramatic weight loss
      •Stomach pains, cramping or bloating
      •Unexplainable fatigue
      •Always feeling like you need to move your bowels
      •Constant nausea and vomiting
      •Iron deficiency anemia
      •Abdominal pain, which is a rare symptom of colon cancer, and may exhibit itself as mere tenderness in the abdomen.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the most and least deadly types of cancer?
    I know all cancer is very dangerous, but what kinds are the most fatal and what kinds are the least?

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on how aggressive they are. The worst to deal with are the brain cancers, esp. glioblastomas. Some brain cancers if small can be operated on but the gioblastomas are like spiders, wrapping around the brain and even if operated on they come back. Pancreatic usually only last 3-6 mos.if that. Lung, breast, colon, uterine all depend on how large they are. Bone are the worse as far as pain which sometimes can't even be controlled with super high doses of morphine that would kill a horse.With stomach & liver you get horrible nausea & vomiting.When your dealing with the cancers of the face & neck, they're horrible to see every day, and you can imagine how horrible it is for a patient to look at their face in a mirror as the cancer progresses. Ovarian however is one of the most dangerous since it gives no symptoms until it's too late with maybe a little "bloating". The skin cancers are usually not as deadly but there's always the exception.I think whenever a cancer has metastasis after it, that is the big one, for once it spreads, the prognosis is poor and usually fatal.

  6. QUESTION:
    What type of experiences will someone dying of cancer go through?
    If someone is dying of what is referred to as an 'aggressive' cancer (testicular cancer), will they feel pain, nausea? What type of symptoms will they go through (comatose, low blood pressure, etc.)? Also, do hospitals administer anything to suffering cancer patients?

    • ANSWER:
      I have stage 4 colon cancer which spread aggressively to my liver and lungs, so yes, it's terminal. but I'm not dying from cancer. I'm living with cancer. it takes about a year to just get to that point. cancer destroys everything in your life and the emotional aspects of having cancer are horrendous . next hositals typically administer chemotherapy or radiation or surgery. the side effects from the chemo can range from being nauseous to total and complete exhaustion to nerve pain, and any other kind of ailment you can imagine since chemo works by ttrying to kill the cancer cells, but actually kills a white blood cells and other defense mechanisms, so chemo patients are at a very high risk of developing infections. the cancer, if it is in an advanced state sucks the life out of a person. literally, and the pain can be horrendous depending on where it is. fear is continually present. it's hard not to dwell on how bad things are going to get

  7. QUESTION:
    cancer, does drinking a LOT everyday keep the chemo from working?
    He had colon cancer that went to the liver. Has had chemo for almost four years still has three places on the liver that will not go away and can not have surgery because of where they are located on the liver.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell your friend to stop drinking. It is already stressful to your liver to get chemo treatments. A lot of alcohol will add more toxicity and accelerate liver failure, partial or total liver failure. It is not fun. He could die from it. I call it an unmanaged side effect. This is when you pay a lot of attention to treating the cancer, and forget about your general health, in this case your fragile liver health.

      What is partial liver failure like? Your eyes turn yellow, you get so tired that you cant stand up, nausea that wont quit, you cant eat, then the itching. It feels like a million mosquito bites everywhere, face, body, legs, 24 hours per day. When you scratch them it creates itchy bumps all over every part of your body. The bumps are spaced about an inch apart everywhere and it is a sleepless torture that will make you want to die to make it go away.

      I dont wish this to happen to anybody. It happened to me because of a high dosage of a very toxic cancer medication, too high, and it took a month off that med before the torturous symptoms started going away. I was on disability for 5 months and almost lost my job and my insurance coverage that goes with it.

      Illegal drug use can do the same thing to your liver, not just alcohol addiction. When I was in the waiting room waiting for my liver doctor appointment, I met a lot of kids who had a failing liver and were waiting for a liver transplant. It was sad. They said it was illegal drug use that did it.

      I also know somebody who had this happen to him because he was an alcoholic to the point where he had to wake up at night to drink in order to sleep. When he experienced these torturous liver symptoms, he almost died. It was such a terrible experience that he stopped drinking forever.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of a 15 year old girl getting Bowel Cancer?
    What are the chances?
    Also what are the signs nd symptoms?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The odds are 1 out of 5 million of getting colon cancer at this age - very rare. Symptoms vary from having no symptoms at all in early stages, to constipation, diarrhea, black tarry blood in stools, unexplained weight loss, nausea, loss of appetite, very thin stools, and others. There are dozens of common intestinal problems that cause the same symptoms as colon cancer - even something as simple as a food allergy. If a child has digestive/intestinal problems, they should be taken to a gastroenterologist.

  9. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between an ovarian cyst and ovarian cancer?
    My sister has an 'ovarian cyst' 15 cm i n width..... The average cyst rarely exceeds 5 cm...... can a cyst turn into cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cyst is:

      An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in the ovary. Many cysts are completely normal. These are called functional cysts. They occur as a result of ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). Functional cysts normally shrink over time, usually in about 1 to 3 months. If you have a functional cyst, your doctor may want to check you again in 1 to 3 months to make sure the cyst has gotten smaller. In certain cases, your doctor may want you to take birth control pills so you won't ovulate. If you don't ovulate, you won't form cysts.

      If you are menopausal and are not having periods, you shouldn't form functional cysts. If you do have a cyst, your doctor will probably want you to have a sonogram so he or she can look at the cyst. What your doctor decides to do after that depends on your age, the way the cyst looks on the sonogram and if you're having symptoms such as pain, bloating, feeling full after eating just a little, and constipation.

      Ovarian Cancer:

      Recognizing ovarian cancer symptoms

      Ovarian cancer often shows no obvious signs or symptoms until late in its development. Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

      General abdominal discomfort and/or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, swelling, bloating, cramps)

      Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or frequent urination

      Loss of appetite

      Feeling of fullness even after a light meal

      Weight gain or loss with no known reason

      Abnormal bleeding from the vagina

      These symptoms may be caused by ovarian cancer or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor about any of these symptoms.

      To help find the cause of symptoms, a doctor evaluates a woman's medical history. The doctor also performs a physical exam and orders diagnostic tests. Some exams and tests that may be useful are described below:

      Pelvic exam includes feeling the uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and rectum to find any abnormality in their shape or size. (A Pap test, a good test for cancer of the cervix, is often done along with the pelvic exam, but it is not a reliable way to find or diagnose ovarian cancer.)

      Ultrasound refers to the use of high-frequency sound waves. These waves, which cannot be heard by humans, are aimed at the ovaries. The pattern of the echoes they produce creates a picture called a sonogram.

      CA-125 assay is a blood test used to measure the level of CA-125, a tumor marker that is often found in higher-than-normal amounts in the blood of women with ovarian cancer.

      Lower GI series, or barium enema, is a series of x-rays of the colon and rectum. The pictures are taken after the patient is given an enema with a white, chalky solution containing barium. The barium outlines the colon and rectum on the x-ray, making tumors or other abnormal areas easier to see.

      CT (or CAT) scan is a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine.

      Biopsy is the removal of tissue for examination under a microscope. A pathologist studies the tissue to make a diagnosis. To obtain the tissue, the surgeon performs a laparotomy (an operation to open the abdomen). If cancer is suspected, the surgeon performs an oophorectomy (removal of the entire ovary). This is important because, if cancer is present, removing just a sample of tissue by cutting through the outer layer of the ovary could allow cancer cells to escape and cause the disease to spread.

      If the diagnosis is ovarian cancer, the doctor will want to learn the stage (or extent) of disease. Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body. Staging may involve surgery, x-rays and other imaging procedures, and lab tests. Knowing the stage of the disease helps the doctor plan treatment.

  10. QUESTION:
    How likely is it that I have colon cancer?
    I'm a 16 year old female. I have had bad nausea off and on for about 5 months, but this last month it's been nearly constant an I had diarrhea for about five days. Now i only go once or twice a day. My stool is still fairly loose although it has shape. Even though is soft Iheave trouble passing it, and quite a bit of gas. It is thinner, not "pencil thin, but thinner than my normal bowel movements. There is no blood that I've noticed. I'm still very nauseous and don't have an appetite. Ive also started to lose quite a bit of weight. I went to the doctor and try took some blood tests but nothing that would tell anything about my colon. If everything comes back normal I'm supposed to go back and see a GI specialist. I'm just really anxious not knowing what is wrong with me. Is it likely that I could have this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things it could be, most of which are more likely than cancer. I never had nausea, and the symptoms I had went on for several months, not days. I had alternating diarrhea and constipation, along with pencil thin stools, and the reason for that is the tumor was so big it was blocking my colon (I ended up with pain that became blinding when the peristolic motion kicked in). More than anything, your age makes it unlikely--I was 46 when I was diagnosed, and the doctors were surprised, because I was so young for it (they usually don't even start regular colonoscopies until age 50).

      Your best bet is to get to a gastroenterologist, and have a colonoscopy done, This will tell definitively what is wrong. It sounds like you could have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or gastroenteritis.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is this a symptom of colon cancer?
    I have a relative she is 50 years old, and she only has rectal bleeding when she is constipated. Can this be a sign of colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, rectal bleeding may be hidden and chronic and may show up as an iron deficiency anemia. Check and see if she has these other symptoms

      Abdominal Pain
      Abdominal Distension-- Your belly sticks out more than it did before any weight gain
      Unexplained persistent nausea or vomiting
      Unexplained weight loss
      Change in or character of bowel movements
      Small-caliber or ribbon like bowel movements
      Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement
      Rectal Pain, but this rarely ever happens with colon cancer and if there is rectal pain, there is probably a tumor somewhere.

      TAKE HER TO A DOCTOR!!!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
    What are the side effects without treatment, and what is the treatment, and how do they diagnose it. Does it always affect fertility.

    • ANSWER:
      From the Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org):

      "About Endometriosis:

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also been found lodged in the skin - and even the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery remains the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of “Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing,” we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the “rare” incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is “in their head,” that they are “faking it,” that their debilitating cramps are “normal” and “a part of womanhood,” that they are merely suffering from “the curse,” or that they should just “grin and bear it.” Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient’s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was
      double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in
      younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a
      different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and
      effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman’s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however,
      is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some
      researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset
      Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will
      progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease. Our organization will continue to push for more widespread research into the many facets of the disease, and ultimately, a cure.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org/

      Endo Self Test:

      Not sure if you have Endometriosis? While pelvic surgery is the only current way to definitively diagnose it, symptoms can lead you and your doctor to suspect the disease. Review the following and consider if any of these common symptoms apply to you. Review your answers with your gynecologist for further discussion.

      Do you experience so much pain during or around your period that you find yourself unable to work, attend school or social functions, or go about your normal routine? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have any relatives diagnosed with Endometriosis? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you find yourself with painful abdominal bloating, swelling or tenderness at any time in your cycle? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of painful ovarian Endometriomas ("chocolate cysts")? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of miscarriage, infertility or ectopic pregnancy? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms during your cycle, such as nausea or vomiting and/or painful abdominal cramping accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of fatigue and/or a lowered immunity (i.e., "sick and tired" all the time)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of allergies, which tend to worsen around your periods? _____YES / _____ NO

      If sexually active, do you experience pain during sexual activity? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you suffer from autoimmune diseases or other conditions (i.e., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Have you ever undergone pelvic surgery like a laparoscopy, in which Endometriosis was suspected but not definitively diagnosed?
      _____YES / _____ NO

      If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have Endometriosis. Talk to your doctor about getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment today. Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is WRONG. If you are suffering from pelvic pain at any point in your cycle, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

      Know the Facts:

      - Endometriosis can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 or as old as 85!
      - Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis; in fact, there is no definitive cure!
      - Delayed childbearing is NOT what causes Endometriosis; in fact, no one really knows for sure what causes the disease, but research points to multi-factorial origins like heredity, immunology and exposure to environmental toxicants!
      - Endometriosis can only be accurately diagnosed via surgery; diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive!
      - GnRH therapies like Lupron should never be administered in those patients younger than 18 yrs. of age or before a surgical diagnosis!
      - You CAN live well in spite of Endometriosis. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!" ~ www.endocenter.org

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of intentional food poisoning?
    My wife and i suspect someone of poisoning her mothers food. she has a life insurance policy and her sister is the beneficiary, well she has diabetis and her kidneys are failing. And she has been getting bloody stools (sorry for the mental picture) . But i was wanting to know if there are any signs of food poisoning that we should look for?

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT get a blood test. To detect a case of food poisoning, you should do a STOOL culture.

      As far as food poisonings are concerned, bloody stools are common with Campylobacter, Shigella and E. coli O157:H7 infection.

      These three bacteria are easy to detect with a STOOL CULTURE. Also, please note if there are any fevers, vomiting and nausea.

      In general, you should see a doctor if your stools are bloody. It could signal infection, hemmorhoids or colon problems (including cancer!). But lord knows, renal failure and diabetes can cause similar problems as well.

  14. QUESTION:
    What symptoms did you have before learning you had colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      A Word About Colon Cancer Symptoms:
      Colon cancer does not always present symptoms. Colon cancer symptoms sometimes do not appear until the disease has progressed into an advanced stage.
      Bleeding - Blood in Stool:
      This is the most commonly experienced colon cancer symptom. As a tumor grows larger, the passage of feces can cause the tumor to bleed. it is common to see blood if the tumor is near the anus, but it is much more common for the blood to be hidden inside the stools.
      Weight Loss:
      An unexpected weight loss accompanied by other symptoms can indicate colon cancer. The pain and discomfort caused by a tumor can lead to loss of appetite, which in turn results in weight loss.
      Changes in Bowel Habits:
      If you are consistently constipated or have diarrhea, this must be evaluated by a physician. Changes in bowel habits also include gas and producing thinner stools. Thinner stools are usually the result of a tumor obstructing the passage of feces. This is one of the more common colon cancer symptoms.
      Abdominal Discomfort:
      Abdominal discomfort can mean many things - bloating, swelling, cramping and feeling full.
      Abdominal Pain:
      Swelling and pain of the abdomen are also symptoms of colon cancer. This usually occurs when the intestine is blocked by a tumor. If the tumor grows large, then nausea and vomiting can occur.
      Fatigue:
      Fatigue is a symptom of many cancers. It can also be a symptom of many other conditions that aren't cancer related. Fatigue experienced with cancer can be mild or severe.
      Talking to Your Doctor:
      Many people feel shy to talk about bowel habits with their doctor, especially women. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, I can't stress how important it is to talk to your doctor! Better to be safe than sorry!

  15. QUESTION:
    what a nausea is like ?Specially relevant to that of colon diseases?
    i sometimes have watery mouth it feels some glands are secreting more fluid than normal, no feeling of vomotting though. My GP says its psychological since i'm going for a sigmoidoscopy and stressed ! what could it be ? can this be related to medical definition of nausea.

    • ANSWER:
      Nausea for all cancers and as side effect of Chemotherapy will be same. The medical definition of nausea is -

      Nausea and vomiting are recognized as two separate and distinct conditions. Nausea is the subjective, unpleasant feeling or urge to vomit, which may or may not result in vomiting. Vomiting is the forceful expelling of the contents of the stomach and intestines through the mouth. To some, nausea is a more distressing symptom than vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are major problems for patients being treated with cancer, with approximately 50% of patients experiencing nausea and vomiting as a result of cancer treatments even though antiemetics (anti-nausea and vomiting medications) were used. In addition, more than 50% of cancer patients experience nausea and vomiting as a result of progression of the disease, or as a result of exposure to other therapies used to treat the cancer.

      Not all patients diagnosed with cancer will experience nausea and vomiting. However, nausea and vomiting remain two of the side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment that patients and their families fear the most. The negative aspects of nausea and vomiting can influence all facets of a patient's life. If nausea and vomiting are not controlled in the patient with cancer, the result can be serious metabolic problems such as disturbances in fluid and electrolyte balance and nutritional status. Psychological problems associated with nausea and vomiting include anxiety and depression. Uncontrolled nausea and vomiting can also lead to the decision by the patient to stop potentially curative cancer therapy.-

  16. QUESTION:
    Could a tumor be in my body 8 years without me knowing?
    What would be some symptoms, specifically around the stomach area?
    Info: I have been getting nauseous almost everyday for eight years. No allergies and no parasites.
    The doctors want me to go in for an ultrasound to check my stomach area out.

    • ANSWER:
      When you ask a cancer question,
      we must know the age of the person you are asking about.
      No stomach (gastric) cancer could be symptomatic for 8 years without causing death.
      A slow growing malignancy of the GI tract such as colon adenocarcinoma may be asymptomatic for 8 years - but not if it is large enough to be symptomatic. There are many causes of chronic nausea that are not malignant diseases. An ultrasound will not tell you much about the stomach, but it might show gall bladder or liver disease - close to the same area as the stomach

  17. QUESTION:
    What illnesses are impossible to have a confirmed diagnosis on?
    As I understand it, there are some illnesses out there that can only be diagnosed based on ruling out everything else. So my question is, what illnesses can someone have when all tests still show up normal?
    Currently I'm studying medicine and as far as I know this is the topic after dehydration which we are doing now. I was hoping to get a little knowledge before hand but I haven't got the books yet and the internet seems to be failing me? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some diseases which can only be positively diagnosed after death and autopsies because there are currently no lab tests to use for positive diagnosis.

      Parkinson's disease and some of the parkinsonian conditions are a good example although that may change by the time you are out of med school. Look also at differential diagnoses.One problem is that the name Parkinson's or Parkinson disease is actually a collection of syndromes with varying symptoms, rates of progression and differing genetic and environmental triggers. Not to mention the related parkinsonian conditions which may or may not be l-dopa responsive.

      Lab tests are usually conducted in a suspected PD DX to rule out other conditions.

      If doctors could recognize precursor symptoms of conditions such as PD, treatments and therapies might be started much earlier and that might delay onset of some symptoms and progression of others for considerable time.
      http://parkinsonsfocustoday.blogspot.com/2011/04/early-warning-signs-of-parkinsons.html

      Lewy body disease is an excellent example. Certain symptoms can overlap with PD and AD. Does a person have Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD)? Lewy Body disease? Alzheimer's? Dementia? Other mental illness may be seen to manifest symptoms which can be associated with several conditions some emotional/psychological and some chemical imbalance.

      There are many conditions which are very difficult to diagnose especially when they occur in infants as you can read at the link below. I"m not going to cut and paste since the article is quite clear with additional links.
      http://www.cureresearch.com/intro/difficult.htm
      Here's a cardiac condition very difficult to diagnose:
      http://www.cureresearch.com/news/cardiac_syndrome_x_is_a_difficult_to_diagnose_heart_condition.htm

      Some conditions are simply difficult to diagnose in the early stages. The problem is that without a positive early diagnosis the patient risks death or other debilitating conditions. A simple example is appendicitis. Or how about the headaches or nausea associated with meningitis which are usually seen as the flu?

      Diagnostics are very difficult simply because patients may need to go years back to find the precursor symptoms (PD is a great example) or be reluctant to tell the doctor embarrassing issues which they don't think are related.

      All patients should be encouraged to come to that first appointment (unless it is the emergency room) with a printed list of symptoms dating back several years if they still persist. And an extended blood relative family medical history plus a list of medications including OTCs which they have taken in recent.

      Several autoimmune conditions are difficult to diagnose because they can be confused with another condition. Examples include Scleroderma and Lupus. Digestive disorders fall into the same category because symptoms overlap.

      Oddly enough some of the cancers are also difficult to diagnose although I am still at a loss to understand exactly why. Breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer have been misdiagnosed as simply health issues for years.

      Rare disorders are difficult to diagnose because most physicians simply aren't familiar with the symptoms and assume other causes.

      I think you would be better served with difficult rather than impossible. If the disease or condition has a name, someone has diagnosed it.

      Listening is key.The difference between a teen and an infant is huge. One can tell you the other cannot communicate except to indicate pain. Knowing the questions to ask is so important. Telling patients to come with written lists is another.

      Too often doctors rely on patients to provide the best clues. That isn't always possible. Better diagnostic check lists would be of significant value. Diagrams could be included. Frequent revisions would be required.With a check list, the doctor is reading and thinking about both the questions and the answers and the patient is listening and responding.

      Consider also that 'impossible to confirm diagnoses" might actually refer to diagnoses which can't be diagnosed by physical exam alone.

  18. QUESTION:
    What would eventually happen if colon cancer was left untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      The tumor will obstruct the intestine. This will lead to constant nausea / vomiting and unable to tolerate food due to the blockage. Malnutrition will develop. This alone can be fatal if left untreated.
      The cancer can also spread to the liver, lung, bone and cause severe and deadly symptoms.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have some strange symptoms of something, have I got colon cancer?
    I have pain in the left of the abdomen and I have recently started to lose my appetite. I have seen the doctor but he hasn't bee. Able to diagnose me. Am open to all suggestions.
    I drink lots of water and have no discomfort urinating. I have also recently started to lose my appetite.

    • ANSWER:
      Are those the only symptoms that you are having? is your feces very dark in color? any blood int the stool? are you going to the bathroom at least once a day? are you fatigued? do you workout (running, weights etc?) I would like to try and help you but need a little more info,...do you drink a lot of water, do you drink alcohol in excess? when you urinate is there any discomfort?

      EDIT- This sounds like a gallstone problem,
      -According to MedicineNet.com, gallstones often cause abdominal pain. Other symptoms associated with gallstones include a loss in appetite and nausea along with pain that becomes severe, but does not worsen with movement.

      Did your doctor mention anything about that?? I would look into this option. Good luck, feel better!

  20. QUESTION:
    Why does my stomach hurt after eating a lot of candy?
    I just ate a whole bag of twizzlers and now it hurts. I've had large amounts of candy before and haven't gotten stomach aches from it. I'm out to dinner and don't want to throw up when eating. I'm drinking some water right now hoping it'll help. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      any candies contain milk derivatives, such as cookies, donuts, smoothies, ice cream, coffee cream, chocolates, etc, this may be the reason that causes stomach hurts after eating sweets.

      Lactose intolerance is a condition of the intestinal microvilli due to the body produces little or no amount of the enzyme lactase, which results in an inability to metabolize lactose (“milk sugar”).

      Thus, when the absence of lactase prevents the body digest lactose produces clinical representative as a manifestation of this inability to adequately respond to their presence in the digestive tract.
      Symptoms are 30 minutes after eating:

      -Diarrhea
      -Nausea
      -Vomiting
      -Stomach cramps

      -Stomach hurts after eating.

      Constipation

      A diet rich in refined sugars can cause several health problems like constipation.

      Constipation is a digestive problem increasingly common today, is the lack of mobility of the intestines, causing rare and painful defecation, with much difficulty and expulsing hard stools.

      Constipation may cause your stomach hurts after eating or few hours later due to inflamation of the intestines and low mobility of the intestines

      The causes of constipation are:
      Lack of exercise
      Not drinking enough water
      Diet low in fiber
      stress
      pregnancy
      Taking medications
      hypothyroidism
      Colon Cancer
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      Other intestinal diseases

  21. QUESTION:
    Why am i being sick after eating chicken?
    So this is really weird, but whenever i eat chicken, i always throw up afterwards. this has happened recently on both occasions that i have eaten chicken. I ate it once and thought it was a cold or possibly food poisoning, (im not the best cook) and i only throw up once after eating chicken, and that's it. Afterwards im completely fine and have no other symptoms. whats wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Stomach pain after eating chicken is most likely related to food poisoning, if it occurs in an isolated instance. Chicken can become contaminated by campylobacter or salmonella, two common bacteria in affected chicken. If you notice that you develop stomach pain every time you eat chicken, you may have a food intolerance or allergy. Your symptoms need to be reported to your doctor as soon as they develop for effective treatment.

      Food Poisoning from Chicken
      Food poisoning from chicken occurs if the chicken is undercooked, has come into direct contact with animal feces or is left out for too long. After eating chicken that is contaminated, you will develop stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and cramping within a few hours. To prevent food poisoning with chicken, wash your hands before and after handling raw chicken, make sure the chicken is fully cooked and that it doesn't come into contact with any surfaces that could be contaminated.

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      Treatment
      Most cases of food poisoning cause violent and excessive bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. If you cannot stop vomiting, don't eat or drink for two hours. Food poisoning has no cure and is most effectively treated with rest, changing your diet and drinking more clear liquid. Eat bland foods, such as toast, white rice, bananas, boiled potatoes and carrots until your stools become normal. Avoid foods and beverages that could aggravate the gut, such as caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol.

      Allergy and Intolerance
      Food allergies and intolerances are two conditions that can cause stomach pain after eating certain foods. Certain chicken dishes are made with food allergens, such as eggs, wheat, milk and soy. For example, fried chicken may contain wheat from the bread crumbs and eggs in the batter. Some processed chicken contains additives, such as lactose and MSG, which can cause symptoms of food intolerance. Food allergies are caused by a defect in the immune system, while food intolerances are a result of the inability of your digestive system to properly process certain ingredients, sugars and proteins.

      Elimination Diet
      An elimination diet may be used to identify if chicken causes adverse reactions in your body. Stop eating chicken for two weeks. If you experience any reactions during this elimination period, document which foods triggered the symptoms. After the two weeks, eat an ounce of chicken and record how your body responds to it. Over the next few days increase the amount of chicken you eat by one ounce. Use only plain chicken that is not processed, pre-cooked or seasoned. Talk with your doctor about your findings.

      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/399028-i-have-stomach-pain-after-eating-chicken/#ixzz29OS7etDq

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think this pain most likely is?
    I have aches in my lower right abdomen, but they've dulled recently. They started at about 1o'clock, and they're here now but they dulled down. I've got no appetite.

    I've panicked it could be appendicitis, but then i remembered i do a lot of stomach crunches (around 3000 a day). I did some first thing this morning.

    What do you think this could be? Help ASAP, i'm worried, even though the pain ISN'T strong. I'm just a worrier lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Any organ in your midsection can cause pain, including your appendix, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines.

      Symptoms Possible Cause Action to Take
      Intense pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, possibly starting as a vague, uncomfortable feeling around the navel. You may also have nausea, vomiting, or a slight fever. Appendicitis Go to an emergency room now
      Severe pain that starts in the upper abdomen and often spreads to the sides and the back. The pain may flare up soon after a large meal, or six to 12 hours after an episode of heavy drinking. You may also have nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowish skin, and a racing heartbeat. Pancreatitis Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Acute pancreatitis can cause shock, which may result in death if not treated quickly.
      Extremely sharp abdominal pain, perhaps with other acute symptoms. *Pelvic inflammatory disease
      *Heart attack
      *Perforated stomach ulcer
      *Shock, from allergy
      *Diabetic emergency
      *Poisoning Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.
      Pain in upper right side of abdomen; may spread to right upper back, chest, or right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; or gas. Gallstones If this is your first attack, call a doctor for emergency advice.
      If you can't reach one, go to an emergency room. Don't eat or drink anything.
      In a woman who might be pregnant: severe pain that arises suddenly in the lower right or lower left abdomen, usually without vomiting or fever. Ectopic pregnancy Call the doctor for a prompt appointment. If you experience severe abdominal pain or bleeding, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.
      Moderate to severe cramps that wax and wane, or occasional cramps that flare up after meals, and vomiting, especially if the vomit smells like stool. Other possible signs include watery or ribbon-like stools, or no stools at all. Intestinal obstruction Go to the emergency room right away.
      Pain or tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, along with fever.
      You may also have nausea, vomiting, chills, stomach cramps, and either diarrhea or constipation. Diverticulitis See a doctor immediately. If you have sharp abdominal pain along with fever, chills, swelling, or nausea and vomiting, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. You may have peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal cavity.
      Chronic abdominal pain along with dark urine and yellowish skin and eyes. Viral hepatitis See a doctor promptly.
      Pain in the back that usually spreads under the rib cage, around the front, and into the groin. Kidney stones See a doctor promptly
      Searing, stabbing pain in the upper abdomen; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Gallstones or an infection of the gallbladder. See your doctor promptly. If you also experience sweating, chills, and fever, see a doctor right away
      Chronic abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant, along with a fever, sore throat, and extreme fatigue. Mononucleosis or other viral infection See a doctor promptly. In addition to taking medications, you'll need to get plenty of rest.
      Bloody stools or bleeding from the rectum. In some cases, abdominal pain. Bleeding hemorrhoids, colon polyps, or (rarely) colorectal cancer. (Hemorrhoids and polyps rarely cause abdominal pain.) See a doctor promptly.
      In a woman: dull, constant pain in the lower abdomen along with vaginal discharge and fever. Pelvic inflammatory disease. See a doctor promptly.
      Dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when the stomach is empty and goes away after eating. You may also have indigestion, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, and dark stools. *Stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
      *Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) Take an antacid or acetaminophen if necessary, but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
      Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      Call 911 or go an emergency room right away if you throw up blood or anything that looks like coffee grounds; if you feel faint, chilly, or sweaty; if you have black or bloody stools, or if you feel lightheadedness, as if you would faint.
      See a doctor right away if you have sharp back pain with ulcer symptoms.
      Frequent burning pain in the upper abdomen or chest, possibly accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth, a lump in the throat, or trouble swallowing. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Suck on an antacid lozenge at the first sign of pain. Over-the-counter acid blockers can help prevent future attacks.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      See your doctor promptly if you have trouble swallowing, especially if solid food gets stuck.
      Vague, widespread, cramp-like pain, accompanied by bloating, tiredness, gas, and occasional nausea. You may also have diarrhea, constipation,

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symtoms for people with colon cancers?
    No pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer of the colon is the disease characterized by the development of malignant cells in the lining or epithelium of the first and longest portion of the large intestine. Malignant cells have lost normal control mechanisms governing growth. These cells may invade surrounding local tissue, or they may spread throughout the body and invade other organ systems.

      Symptoms

      Colon cancer causes symptoms related to its local presence in the large bowel or by its effect on other organs if it has spread. These symptoms may occur alone or in combination:

      * a change in bowel habit
      * blood in the stool
      * bloating, persistent abdominal distention
      * constipation
      * a feeling of fullness even after having a bowel movement
      * narrowing of the stool—so-called ribbon stools
      * persistent, chronic fatigue
      * abdominal discomfort
      * unexplained weight loss
      * and, very rarely, nausea and vomiting

      Most of these symptoms are caused by the physical presence of the tumor mass in the colon. Similar symptoms can be caused by other processes; these are not absolutely specific to colon cancer. The key is recognizing that the persistence of these types of symptoms without ready explanation should prompt the individual to seek medical evaluation.

      If a tumor develops in the colon, it will begin to cause symptoms as it reaches a certain size. The symptoms are caused by the tumor blocking the opening in the colon. In addition, the tumor commonly oozes blood that is lost in the stool. (Often, this blood is not visible.) This results in anemia and chronic fatigue. Weight loss is a late symptom, often implying substantial obstruction or the presence of systemic disease.-

  24. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for weight loss to show using anorexia?
    my friend is 288 pounds and shes in the 9th grade.
    she hasn't ate for a day and half because shes depressed her boyfriend of a year and a half broke up with her. Shes considering Anorexia, and i would like to know the side affects to help her and also how long. she thinks she can loose 40 pounds in two weeks by not eating nothing at all and also not exercising. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It is physically impossible to lose weight as soon as you get anorexia. However, there is a bigger picture that I would like to stress. Your friend cannot "consider" anorexia. Anorexia is a terrible psychological disorder that screws up your perception about what healthy eating is. It is accompanied by very low self esteem and usually other psychological issues such as depression. As someone with an eating disorder, I am disgusted that your friend is considering such a thing. If she wants to lose weight, she should go to a dietian and lose weight in a healthful manner.

      I got this list from a Facebook forum targeted at eating disorder support, originally written by Bony Pink:

      Psychiatric complications from anorexia, bulimia and ED-NOS:

      (Most of these can occur before or after the onset of the eating disorder.)

      Depression; social anxiety/phobia; personality disorders; abuse (ED sufferers are at a higher risk for all types of abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual, as well, rape and abuse are the number one cause of eating disorders); suicidal thoughts and actions; low self-esteem; self harm; isolation; aggression; paranoia; psychosis; body dysmorphic disorder; self-hatred; difficultly in relationships; drug abuse and alcoholism; obsessive compulsive disorder; sexual dysfunction; need for psychiatric observation in a locked ward; fear of the opposite sex; lack of motivation to find work, go to school, etc.; anxiety; panic attacks; "forget" how to eat normally; obsessions; easily addicted; etc.

      Medical complications from anorexia, bulimia, and ED-NOS:

      Fatigue; dizziness; hair loss; motor skill impairment; lanugo (downy hair that grows all over the body after extreme fat loss, as a last ditch effort to keep warm); insomnia; sleep cycle impairment; tooth decay; tooth loss; increased susceptibility to infection; liver failure; kidney failure (extremely common, and often sets in early on during starvation), heart failure; heart attack; anal prolapse; muscle deterioration; ulcers; decreased or absent bowel function; loss of menstruation leading to: ovarian cysts, increased risk of ovarian or cervical cancer, hormonal imbalances, infertility, etc.; lack of calcium, leading to decreased bone density and eventually osteoporosis -- symptoms of which are pain, shrinkage of the spin and limbs, regular fractures in the bones; constantly feel cold; confusion; slowed metabolism; nail breakage or loss; inability to walk; bruising; difficultly clotting blood; difficulty healing from minimal injuries (cuts, scrapes, etc.); incontinence (inability to control one's bowels, leading to 'accidents' in public places); cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat); diarrhea; exhaustion; impaired ability to regulate body temperature and sweat production, increasing the risks of hypothermia and over-heating; inability to control urination; bed sores; arthritis; various diseases of the colon, many of which are fatal and necessitate the removal of most of the colon; gallstones; kidney stones; frequent nausea; uncontrolled projectile vomiting after meals (not self-induced purging, stomach will no longer accept food); hepatic problems (liver); memory loss; perforation of the stomach due to purging; tearing your esophagus (throat); choking or inhaling vomit during purging; coma; brain damage due to coma, electrolyte imbalance, etc.; dry skin; slow heart rate; diabetes; irritable bowel syndrome; stunted growth; low blood sugar (causes confusion, dizziness, aggression, fainting or collapsing, seizures, coma and death); low iron/anemia; impotence in males; edema (swelling); increased risk of various cancers; vision loss/disturbances; fainting; collapsing; injury due to fainting/collapsing; hearing loss; circulation problems, and risk of losing limbs as a result (gangrene); acid reflux; indigestion; pulmonary (lungs) symptoms; HIGH risk of kidney and urinary track infections; blockage in the bowels; dehydration; over-hydration (water poisoning); high cholesterol; loss of sex drive; low blood pressure (risk of multi-organ failure, fainting, etc.); spinal shrinkage (hunchback); internal bleeding; digestive track failure; constipation; nerve deterioration; shrinkage of the brain; heart shrinkage; overdose on "regular" adult dose for medication, due to inability to metabolize drugs; and, of course....

      Death.

      Which is definitely permanent.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why treatment for colon cancer every other week?
    I have no symptoms or side effects and my blood counts come back up perfectly and quickly. I do note even need a Neulasta shot. Why then can't I get a treatment every week instead of every other week? (I was getting Folfox but now just do 5fu and leucovorin since I had a reaction to the oxalilplatin)

    • ANSWER:
      Good question, its so designed to prevent all adverse effects and also a duration of action of chemotherapy. The adverse effects are not low blood counts alone, they can also be mucositis, neuropathy, severe vomiting and nausea.

      They cannot accelerate..

  26. QUESTION:
    I am having extreme pelvic pain what is going on?
    I am Having extreme pelvic pain that runs into my lower back. I have been having diarrhea and I am always Nauseas and when I eat it always makes it worse no matter what I eat. I have seen a Gynecologist about cervical cancer had two Biopsies with a normal return and an abnormal return. what is going on with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you go to a internal medicine doctor or a Gastroenterologist and see what they say. I typed Diarrhea AND Pelvic pain into a online symptom checker and this is what came up.

      1. Acute Appendicitis
      Infection of the appendix

      2. Constipation
      Difficult or dry bowel movements...

      3. Crohn's disease
      Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. The disease can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the

      4. Endometriosis
      Misplaced uterus tissue causing scar tissue

      5. HIV-1, CRF36_cpx
      HIV is an immune system disease caused by the HIV virus. AIDS is a term used when a person infected with HIV has a CD4+ T cell count below 200 or 14% of lymphocytes. AIDS is an advanced form of HIV. To be classified as AIDS the person must also have an AI

      6. Hepatitis
      Any type of liver inflammation or infection

      7. Interferon Beta -- Teratogenic Agent
      There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Interferon Beta during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exp

      8. Irritable bowel syndrome
      Spasms in the colon wall

      9. Mifepristone -- Teratogenic Agent
      There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Mifepristone during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposu...

      10. Ovarian Cancer
      Cancer of the ovaries

      11. Pelvic abscess
      A pus-filled cavity in the pelvis due to infection

      12. Psychological disorders
      Any condition that affects ones mind...read more »

  27. QUESTION:
    Dose birth control make it so you can never have kids?
    I might have to go on it and i don't want that to happen.
    Please help me....
    Any answers?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, that's up in the air. There are doctors and scientists on both sides if that.

      I'm guessing you need to take birth control for a reason other than it's original use? If so, and especially since you are worried about it anyway, I highly recommend you don't do it. There are major side effects to the pill that are highly damaging to the body, but some reason doctors are like... pill-happy. They use every little excuse to put women and girls on it. I know that for whatever reason your doctor wants you on it, there are alternatives. I suggest you look them up, and see what you can do.

      The Pill Side Effects

      Head/Brain
      Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the cranial cavity)

      Cerebral thrombosis (blood clot that drains blood from the brain)

      Melasma, which may persist (skin discoloration; usually dark, irregular patches)

      Migraine

      Headache

      Dizziness

      Loss of scalp hair

      Acne
      Eyes
      Retinal thrombosis (blockage of the central retinal vein that carries blood away from the eye)

      Change in corneal curvature (steepening of the cornea)

      Intolerance to contact lenses

      Cataracts
      Heart/Blood
      Thrombophlebitis and venous thrombosis with or without embolism (blood clots in the veins)

      Hypertension (high blood pressure)

      Mesenteric thrombosis (blood clot in the major veins that drain blood from the intestine)

      Hemorrhagic eruption (bleeding eruption)

      Arterial thromboembolism (blood clots in the heart)

      Pulmonary embolism (arterial blockage, usually from a blood clot, that cuts off one lung's blood supply)

      Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

      Budd-Chiari Syndrome (closing of the veins that carry deoxygenated blood from the lower half of the body into the heart)

      Hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure and low platelet count in the blood)
      Mental
      Mental depression

      Nervousness
      Whole Body
      Changes in libido (usually decreased libido)

      Edema (increased fluid and subsequent pressure within an organ)

      Change in weight (increase or decrease)

      Rash (allergic reaction)

      Pre-menstrual syndrome

      Hirsutism (excessive hair growth in places where hair normally is minimal or absent)

      Erythema multiforme (allergic reaction)

      Erythema nodosum (skin inflammation)

      Porphyria (disease that can manifest itself as anything from acute mania, including hallucinations, to constipation and skin rashes)

      Bone loss

      Cancer (breast, uterine and vaginal)
      Stomach/Intestines
      Gallbladder disease (bile duct stones)

      Hepatic adenomas or benign liver tumors

      Nausea

      Vomiting

      Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating)

      Cholestatic jaundice (jaundice caused by thickened bile)

      Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates

      Changes in appetite

      Impaired renal function (impaired kidney function)

      Colitis (digestive disease characterized by inflammation of the colon)

      Hemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney failure and low platelet count in the blood)
      Pregnancy

  28. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome or some other problem/disorder?
    Basically i have noticed the following symptoms lately

    - After i have eaten, i get a discomfort in my stomach almost as if the food is sitting on top of my stomach and not settling properly.
    - Sometime an urgent need to use the toilet 5-20 minutes after i have eaten, with some diarrhea.
    - Occasional green tinged stools.
    - Occasional malaise/nausea sort of feeling in my stomach.
    - Bloating.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      To me that doesn't really sound like Coeliac Disease - which is an allergy to gluten.
      On the other hand, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that has symptoms similar to many other conditions such as colon cancer or another underlying cause - so the only way to know for sure is to rule out the chances of any other disease, so I suggest you get it checked out by your doctor - ask to have an endoscopy done of your digestive tract. Hopefully it won't be anything serious, but its really important that you get it checked out.

      Hope that helped, get well soon!

  29. QUESTION:
    Whataare the symptoms of colon cancer?
    I am a 59 yp male that has always been in perfect health. Suddenly i seem to be getting wart like things around my anus. Have not been to a doctor yet but planning to soon just curious

    • ANSWER:
      "Bleeding - Blood in Stool:
      This is the most commonly experienced colon cancer symptom. As a tumor grows larger, the passage of feces can cause the tumor to bleed. it is common to see blood if the tumor is near the anus, but it is much more common for the blood to be hidden inside the stools.
      Weight Loss:
      An unexpected weight loss accompanied by other symptoms can indicate colon cancer. The pain and discomfort caused by a tumor can lead to loss of appetite, which in turn results in weight loss.
      Changes in Bowel Habits:
      If you are consistently constipated or have diarrhea, this must be evaluated by a physician. Changes in bowel habits also include gas and producing thinner stools. Thinner stools are usually the result of a tumor obstructing the passage of feces. This is one of the more common colon cancer symptoms.
      Abdominal Discomfort:
      Abdominal discomfort can mean many things - bloating, swelling, cramping and feeling full.
      Abdominal Pain:
      Swelling and pain of the abdomen are also symptoms of colon cancer. This usually occurs when the intestine is blocked by a tumor. If the tumor grows large, then nausea and vomiting can occur.
      Fatigue:
      Fatigue is a symptom of many cancers. It can also be a symptom of many other conditions that aren't cancer related. Fatigue experienced with cancer can be mild or severe."

      For the record, the symptoms you have could indicate many different things, piles, herpes etc. due to your age i would suggest you see a doc as soon as possible as you are in the age range for bowel problems (not just cancer).

      anything unusual should be reported to your doc.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get recovery from chronic dysentery. Please advice?
    My age is 35 years. I've been suffering with chronic dysentery. As a result of this dysentery, my health is being weak. I feel always nervous. I fail to work properly due to my weakness. When I use toilet, I evacuate stool with mucous. Please advice how to get recovery immediately from this bad disease.
    Your cooperation is highly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Amebiasis is infection with Entamoeba histolytica. It is commonly asymptomatic, but mild diarrhea to severe dysentery may occur. Extraintestinal infections include liver abscesses. Diagnosis is by identifying E. histolytica in stool specimens or by serologic tests. Treatment for symptomatic disease is with metronidazole or tinidazole followed by paromomycin or other drugs active against cysts in the lumen.
      Complications of Amebiasis:-
      * Liver abscess
      * Medication side effects, including nausea
      * Spread of the parasite through the blood to the liver, lungs, brain, or other organs
      Colon cancer often causes no symptoms until it has reached a relatively advanced stage. Thus, many organizations recommend periodic screening for the disease with fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy.
      Consult a Gastro enterologist.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Dysentery and Colorectal cancer.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the affects of beer?
    can you get high from drinking it?

    can it permenantly make you stupid?

    is it addicting?

    can you buy it when your 18?

    will it harm your body if you drink it a couple years before your 18?

    does it make you dizzy?

    is it the same affects as weed?

    please answer all of my questions
    how much do you have to drink before it affects your system with a deep impact?

    how much can you drink so you dont actually get drunk?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your body weight and size as to how much you can tolerate. Some can drink half a glass and get drunk, some a case of it.

      You can't buy it until you are 21 here in my state.

      It can be addicting as you have heard of alcoholics.

      You should not drink it before you are legal. There are laws for a reason.

      Some people have gotten so sick that they stay in the bathroom all night.

      It can affect your coordination and how you respond to things. That is why you should never drink and drive, even if you feel you are okay, you are not.

      It can mess your liver up if you drink too much over time.

      You get high from smoking weed, you get drunk from drinking.

      Personally, I have never drank and never had the desire. I want to know what I am doing at all times. I have many of friends drink and It makes me uncomfortable to be around, especially when they have overdone it.

      Stay sober and don't drink when you know it is not legal at your age.
      Here is a website for you and some that I copied and pasted: http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/alcoholism?utm_medium=yahoo&utm_source=sleep_comorbid&utm_campaign=adam&utm_term={keyword}&OVRAW=effects%20of%20alcohol&OVKEY=effects%20of%20alcohol&OVMTC=standard&OVADID=23855930511&OVKWID=179961951011
      Alcohol affects the central nervous system as a depressant, resulting in a decrease of activity, anxiety, tension, and inhibitions. Even a few drinks can result in behavioral changes, a slowing in motor performance, and a decrease in the ability to think clearly. Concentration and judgment become impaired. In excessive amounts, intoxication may result.

      Alcohol also affects other body systems. Irritation of the gastrointestinal tract can occur with erosion of the lining of the esophagus and stomach causing nausea and vomiting, and possibly bleeding. Vitamins are not absorbed properly, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies with the long-term use of alcohol. Liver disease, called alcoholic hepatitis, may also develop and can progress to cirrhosis. The heart muscle may be affected. Sexual dysfunction may also occur, causing problems with erections in men and cessation of menstruation in women.

      Alcohol affects the nervous system and can result in nerve damage and severe memory loss. Chronic alcohol use also increases the risk of cancer of the larynx, esophagus, liver, and colon. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. The most serious is fetal alcohol syndrome, which may result in mental retardation and behavior problems. A milder form of the condition which can still cause lifelong impairment is called fetal alcohol affects.

      The social consequences of problem drinking and alcohol dependence can be as serious as the medical problems. People who abuse or are dependent on alcohol have a higher incidence of unemployment, domestic violence, and problems with the law. About half of all traffic deaths are related to alcohol use.

      The development of dependence on alcohol may occur over a period of years, following a relatively consistent pattern. At first, a tolerance of alcohol develops. This results in a person being able to consume a greater quantity of alcohol before its adverse effects are noticed. Memory lapses (black-outs) relating to drinking episodes may follow tolerance. Then, people may lose control over drinking and find it difficult or impossible to stop if they try. The most severe drinking behavior includes prolonged binges of drinking with associated mental or physical complications. Some people are able to gain control over their dependence in earlier phases before a total lack of control occurs. The problem is, no one knows which heavy drinkers will be able to regain control and which will not.

      Withdrawal develops because the brain has physically adapted to the presence of alcohol and cannot function adequately in the absence of the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal may include elevated temperature, increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate, restlessness, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, and rarely even death.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are these cramps or regular stomach pains?
    Okay so I was in the car today, and my abdominal area started hurting and I felt really lazy and in a non talkative mood.
    And about 1 hour later, I felt my period start. And thank god we just arrived home, so yeah, I went to the bathroom.

    And I still have had these pains for about almost 2 hours
    Are they cramps or regular abnominal pain?

    • ANSWER:
      You've had abdominal pain for several hours, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight. Should you wait it out or seek help right away?

      Abdominal pain is common. Episodes often stem from overeating or eating too much of a certain type of food. Sometimes a viral or bacterial infection (gastroenteritis) is responsible. In other cases, the pain may be an early warning sign of something more serious. But, you can't always judge the severity of its cause by how much pain you feel. Cramping from a viral infection or simple gas can cause severe pain, while potentially life-threatening problems, such as colon cancer or appendicitis, may cause little or no pain initially.

      Where does it hurt?
      The number of organs in your abdomen and the complex signals they send can make it tough to pinpoint the cause of abdominal pain. Sometimes, the location of your pain can help narrow the list. But, it's very difficult to know the cause of the abdominal pain solely by its location, even for an experienced doctor.

      Navel area
      Pain near your bellybutton can be related to a small intestine disorder or an inflammation of your appendix (appendicitis).

      The appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch that projects out from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. If it gets obstructed, it may become inflamed and filled with pus. Without treatment, an infected appendix can burst and cause a serious infection (peritonitis). In addition to abdominal pain, appendicitis may cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, and the urge to pass gas or have a bowel movement.

      Upper middle abdomen
      The epigastric area - directly above the navel in the upper middle section of the abdomen - is where you might feel pain associated with stomach disorders. Persistent pain in this area may also signal a problem with your pancreas or gallbladder.

      Upper left abdomen
      It's uncommon to experience pain here. When you do, it may suggest a stomach, colon, spleen or pancreas problem.

      Upper right abdomen
      Intense pain in the upper right abdomen is often related to inflammation of the gallbladder. The pain may extend to the center of your abdomen and penetrate to your back. Occasionally, an inflamed pancreas, colon or duodenum can cause pain in this area as well.

      Lower middle abdomen
      Pain below the navel that spreads to either side may signify a colon disorder. Pain in this area may also be a symptom of kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. For women, pain in this area may also indicate pelvic inflammatory disease.

      Lower left abdomen
      Pain here often suggests a problem in the lower colon, where food waste is expelled. Possible causes include inflammatory bowel disease or an infection in the colon known as diverticulitis.

      Lower right abdomen
      Inflammation of the bowel may cause pain in your lower right abdomen. The pain of appendicitis also may spread to the lower right abdomen. Other possible causes of lower right abdominal pain include hernia and ectopic pregnancy.

      Migrating pain
      Abdominal pain has the unusual ability to travel along deep nerve pathways and emerge at sites away from the source of the problem. Pain related to gallbladder inflammation, for example, can spread to your chest and your right shoulder. Pain from a pancreas disorder may radiate up between your shoulder blades. This is often called "referred pain."

      Alternatively, abdominal pain may be referred pain from another condition, such as a heart attack or pneumonia.

      Managing the pain
      For mild abdominal pain caused by something you ate, it may help to sip water or suck on ice chips. When you feel better, try small amounts of bland foods, such as toast, applesauce or bananas. If stomach acid is an issue, an antacid may help.

      When to see your doctor
      Though most cases of abdominal pain aren't serious, sometimes medical treatment is essential. Consult your doctor if:

      The pain is severe, recurrent or persistent
      The pain gets worse
      You can't eat because of the pain
      You also have a high fever or chills along with the pain
      Seek emergency help if:

      The pain is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, bleeding, vomiting or a high fever
      The abdominal pain is sudden and severe
      The pain radiates to your chest, neck or shoulder
      You vomit blood
      You find blood in your stool or your stool turns black
      You find blood in your urine
      Your abdomen is swollen and tender
      Be prepared to describe the pain, including where it hurts and what it feels like. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help you feel your best again.

  33. QUESTION:
    Around 4:30am I woke up with cramping in the abdominal area down to my thighs, is that normal?
    I got up to pee and it went away, my cramps come and go? normal? thanks!
    I am 5 weeks pregnant, I feel cramping every so often, I am at work now and I feel fine. Thanks for the answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you must seek medical care right away. In many cases you can simply wait, use home care remedies, and call your doctor at a later time only if the symptoms persist.

      Possible causes include:

      * Excessive gas
      * Chronic constipation
      * Lactose intolerance (milk intolerance)
      * Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
      * Irritable bowel syndrome
      * Heartburn or indigestion
      * Gastroesophageal reflux
      * Ulcers
      * Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      * Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
      * Diverticular disease, including inflammation of small pouches that form in the large intestines (diverticulitis)
      * Bowel obstruction -- in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool
      * Food allergy
      * Food poisoning (salmonella, shigella)
      * Hernia
      * Kidney stones
      * Urinary tract infections
      * Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
      * Intussusception (telescoping intestines) -- while uncommon, this is a serious possible cause of pain in an infant who may be drawing his or knees to the chest and crying to indicate the pain
      * Dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm -- bleeding into the wall of the aorta
      * Parasite infections (Giardia)
      * Sickle cell crisis
      * Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis (two different types of inflammatory bowel disease)
      * Epiploic appendagitis

      When an inflamed organ in the abdomen ruptures or leaks fluid, you not only have excruciating pain, your abdomen will be very stiff (board-like) and you will likely have a fever. This occurs when you have peritonitis due to an infection spreading in the abdominal cavity from the ruptured organ, like the appendix. This is a medical emergency.

      In infants, prolonged unexplained crying (often called "colic") may be caused by abdominal pain that may end with the passage of gas or stool. Colic is often worse in the evening. Cuddling and rocking the child may bring some relief.

      Abdominal pain that occurs during menstruation may be from menstrual cramps or it may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ. This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) -- infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      Abdominal pain may actually be caused by an organ in the chest, like the lungs (for example, pneumonia) or the heart (like a heart attack). Or, it may stem from a muscle strain in the abdominal muscles.

      Cancers of the colon and other gastrointestinal areas are serious but uncommon causes of abdominal pain.

      Other more unusual causes of abdominal pain include a type of emotional upset called somatization disorder, reflected as physical discomfort (including recurrent abdominal pain). Strep throat in children can cause abdominal pain.

      Home Care Return to top

      For mild pains:

      * Sip water or other clear fluids.
      * Avoid solid food for the first few hours. If there has been vomiting, wait 6 hours. Then, eat small amounts of mild foods.
      * If the pain is high up in your abdomen and occurs after meals, antacids may provide some relief, especially if you feel heartburn or indigestion. Avoid citrus, high-fat foods, fried or greasy foods, tomato products, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. You may also try H2 blockers (Tagamet, Pepcid, or Zantac) available over the counter. If any of these medicines worsen your pain, CALL your doctor right away.
      * AVOID aspirin, ibuprofen, and narcotic pain medications unless your health care provider prescribes them. If you know that your pain is not related to your liver, you can try acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

      Call 911 if you:

      * Have sudden, sharp abdominal pain
      * Have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
      * Are vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)
      * Have a rigid, hard abdomen that is tender to touch
      * Are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting

      Call your doctor if you have:

      * Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
      * Diarrhea for more than 5 days
      * Abdominal discomfort that lasts one week or longer
      * Fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children) with your pain
      * A burning sensation when you urinate or frequent urination
      * Pain in your shoulder blades and nausea
      * Pain that develops during pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)
      * Prolonged poor appetite
      * Unexplained weight loss

  34. QUESTION:
    How rare is bowel cancer in children?
    how rare is bowel cancer in children ages 3-16?

    • ANSWER:
      The average age for diagnosis of bowel cancer is 65. Incidence rises with age, occassionally however, it affects young adults aged from 20 years.

      With an occurance rate of three childhood cases of colorectal cancer for every 15 million kids, it is little wonder doctors rarely suspect the disease. (About.com/colon cancer)

      Some symptoms experienced include constipation, abnormally 'thin' stool (like a pencil - caused by obstruction), lower abdominal cramping, blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting, gas, bloating and constant fatigue.

  35. QUESTION:
    what is gastritis? and do you have to have "heartburn" with it?
    so these are the symptoms of gastritis:

    Abdominal upset
    Abdominal pain
    Belching
    Abdominal bloating
    Nausea
    Vomiting
    Feeling of fullness
    Burning sensation in the upper abdomen
    Blood in vomit or black stools

    but all i have is the abdominal pain, nausea, vomitting from eating only, and feeling of fullness constantly. is it possible to still have gastritis?

    i went to the ER last night, and he said that i may have gastritis. but they say usually the whole heartburn symptoms are the main ones. i never have heartburn. also could this lead to stomach cancer? or could it be a sign of stomach cancer? there's a history of that in my family. oh and i know it's not my gallbladder, had it removed in nov. 2006.
    thanks, i am already seeing a digestive disease dr. they are still unsure what the problem could be. the one i'm seeing now makes the 3rd one.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a Gastroenterologist one who specializes in the gi tract, stomach,colon.

  36. QUESTION:
    what is the health benefits of making regular physical activities a part of your life?
    please please please please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Being physically fit not only helps people live healthy lives, it also helps people live longer. People who make physical activity and exercise a part of their daily lives when they are young are more likely to keep it in their lives as they grow older and benefit from it throughout their lifespans. Physical activity is defined as any movement that spends energy. Exercise benefits people of all ages.

      Exercise is a subset of physical activity, but it is an activity that is structured and planned. Even moderately intense physical activity such as brisk walking is beneficial when done regularly for a total of 30 minutes or longer on most or all days.

      Doing some kind of physical activity or exercise on a regular basis helps to increase strength and flexibility, improve endurance, control weight, increase bone mass, and improve self-esteem, as well as reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and the risk of developing high blood pressure.

      Regular physical activities helps in weight maintenance hence keeping blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control and protecting us from obesity, diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery diseases.
      Physical activity can strengthen your heart and help it pump blood and deliver oxygen to your body.
      Exercise can help increase your metabolism.
      Physical activity may help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and also increase good cholesterol (HDL) which can help protect against heart disease.
      Your immune system can become stronger with regular physical activity.
      Regular exercise can decrease high blood pressure in people with hypertension or delay the development of high blood pressure.
      Physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer.
      Exercise is important for maintaining muscle strength, joint structure and healthy joint functioning.
      Physical activity may affect body fat distribution.
      Regular exercise will help burn calories and lose extra weight by increasing your heart rate.
      Stress and anxiety can be relieved through regular physical activity.
      Depression is less likely to develop in physically active individuals.
      Physical exercise helps in building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem -
      Low self-confidence and self-esteem can cause a person to engage in harmful behaviors, such as self-mutilation, drug addiction, or disordered eating or drinking alcohol to excess. People with high self-confidence and self-esteem are usually happy with themselves, outgoing, and positive. They take pride in accomplishments and are able to stand up for themselves. They are not afraid of taking on new challenges and are not afraid of failure.

      Dangers of Too Much Exercise: There are wonderful rewards for exercising: physical fitness and good mental health. However, a person can exercise too much and cause health problems. Everyone should be aware of the dangers of exercise when beginning or maintaining a physical fitness program.

      GIVE YOUR BODY A REST. A body is not made to be on the go all the time. It needs to rest. While exercise is good, it does tire the body. Overdoing exercise can result in feeling tired, weak, sore, or irritable. If one feels tired or sore during or after being physically active, those are signals to rest.

      OVERHEATING. It is easy to overheat if a person is active on a hot day. A person should try not to exercise outside in very high temperatures. If one does, one should drink a lot of water, wear well-ventilated clothing, and pay attention to how the body is reacting to the heat.

      Overheating should not be ignored. The symptoms of overheating can include cramps, nausea, tingling and clammy skin, and can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Signs of heat exhaustion include sweating a lot, skin that is clammy and cool, and a pulse that is rapid and weak. It is important for anyone experiencing these symptoms to get out of the heat, lie down, and drink water.

      Exercising too much can cause injuries. It is easy to worsen slight injuries if a person doesn't pay attention to soreness or pain. As soon as a person experiences discomfort while exercising, he or she should stop and the injured area should be rested. Time should be taken for the injured area to heal before exercising again.

      To help prevent injuries, a person should always warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Warming up means starting out slow for the first ten minutes of exercise. This allows blood flow to increase in the muscles, which warms up the muscles and makes them more flexible. Cooling down means slowing down gradually after exercising. This will let blood flow from the areas that were being worked to other parts of the body, especially the head, which will reduce the chance of dizziness or fainting following a hard workout. A proper cool-down will also help keep muscles from getting too stiff.

  37. QUESTION:
    My husband is having bizarre symptoms?
    My husband has recently began experiencing what he describes as a noticable pulse in his rectum/anus area. Also having headaches, severe gas, and waves of nausea. No actual vomiting, just feeling as though he needs to.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything from something he ate to colon cancer. If the symptoms don't subside in a day or two, he needs to see a Gastroenterologist. ... especially if his stool is like a black tarry substance.

      I do suggest that your first stop should be a visit to the Emergency room if his condition does not improve since getting a Doctor's appointment to be seen quickly is hard to do due to their patient loads.

  38. QUESTION:
    Where you or are you pregnant and didn't miss your period the first month or two, as well as no symptoms.?
    I have heard of this happening but, I want to know how this could be possible. Don't woman usually experience symptoms of being pregnant one of them being, missed period.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the first and most reliable signs of pregnancy is a missed period. However, because everything related to pregnancy and menstrual cycles has some connection to hormones, it is possible for a variety of hormonal issues to mess up the signals to your body indicating you should stop having a period. In my own personal case, I was 38 years old with 3 children who were 17, 15, and 12 and I was taking birth control pills reliably for 11 years when my husband and I conceived quite unexpectedly. I had no idea I had conceived. The hormones in the birth control pills signaled my body to have a period so it did. I had no pregnancy symptoms at all. The only odd thing I had was a pain in my stomach whenever I ate. Not nausea or vomiting, just a pain, so I began to live on toast and soup because these things caused less pain. Later when I developed heartburn, something I had never had before, I thought my stomach was acting up with an ulcer. My mom was worried about colon cancer as we have a history of that in our family. I went to my doctor just for my regularly scheduled yearly physical. We talked about my stomach pain and she thought maybe it might be Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, once the pelvic exam got underway, my doctor seemed puzzled by how my cervix felt, as if I were pregnant. We both had a good laugh at that idea, but she still insisted on a pregnancy test just to "rule it out". We were surprised when the nurse brought back a positive test. Even then, my doctor said there are some things that can cause a false positive so she brought in the Doppler. No mistaking that precious tiny baby heart beat that gave us the proof we both needed that this wasn't IBS. I had been having regular periods so I had to have an ultrasound which showed I was 17 weeks along. I had previously been one of the biggest skeptics when women said they were pregnant but had no idea. I had been pregnant 3 times before and I thought there is no way a woman could be pregnant and not know. I, however, was properly humbled when it happend to me. I had 3 periods while pregnant and taking the Pill. The day I found out I was pregnant I, of course, stopped taking the pills and did not have another episode of bleeding the rest of the pregnancy. So, yes, it is usual for women to miss a period and then get some type of pregnancy symptom, but it does happen sometimes that circumstances aren't typicl and some women do bleed for all or part of their pregnancy. Additionally, every woman and every pregnancy is different. Not all symptoms happen for all women and it is possible for some women to go through most of their pregnancy with little in the way of symptoms.

  39. QUESTION:
    I Just pooped a little bit of blood can someone help me a please?!?
    I know its probably nothing serious but i made a Doctor appointment for tomorrow to see if they can tell me whats up. It wasn't a lot of blood just a little but I always assume its the worst thing possible. Can someone enlighten me on all the things it could be? I'm only 19 so i don't think its anything serious but those things do happen to younger people so I'm not ruling it out.

    • ANSWER:
      Anal Fissure
      An anal fissure is a tiny rip in the lining of the anal passage. This type of tear may result from passing large or stiff stools during bowel movements. In addition to rectal bleeding, an anal fissure may also cause pain, burning and itching. The vast majority of anal fissures heal naturally without surgery.

      Hemorrhoids
      Hemorrhoids are sore, irritated and swollen veins in the lower part of the rectum or anus. They are due to increased stress on the anal veins. They commonly occur from pressure during bowel movements. Women who are pregnant or have just given birth are susceptible to hemorrhoids.

      When the pain and discomfort associated from hemorrhoids is mild, over-the-counter creams, ointments, suppositories or pads generally suffice. More severe cases may require surgery.

      Colon Polyps
      A colon polyp is a small, usually benign cluster of cells that develops on the lining of the colon. Colon polyps that are detected early can be removed safely. If they are not taken out, it's possible for them to become cancerous. While rectal bleeding is possible, polyps often don't have any symptoms.

      There are several tests including a standard colonoscopy (when your doctor looks at the entire colon and rectum) that are used to screen for polyps. They also include a noninvasive fecal occult blood test that looks for blood in a stool sample.

      Stool DNA testing is a new colon cancer screening method that can also can detect precancerous polyps.

      Colon Cancer
      Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine that sits in the lower half of your digestive system. Blood in the stools is just one of many possible signs of this disease. Colon cancer symptoms may also include constipation, diarrhea, narrow stools and abdominal pain. Treatment for colon cancer may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

      Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
      Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that attacks the digestive track. In addition to possible blood in the stools, the inflammation can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and weight loss.

      Ulcerative colitis is another bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Two subclasses of the disorder, left-sided colitis (left side of the colon only) and pancolitis (entire colon) have symptoms that can include blood in the stools.

      Although there is no cure for these IBD disorders, proper treatment can greatly minimize their symptoms.

      Anti-inflammatory drugs are often the first treatment of choice. Corticosteroids may also be considered but tend to have more side effects.

      Intestinal Ischemia
      A weakened blood flow to your small intestine or colon can result in a painful condition called intestinal ischemia (is-KE-me-uh). Intestinal ischemia is a potentially serious disorder but it is highly treatable. In addition to blood in the stools, there may also be an urgent need move your bowels, tenderness in the abdominal region, fever and nausea or vomiting.

      Treatment options vary for intestinal ischemia but they generally involve the restoration of an adequate blood supply to the digestive tract.

      Peptic Ulcers
      In rare cases, peptic ulcers can cause blood in the stools. Peptic ulcers are open sores that can form on the inside lining of the stomach, in the upper small intestine or in the esophagus. Abdominal pain is the most typical symptom of a peptic ulcer. Others may include nausea or vomiting and weight loss

  40. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pains towards my lower left side?
    I have been having pains down there when I exercise [the last several years, 1 time it felt like a knife staging me ( 2 years ago) now they r more frequent as in maybe like 10 a year] what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      One common problem there is constipation. It can cause a person to have pains on their left side and be bloated along with appetite and weight loss. There is also commonly straining too much to try and pass stools.

      Volvulus is a twist in the colon. This is due to having a blockage or obstruction at that site. Along with left side ab pain, there will be nausea and vomiting.

      Pancreatitis which is either acute or chronic can cause a person to have left sided abdominal pains all the time. Pancreatitis can also cause vomiting, upset stomach, person is jaundiced, and has a very tender abdominal area all around, not just the left-side. It is also quite common to have a fever with pancreatitis.

      Pancreatic cancer is scary but can also be a reason for someone having left-sided abdominal pains. Symptoms of this are much the same as pancreatitis. In pancreatic cancer, you do lose a lot of weight unnaturally, and depression is common. The left-sided pain is also more upper left than lower left area.

      Ruptured Spleens can cause left sided pain, or enlarged spleen. Someone that has ruptured their spleed usually has done so with a direct injury to that area. If the spleen however, is too large, it could be a more serious cause such as possible cancer of the liver.

      Kidney infection known as pyelonephritis can cause a person to have pains on their left abdominal area. Other symptoms of pyelonephritis are bloody or black urine,vomiting and fever, and flank pain in the kidney area.

      Glomerulonephritis is a type of inflammation of the kidney which can cause flank pain in the back, and left-sided abdominal pain.

      Urinary or kidney stones are very painful and can cause a person to have left-sided abdominal pain as well. Many times, stones will pass on their own, but not without a lot of pains.

      Female problems such as endometriosis, PCOS, and pelvic inflammatory disease can cause lower left abdominal pains along with pelvic pain and cramping in some cases. It is also possible that fibroids will cause lower-left ab pain in some women when they grow large.

      It has often been thought that appendicitis causes right-sided pain, but it has also occured on the left side of the abdomen as well in the lower section.

      Bowel disorders such as diverticulosis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome, is another frequent cause of lower left abdominal pain. Other symptoms of these bowel disorders are upset stomach, and diarrhea.

      So these are some ideas of what causes a person lower left ab pains. If you are experiencing this problem chronically, talk to your doctor about your types of symptoms and seek treatments.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you think this is serious?
    A relative of mine has this type of colon inflammation when they eat meat, its just inflammation. No pain, diarrhea, or throwing up. They say its just uncomfortable. Do you think this could be serious? I read about colon cancer but the symptoms include blood in the stool, weight loss, fever, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting. They have NON of these symptoms.
    I want to encourage them to see a doctor, but I'd really like to know whether this is serious first?

    • ANSWER:
      certain people are allergic to certain types of food... it may be as mild as simple bloating or "feeling gas in stomach" or cramps or it may be as severe as having blood stained stools.... still the person might need certain tests to confirm that it is not an infection or worm infestation or even cancer as early on the symptoms often mimic

  42. QUESTION:
    I just noticed a marble sized lump on my 8 yr old Pomeranian, it is found on the lower left side of her belly?
    I am concerned since she was not born healthy and been having some problems with her hip and also once in a while,her breathing. I love her to death and don't know if surgery is an option? HELP

    • ANSWER:
      some of these could just be extremes but get here checked out as soon as possible it could be nothing

      Abdominal hernia
      A hernia occurs when an internal organ protrudes through a weakness or abnormal opening in the muscle around it. The most common sign of an abdominal hernia is a swelling or mass that usually disappears when it is gently pressed or when the person lies down. Mild discomfort or pain sometimes appears at the site of the lump. The lump results from a protrusion of the small intestine through a weak section of the muscle wall. Abdominal hernias in an older child or adult are usually repaired with surgery. Most umbilical hernias in babies resolve themselves.

      Crohn's disease
      Also known as regional enteritis, this is an inflammatory disease of the lower part of the small intestine and the colon. Its characteristic symptoms are cramping abdominal pain, especially after eating; nausea and diarrhea; a tender abdominal mass; loss of appetite and weight; and, in some cases, bloody stools. The precise cause is unknown, but it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks body tissue. The symptoms may come and go, varying in severity
      Diverticulosis
      This condition results from the presence of small, sac­like outpouches called diverticula in the wall of the colon. They are usually symptomless unless they become inflamed, which can result in abdominal cramps, tenderness, fever, and nausea. The abdomen becomes distended, particularly on the lower left side. Diverticulosis is rarely life threatening unless an out­pouch ruptures and allows the colon contents to spill into the abdominal cavity, resulting in peritonitis. Treatment involves dietary modification, medication, and sometimes surgery.

      Kidney cancer
      Visible blood in the urine, which may be present one day and absent the next, is a common sign of kidney cancer, but it can also be a warning signal of a number of other disorders. Other common signs of kidney cancer are the presence of a lump or mass in the abdomen and pain in the side. The abdominal mass usually feels smooth, hard, and immobile. Fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, anemia, and high blood pressure may also accompany kidney cancer.

      Metastatic liver cancer
      Without treatment, more than half of all tumors eventually spread to the liver. These secondary tumors, called metastases, can enlarge and harden the liver, creating a distinct mass in the upper abdomen. Malignancies most likely to spread to the liver include cancers of the stomach, pancreas, lung, esophagus, colon, and breast, as well as melanoma. If the liver contains only one metastatic tumor, surgical removal may halt the spread, provided the primary cancer is treated as well. Less commonly, the primary cancer may arise in the liver itself, producing symptoms similar to those of metastatic cancer.
      Ovarian cancer
      Cancer of the ovaries most frequently occurs after menopause, but one type can afflict younger women. Its most common symptom is enlargement of the abdomen, which is generally due to an accumulation of fluid caused by the cancer. In a few cases, the enlargement may be due to the tumor itself. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is another sign associated with ovarian cancer. Less often, there may be abdominal pain and sensations similar to indigestion.

      Stomach cancer
      Early symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to those of other digestive illnesses and include persistent indigestion, bloating, slight nausea, loss of appetite, heartburn, and sometimes mild stomach pain. Later symptoms may include blood in the stool, vomiting, weight loss, and pain. Sometimes it is possible to feel a mass in the upper abdomen.

      Wilms' tumor
      This is the most common type of kidney cancer in children and is quite different from adult kidney cancer. The characteristic sign is an abdominal lump or swelling. Some children have blood in the urine, and other general symptoms include low-grade fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, and anemia. In most cases, Wilms' tumor is curable when treated with surgery, radiation, and anti­cancer drugs

  43. QUESTION:
    Change in stool, scared of bowel cancer or something?
    Symptoms:
    Rope -like-stool
    A bit of blood in excrement
    Nausea.
    Sometimes feeling of incomplete evacuation

    Medication:
    I drink 350 mg clozopine at night 7pm
    and 5mg abilify in the morning.

    History:
    The doctor checked my lower abdomen in the lower bowels. I had a lump that was sore when pressing on it. It's gone now, but I'm worried I am going to get colon cancer. If you all can help, I'd like to know whatshould I eat to improve bowel movement and what to drink? I stopped drinking movicol. So anything. Should I tell my doctor? Or am I jsut worries about nothing... I had my period 7 days early on the 2nd of December, I should have gotten it on the 8th DEC.

    I also have some blood sometimes in my stool. I stood up today and looked at my face, it looks like I'm sickly, like I'm cold...
    At night I don't eat alot, sometimes I just eat half a portion, and then goes to sleep after drinking my medication.

    • ANSWER:
      You certainly do have the symptoms. Does colon cancer run in the family? How old are you? The medications you take wouldn't interfere with your bowel movements or change them in any way. Yes, you should mention this to your physician. It's most likely not colon cancer though. Just ask your doctor for peace of mind if nothing else.

  44. QUESTION:
    When traveling, what is more tolerable or bearable - to have indigestion or to be constipated?

    • ANSWER:
      Both can be a pain in the a.s.s., but more bearable would be constipation, from my personal point of view, since pain is not as much, only discomfort. While indigestion gives so much pain.

      From Wiki:

      "Dyspepsia , known in plain English as indigestion, meaning hard or difficult digestion, is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected with eating. It can be accompanied by bloating, belching, nausea or heartburn. Dyspepsia is a common problem, and is frequently due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis, but in a small minority may be the first symptom of peptic ulcer disease (an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum) and occasionally cancer. Hence, unexplained newly-onset dyspepsia in people over 55 or the presence of other alarm symptoms may require further investigations."

      "Constipation, costiveness, or irregularity, is a condition of the digestive system in which a person (or animal) experiences hard feces that are difficult to expel. This usually happens because the colon absorbs too much water from the food. If the food moves through the gastro-intestinal tract too slowly, the colon may absorb too much water, resulting in feces that are dry and hard"

  45. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced side effects on Imuran?
    i am having nausea all the time, getting sick and tired a lot while i am on this medication. should i go back to my doctor??
    i also suffer from colitis

    • ANSWER:
      Azathioprine is also used to treat ulcerative colitis (a condition in which sores develop in the intestine causing pain and diarrhea). Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
      Azathioprine can cause a decrease in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: unusual bleeding or bruising; excessive tiredness; pale skin; headache; confusion; dizziness; fast heartbeat; difficulty sleeping; weakness; shortness of breath; and sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection. Your doctor will order tests before, during, and after your treatment to see if your blood cells are affected by this drug.
      Azathioprine may increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer, especially skin cancer and lymphoma. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had cancer and if you are taking or have ever taken alkylating agents such as chlorambucil (Leukeran), cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), or melphalan (Alkeran) for cancer. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your skin or any lumps or masses anywhere in your body. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication.
      Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory and ulcerative disease arising in the colonic mucosa, characterized most often by bloody diarrhea. Extraintestinal symptoms, particularly arthritis, may occur. Long-term risk of colon cancer is high. Diagnosis is by colonoscopy. Treatment is with 5-aminosalicylic acid, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, anticytokines, antibiotics, and occasionally surgery.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Azathioprine (generic name) Imuran (brand name) and Ulcerative colitis.

  46. QUESTION:
    If I don't have anemia, can colon cancer be ruled out?
    Here's my question. If somebody has been having blood in the stool for a few weeks now, throwing up daily, feeling nausea a lot, stomach cramps and is constipated and has diarrhea, is super tired all the time, but yet your blood tests show that you don't have anemia, should colon cancer be ruled out?

    • ANSWER:
      No. I had some of those symptoms, and when I had a blood test, it ruled out that I'm anaemic. Three blood tests ruled it out. However, a couple of months later I was diagnosed with stage IIIC colon cancer.

  47. QUESTION:
    My grandfather has something wrong with his intestins?
    the end is closed off and he isn't able to poop

    He is in the hospital doctors don't know what's causing

    • ANSWER:
      There is a section here under All Categories-->Health-->Men's Health that have doctors who could answer your question better than a genealogy "expert" here who researches one's ancestry.

      However, this site http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/intestinal-obstruction/DS00823 , says "Intestinal obstruction is a blockage of your small intestine or colon that prevents food and fluid from passing through. Intestinal obstruction can be caused by many conditions, but it's most often the result of fibrous bands of tissue in the intestine (adhesions), hernias (like what the first answer said about it being "tied in knots" OR is in a loop) or tumors. Intestinal obstruction can result in an array of uncomfortable signs and symptoms, including abdominal pain and swelling, nausea, and vomiting. If left untreated, intestinal obstruction can cause the blocked parts of your intestine to die (become necrotic). This tissue death can lead to perforation of the intestine, severe infection and shock. However, with prompt medical care, intestinal obstruction can often be successfully treated. One of the signs/symptoms of intestinal obstruction is "Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas"
      Other symptoms are:
      Crampy abdominal pain that comes and goes (intermittent)
      Nausea
      Vomiting or diarrhea
      Swelling of the abdomen (distention)
      Abdominal tenderness
      Fever

      CAUSES:
      MECHANICAL--occurs when something — such as a hernia or tumor — is physically blocking your intestine. Blockage of your intestine can be partial or complete. Causes here include: ADHESIONS
      (bodily tissues that are normally separate grow together and form scar tissue); HERNIAS (occur when part of your intestine protrudes into another part of your body. If a loop of intestine becomes trapped due to a hernia, it will cause intestinal obstruction. A hernia is defined as ".protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture"); TUMORS (can block the passage of food and fluids, causing obstruction). Adhesions, hernias and tumors account for about 90 percent of cases of mechanical small intestine obstruction.

      (The article goes on from there. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is one of the country's best hospitals. If your grandfather is in a hospital and doctors don't know what to do, I think I'd take him somewhere else for a second opinion. If nothing else, tell them to test your grandfather for:
      CROHN'S (pronounced like "crone") DISEASE--a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes scarring and thickening of the intestinal walls and frequently leads to obstruction.; INTESTINAL CANCER; DIVERTICULITIS (pronounced like "die-ver-tik-yuh-LIE-tis"; characterized by abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel movements.); TWISTING OF THE COLON.
      Less common causes are: IMPACTED FECES (or poop); NARROWING OF THE COLON; SWALLOWED OBJECTS THAT BLOCK THE COLON; etc.
      Risk factors include abdominal surgeries; Crohn's disease; abdominal cancer; a condition at birth that doesn't let the intestine develop as it should, etc.
      If left untreated, intestinal obstruction can cause serious, life-threatening complications. As your intestine becomes congested, its ability to absorb food and fluids decreases. Decreased absorption may cause vomiting, dehydration and, eventually, can result in shock, which may cause kidney failure. Intestinal obstruction can also cut off the blood supply to the affected portion of your intestine. If left untreated, lack of blood causes the intestinal wall to die. Tissue death can result in a tear (perforation) in the intestinal wall, which can lead to peritonitis, an infection of the lining of your abdominal cavity.
      PERITONITIS (pronounced like " per-i-tn-AHY*-tis; the * ahy is like the i in "like")is a LIFE-threatening condition that requires IMMEDIATE medical and surgical attention. Signs and symptoms of peritonitis include: pain and tenderness in the abdomen, vomiting, constipation, and moderate fever.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are signs that you might have colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Overview of Colon Cancer Symptoms

      - Constipation
      - Thin Stool
      - Stomach Cramps
      - Bright Red Blood in Your Stool
      - Unexplained Weight Loss
      - Sense of Fullness
      - Nausea and Vomiting
      - Lethargy

      The Bottom Line

      Even though you have an idea of what to look out for, it's important to remember that a tumor can grow for years before causing any colon cancer symptoms. In addition, all of these symptoms are very poor predictors in and of themselves.

  49. QUESTION:
    anyone that has polycystic ovarian syndrome ?
    i recently found out i have this , i was just wondering if there is any advice anyone can give me on anything .

    • ANSWER:
      Following a strict diet and exercises routine makes a drastic difference. Limiting your carbs, staying away form food dye and corn syrup-which can worsen dark spots and male pattern baldness from the pcos-really helps. Exercising regularly helps get you the hormones the PCOS takes away from you. Also getting on a birth control pill will help you get your period again, lighten dark spots, help with weight loss, help with hair growth, and kind of counteract the elevated male hormones the PCOS gives you. Taking care of your body makes such a difference. Natural foods will help your body work effectively and help with female hormone production. Working out will help increase serotonin levels-serotonin is what makes you feel mentally good and stable and helps with depression and anxiety- working out also helps kick your bodies good female hormone production into gear. It rids your body of toxins and helps you lose weight. It also can help you get your period because your body's endocrine system-the system that provides our bodies with the hormones we need, like estrogen, insulin, dopamine, serotonin- will learn to work more efficiently. It can also help lower your insulin levels which will help lighten the dark thick patches you may find throughout your body. The dark spots are usually caused by unstable insulin and blood sugar levels.

      Getting on a birth control pill, eating right, exercising, staying away from fake unnatural foods, and even taking some herbs and roots will help with counteract PCOS symptoms.

      *EDIT

      PCOS is something you do have to worry about. Having PCOS quadruples your risk for heart related problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease, and triples your risk for ovarian and cervical cancer, it can keep you from having children, and it literally affects every part of your body. From your vision, to your skin, to your joints, to your mental well being, even to your ears. You are at higher risk for infections and skin problems like acne and dandruff; you are at higher risk for dehydration. Your liver, pancreas, kidneys, and thyroid can all be affected. And your endocrine system is what is most affected. Without your endocrine system working properly your thyroid gets affected, without a proper functioning thyroid system and endocrine system, your heart, liver, colon, kidneys, sweat glands, pancreas, digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system, immune system-all of these can be effected. PCOS works against your endocrine system. It can cause simple thing from hot flashes, to cold sweats, to urinary track infections, to headaches, to nausea, to sensitivity to motion, to mood swings, to pimples, to depression, to eating disorders, to metabolic disorders. It can affect your period, decrease/increase your sex drive, make your breasts sensitive, make you get food cravings, cause weight gain, weight loss, affect your appetite. PCOS can affect/give you all these things. Maybe right now you don't feel any of this, maybe right now you are ok, but if you let PCOS go untreated, whether by not eating healthy or exercising, or even not taking certain medication, mark my words your body will be affected. With PCOS your body has to work harder. It has to work harder on insulin production and hormone production. With PCOS your body doesn't work efficiently. I mean it’s called a disease for a reason. It is up to you to help your body and work in sync with it.

      Don't get me wrong, just because you have PCOS does not mean you can not live a normal healthy life. It is just that PCOS causes your body to miss out on things it needs and to help your body get those things it needs you need to work with it. You need to give it those things it needs-maybe in the form of medication or natural remedies, maybe from something simple such as diet and exercise.

      I have done a lot of research, talked to many doctors, talked to a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a dermatologist, did some research on how the body and it's systems work, read studies and findings from top medical sites, read books and blogs, watched T.V programs, looked up different medications and remedies. I am not speaking out of my rear here. There are some doctors who don't know some of the stuff I know, and I found that out from a doctor LOL, there are some doctors that will play it down, say that it is nothing to be worried about. It is. I have had for a while now, experienced the worst of its symptoms, and now that I know how to treat it I have seen many improvements. You would be surprised what knowledge can do for you. All in all, take care of yourself. Talk to your doctor, and know your body.

  50. QUESTION:
    What are these symptoms signs of?
    So I'm a 17 year old male. I've been getting rotating diarrhea / constipation for the past month and a half. I have thin stools quite a bit, can't really tell if they're bloody. I've been waking up in the morning much earlier for the past 2 days due to massive shooting pains in the bottom of my stomach. Yesterday i was nauseas all day, today it's a bit better. Anyone have any idea what this can be?
    Forgot to add that i have the chills

    • ANSWER:
      IBS, or something similar.

      Colon cancer,although possible, would be incredibly rare at age 17.


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