I have a headache and indigestion, my stools are watery, my left upper stomach hurts with B12 and cholesterol levels both low, and my hemoglobin is too high.

Q. Can high levels of hemoglobin, low amounts of B12, and cholesterol lead to upper stomach pain, indigestion, and watery stools?

Answered by
Dr. Ramesh Kumar S
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 23, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have a lot of problems in my life, doctor. My headache began two weeks ago. I suffer from indigestion to the point where I must urinate immediately after every meal. My stools are watery, suggesting that my food is not well digested. Along with this, my left upper stomach, directly beneath the ribs, is hurting. Other stomach areas do not break for me. No additional symptoms, like a cough or fever, exist in me. I occasionally have weakness, overall aches, and lower leg pain. Pain sometimes spreads to the left hand and leg. I saw the doctor, who prescribed blood work and a chest X-ray. The chest X-ray was clear. However, my blood work was unusual. My hematocrit and hemoglobin are too high. The levels of B12 and cholesterol were also low. I get good sleep so that I can work. I am taking omeprazole, an antibiotic for stomach bugs, but I still feel unwell. I am still experiencing head and body aches and watery feces. I took five B12 shots, which may be why I feel so weak. Do you believe that this is polycythemia or polycythemiavera? Should I visit a hematologist? Why do I have to urinate right away after eating? Please provide me with further details.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

The problem which you are having is called gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. An episode of gastroenteritis takes almost 7 to 10 days to settle down. Electral is available over the counter and should be taken as much as possible to replenish the fluids and electrolytes lost in diarrhea. The earlier the electrolytes are filled, the faster would be recovery. Have a lot of orange juice. You can take a banana or coconut water. Take light food and keep your body hydrated. Apart from that, there is often no specific medical treatment for viral gastroenteritis. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, and overusing them can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. It is self-limiting and will settle down by itself.

I hope I have answered your question.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


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