Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe conditions causing longterm inflammation of the gut. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the two types of IBD. IBD results in symptoms like diarrhea, fever, blood in stools, and loss of appetite.
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Are frequent bowel movements a symptom of a stomach bug?
Query: Hi doctor, For the past 10 days, I have been having frequent bowel movements. At first, it started with lots of pain, but the pain got subside after relieving my bowels. The stools were softer and of large quantity. No blood in stool, but a little bit of red color on my toilet paper. I have hemorrho... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Your history suggests two differential diagnosis:Irritable bowel syndrome. Colitis that is inflammatory bowel disease.Since your prior investigations were normal, irritable bowel syndrome is more likely.I need the following details in order to gui... Read Full »
Will my bowel infection be detectable by a nuclear scan?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 70 year old female. My height is 165 cm (5'5") and weight is 70.3 kg (155 lbs). My current medications are Quinapril-HCTZ 20-25 mg and Diltiazem 24HR ER 120 mg. I am experiencing discomfort in the right buttock for the past one year. I had a total body nuclear scan done recently a... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in detail. Please find my observations below. The x-ray is always useful when reporting a CT scan. It provides a two-dimensional picture of the screw which is seen to be partly ... Read Full »
Can spicy food cause hemorrhoids?
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 26-year-old male. I am 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weigh 255 pounds. When I eat spicy food, I poop blood. Sometimes when I have constipation as well, I poop a little bit of blood. I am really scared that I have colon cancer. I do have diarrhea often. I do not have a family history ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your information and test reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). So, in view of that, there are a couple of things that I can opine upon: I want to clarify if your body weight is in kg or pounds. Your accompanying informatio... Read Full »
Kindly suggest treatment for ulcerative colitis?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from ulcerative colitis for the past five years. I had a colonoscopy twice and sigmoidoscopy once in the past five years. I am 28 years old. I had Balacol 750 mg six times a day and Mesacol enema for a month. Because of short supply of Balacol, I cannot take it for one week... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com We are here to help you. This is a chronic condition and requires chronic treatment based on the severity of the disease and the ongoing symptoms. Treatment is mostly with anti-inflammatory medications like Sulfasalazine and Mesalamine (Mesalazine). Reducing infl... Read Full »
What are the causes of CD in children?
Query: Hi doctor,I used to get diarrhea and stomach problem since my childhood, and I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in my small intestine. So I want to know whether people who get this disease in their childhood get it from their parents only? I know that people sometimes get it in their adult stage b... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read very carefully about your queries. 1. Why Crohn's disease is more common than ulcerative colitis in children? In the preschool group, ulcerative colitis is more common than Crohn's disease, but in older children, Crohn's disease is more common than ulcerative ... Read Full »
What could be causing my poor digestion and bowel irregularity?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 44 years old male. I have a good diet. I have been taking good care of my health for the past 20 years as my digestive tract is bad for many years. Can you review my medical records from July and compare it with my CT scan done yesterday? One thing which is confusing me is the promi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The paraaortic lymph nodes mentioned in the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is almost in normal limit. The enlargement will become significant only if you have pain in the abdomen or fever or weight loss. There could be many causes for bowel dis... Read Full »
What causes mucus and blood in stools?
Query: Hi doctor, When I am using the restroom, I saw bloody mucus in my stool. What does it mean? Recently, I suffered with diarrhea and black stools. I had treatment for diarrhea and having bloody mucus in stools. Currently, I am taking gastric tablets and medicines to control diarrhea. Read Full »
Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern and worry about the severity of the situation. Loose stool along with increased frequency of stool (6 to7 times per day), mucus and occasional episodes of bleeding suggest inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease)... Read Full »
What is the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker. I recently had one and that came back as 43 (per laboratory should have been under 34). I do not have cancer and I am wondering what else could cause this elevation? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CA 19-9 (cancer antigen) is a tumor marker, but it can be elevated in healthy individual. It can be elevated in benign conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It can be elevated in various gastrointesti... Read Full »
My M2-PK level is 150. Does it mean that I have cancer?
Query: Hello doctor, My M2-PK is 150. Does it mean that I have cancer? There was no pain, just a regular checkup. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinic.com. No, it does not imply cancer alone. Many healthy people, as well as patients with other non-cancerous diseases like rheumatic diseases, diabetic nephropathy, chronic heart diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, sepsis, may have elevated levels. So there ... Read Full »
My mother has diarrhea, and her stomach is bloated and paining. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, My mom is not feeling well, and I am concerned about internal bleeding. This morning, she had a decreased appetite, foot swelling (right), and diarrhea. She has back pain along with pain and bloating in the abdomen. She just wants to go to bed. She also noticed some spotting in her underw... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Diarrhea, back pain, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite are most probably due to a colon cause, which could be an inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulosis. If these episodes keep coming, your mom will need a colonoscopy to confirm the diagnosis.As for the spotting... Read Full »