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Question: Stomach Pain for 6 months - in an elderly patient

 sairam - Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:31 pm


My mother has been having stomach pains for abt 6 months now. This pain is sometimes accompanied by diarrhea. We have gone to a gastroenterologist but they say there is nothing wrong with her. We had some test run (stool test, ultra sound) everything has come normal. WE are getting very concerned abt this problem. Any help/solution/suggestion? She is diabetic. has cholestrol.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:38 pm

User avatar Dear sairam,

She probably experiences a form of IBS.

IBS is one of the most common disorders that is seen in the clinic.
The disease is not due to inflammation in the wall of the GI and is believed to be due to autonomic dysfunction or hormonal imbalance, that can be easily controlled by simple changes in the lifestyle, diet.

Commonly people who have IBS complain off
A bloated abdomen
Gaseous distension
Abdominal pain or colic
Either Diarrhea or Constipation or an alternating between both of them

Certain types of foods contain, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause Constipation or Diarrhea.
Stress increases the frequency and the severity of symptoms in almost all cases.
Super added infectious GI attack will worsen the condition.

The symptoms and signs of IBS are very non specific and shared by many other conditions affecting the GI tract especially, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are caused by inflammation of the wall of the GI tract.

Complete history and physical examination, some tests may be recommended by some doctors to confirm the diagnosis like colonoscopy.

I advise you to follow up with her physician and to update him with her condition.

Good luck.

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