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Question: stomach problem

 852963 - Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:50 am

i am 18 years old and about a 5 weeks ago, my stomach started to act funny. i lost appetite and i had like a bubble popping/twitch feeling in my stomach. i have no idea what is wrong. right now it feels like there is something in my stomach. it stays at the top of my stomach, but sometimes it feels like its behind my ribs. the last time i had sex was at least 6-7 months ago. i couldnt be pregnant at all. cuase pregnant woman eat a lot and gain weight. i didnt gain weight. i cant go to the dr. cause i have no insurance.

can someone please help me?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:47 pm

User avatar Dear 852963,
According to your symptoms the possibility of the underlying cause could be included in the following disease examples:
IBS, which 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 complaints off
Abdominal pain or colic
A bloated abdomen
Gaseous distension
Either Diarrhea or constipation or an alternating between both of them
Mucus containing stool
Stress increases the frequency and the severity of symptoms in almost all cases.
Super added infectious GI attack will worsen also the symptoms.
Certain types of foods contain, chocolate, milk and alcohol might aggravate the condition
The symptoms and signs of IBS are very non specific and shared by many other conditions affecting the GI tract. The diagnosis although made by exclusion of other causes, however abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation lasting at least 12 weeks is the main criteria for the diagnosis of IBS.

•The symptoms and signs of IBS are very non specific and shared by many other conditions affecting the GI tract .

Malabsorption and food intolerance should be excluded too by e.g. testing stools for fat absorption, and the blood tests for celiac disease respectively. In addition to specific tests for lactose intolerance.


Only by complete history, physical examination and investigations , the correct diagnosis can be reached. I advise you to keep on Follow up with your doctor.

Best regards,

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