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How should I collect a sample for a stool sample test?

Dear Zack I am glad to know that you have taken the first step towards screening for colorectal conditions. Please note that a stool sample test is designed to test for "occult blood", which is blood traces within the stool that cannot be seen by the human eye. If you can already see blood eith...
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What could be the cause of left abdominal tightness and pain?

Dear Zack, It appears that you have two issues which may or may not be related. Left lower quadrant abdominal tightness and pain, which occurs episodically through the day, is described as colic. In a 26 year old gentleman, the causes of left lower quadrant abdominal colic can o...
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Is passing a pale, greenish stool a cause for concern?

Hi Alex, thank you for getting in touch with us. Stools are an extremely interesting subject. We usually use the Bristols stool chart to figure out what your type of stool is. Stools can have many colours, but the main ones that doctors are really concerned about are black, ...
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Do irregular meals cause gastric problems?

Thank you chershell for your questions. It sounds to me that you could be having more than physical problems if you are taking your first meal at 4pm. It can be extremely lonely and overwhelming for a young parent. Perhaps, you could explore additional help or support. Regard...
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Could nausea and pain near my rib cage be due to gastric problems?

Thank you chershell for your question. It can be quite frightening to have these uncomfortable sensations. Have there been big events in your life recently? Have there been huge changes in your weight or diet recently? Nausea after food and pain over the lower rib cages can be...
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What could be the cause of blood clots on passing motion?

Hi Esther, Seeing blood in the toilet, or with wiping after passing motion is common, especially when you are passing hard stools or constipated. Most of the causes of such bleeding are not life-threatening; common causes include hemorrhoids and anal fissures. However, the o...
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When should I be worried about unintentional weight loss?

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for your question. We generally define clinically important weight loss as over 5% of body weight over 6 to 12 months. It is possible that the stress from your last semester at university may have contributed, but if you have been eating and exercising...
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What could be the cause of black stools and dull ache at my pelvic area?

Hi James, Black tarry and unformed stool may represent the passage of altered blood - also known as melena. The most common cause of melena is internal bleeding from peptic ulcers, usually originating from a point higher up in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract like the stomach ...
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When is blood in the stools a cause for concern?

Hi Jen, Bleeding from the back passage is actually one of the most common complaints seen by doctors. The good news is that most of the time, the bleeding is caused by something none-worrying. For example, most people who experience bleeding, as well as a bump around their but...
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When do I need to seek medical attention for acid reflux?

Dear Janice, Thank you for your questions. GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder. It refers to the backflow of stomach contents (which is acidic) up to the foodpipe. It is a common problem and can be due to lifestyle (e.g taking certain acid-reflux trigerring food, ...
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What could be the cause of bloating and cramping in the abdomen?

Dear Irkizanil, Bloating and cramping are what doctors term as "vague" symptoms as they do not specifically point to any particular organ or structure in the body, yet sometimes these can be the first signs of something more serious happening within the body. For a younger pe...
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What are the common causes of gastric pain?

Dear Jingwen, Gastric pain is a commonly experienced symptom by people of all ages. For someone of your age-group, benign (non-cancerous) causes are more likely. Examples of such conditions include peptic ulcers, gastritis, gastro-esophgeal reflux disease (GERD) and functio...
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What should I do next for epigastric pain with radiation to my chest?

Dear Shirlene, Thank you for your question. From your description, the cause of your symptoms is most likely due to acid reflux that is typical of gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. However, other non-gastric causes of similar symptoms include heart disease - espec...
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What could be the cause of right lower abdominal pain?

Dear FB, There are many causes of lower abdominal pain which can range from benign and easily treated conditions, to more serious and potentially fatal diagnoses. From a gastrointestinal viewpoint, examples of the former include irritable bowel syndrome, while more dangerous cau...
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Should I get checked for C. Difficile if I have a stomachache, cramps and hard stools after an antibiotics course?

Thank you for your question. Diarrhoea is a relatively common side effect experienced during or after completing a course of antibiotics. This may also be associated with belly discomfort and bloating, but is usually self-limiting, short-lived and not associated with fever. ...
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Could stomach pain and difficulty passing motion be a sign of cancer?

Dear JY, Cancer of the digestive tract is not very common in your age group (36 years). However, there can at times be exceptions, especially if you have a family history of cancer. Perhaps you may need to consult a doctor with the view to a gastroscopy and colonoscopy if...
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When should I be worried about unintentional weight loss?

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for your question. We generally define clinically important weight loss as over 5% of body weight over 6 to 12 months. It is possible that the stress from your last semester at university may have contributed, but if you have been eating and exercising...
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What could be the cause of left abdominal tightness and pain?

Dear Zack, It appears that you have two issues which may or may not be related. Left lower quadrant abdominal tightness and pain, which occurs episodically through the day, is described as colic. In a 26 year old gentleman, the causes of left lower quadrant abdominal colic can o...
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How should I collect a sample for a stool sample test?

Dear Zack I am glad to know that you have taken the first step towards screening for colorectal conditions. Please note that a stool sample test is designed to test for "occult blood", which is blood traces within the stool that cannot be seen by the human eye. If you can already see blood eith...
1 Doctor Answer
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Is passing a pale, greenish stool a cause for concern?

Hi Alex, thank you for getting in touch with us. Stools are an extremely interesting subject. We usually use the Bristols stool chart to figure out what your type of stool is. Stools can have many colours, but the main ones that doctors are really concerned about are black, ...
1 Doctor Answer
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When do I need to seek medical attention for acid reflux?

Dear Janice, Thank you for your questions. GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder. It refers to the backflow of stomach contents (which is acidic) up to the foodpipe. It is a common problem and can be due to lifestyle (e.g taking certain acid-reflux trigerring food, ...
1 Doctor Answer
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What could be the cause of black stools and dull ache at my pelvic area?

Hi James, Black tarry and unformed stool may represent the passage of altered blood - also known as melena. The most common cause of melena is internal bleeding from peptic ulcers, usually originating from a point higher up in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract like the stomach ...
1 Doctor Answer
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Do irregular meals cause gastric problems?

Thank you chershell for your questions. It sounds to me that you could be having more than physical problems if you are taking your first meal at 4pm. It can be extremely lonely and overwhelming for a young parent. Perhaps, you could explore additional help or support. Regard...
1 Doctor Answer
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What could be the cause of blood clots on passing motion?

Hi Esther, Seeing blood in the toilet, or with wiping after passing motion is common, especially when you are passing hard stools or constipated. Most of the causes of such bleeding are not life-threatening; common causes include hemorrhoids and anal fissures. However, the o...
1 Doctor Answer
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Could nausea and pain near my rib cage be due to gastric problems?

Thank you chershell for your question. It can be quite frightening to have these uncomfortable sensations. Have there been big events in your life recently? Have there been huge changes in your weight or diet recently? Nausea after food and pain over the lower rib cages can be...
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