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diverticulitis ? upper stomach swollen just under rib cage

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my upper stomach is really swollen just under rib cage. sometimes is very tender to touch. my lower stomach or waistline is not. when i need to have a bowel movement the upper stomach gets really extended. i exercise alot, walking for at least 30 min. aday at a fast pace and i have no problem breathing, but sometimes just walking up 1 step makes me out of breath. sometimes laying in bed i start gasping for air. i know i am over weight, but i have large muscles because at times i have to do a lot of heavy lifting at work..unloading trailers with up to 2000 cases of items that weigh 50 lbs. my doctor says i am fine am not heavy, just keep walking, but this under my rib cage scares me.. i had a colonoscopy 2 years ago which is where they discovered my bowels do not funtion correctly. sometimes am constipated for days, than i have very lose stools 7-10 times aday for days. please tell me what to do.

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replied December 3rd, 2007
Bile Duct Disorders Answer A3374
You wrote: "List of other diseases, conditions, or injuries and their treatment: hypothyrodism, diverticulitis

Diagnosis that has been suggested: thyroid med. watch what i eat for the other

Current medical status: i have had none except for blood test which showed my thyroid problem and the colonoscopy 2 years ago
Current medical treatment: levothyroxine 0.05mg(50mcg) once a day"

According to the symptoms that you report (pain in the upper stomach, bloated stomach, constipation and diarrhea) you might be experiencing one of several possible gastro-intestinal disorders such as an intestinal infection, intestinal tumor, gallbladder disorder (stones or infections), gastritis, duodenitis, peptic ulcer, hiatus hernia, etc. Diverticulitis in the colon is also one of the possibilities. Beside these organic diseases there is one functional intestinal disorder called Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that may be a possible diagnosis. IBS is a functional intestinal disorder without any organic damage. But before establishing the diagnosis for IBS all the possible organic disorders have to be excluded. Beside colonoscopy you can also perform some other diagnostic procedures like gastroscopy, abdominal ultrasound, occult blood test, microbiological examination of the stool etc. must be performed

An occasional breathing difficulty is another problem that should be also investigated. Several diagnostic procedures can be also done: physical examination (auscultation of the heart and lungs), ECG, X-ray of the chest (if necessary) etc.

You can consult a gastroenterologist about your problem.

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